After a trip to Anaheim, this westsider decided to check out the Little Saigon area in/around Westminster. While there were several options for vegetarian Vietnamese food, we decided on Hy Lac - not for any really good reason - we found a space in the crazily packed A Dong market complex and Hy Lac Chay Quan was the veggie place in that center.
We ordered imperial rolls, a rice vermicelli with egg rolls and (fake) BBQ pork, and a (fake) seafood soup. Oh, and a fresh lemon soda. The soft skin rolls were OK, but the wrapper was a bit too thick and gummy. The soup was decent after mixing in a good deal of the bean-based sauce on the table - that added some much needed body to the broth. The vermicelli bowl, however, was really pretty good. The fake pork took a minute or two to grow on me, but I decided I really enjoyed it. The crispy rolls were, unfortunately, not so cripsy as they were cold. Still, this place had a nice pepper sauce (not Sriracha, which they also had -- this was less vinegary) and the sauce for the noodles was quite nice as well.
While this was by no means the best vegetarian food (or even vegetarian Vietnamese) food I have ever had, I would frequent it for the noodle dish if I lived nearby. Cheap too - $14 for all of the above.
Where else should I try for vegetarian Vietnamese (location not really limited)???
Hy Lac Chay Quan (the same kitchen as the tea shop next door)
9211 Bolsa #121
(in the A Dong complex, across the street from the huge Asian Garden Mall)