For lunch, we headed to Cuc Gach Quan for some traditional home cooking. And by home cooking, I meant some high quality cooking you’d expect for special occasions. This wasn’t your run of the mill Vietnamese food. No. It was some well prepared dishes that delivered on it’s hefty price tag. Expensive, when compared to other restaurants around here in Saigon.

The restaurant sits across the street from the office of the owner who happens to be a renown architect. You will notice the refined touches to the delightfully unique French colonial home. Inside the living areas are divided up into dining sections. I wish I took pictures of it, but you can visit their site to get a glimpse. You can even book a specific room on their site for special parties.

Our order consisted of classical dishes my mom used to make with a few others. And I have to say, they nailed the flavors. It felt like I took a time machine back to when I was a kid, gleefully gobbling up bowls of rice while sampling one dish after another. That’s what I really really liked about the dishes here. They are on the smaller side, which might be due to my familiarity to oversized American portions. Still, this meant we could order more and get a complete feast. We did just that. No regrets. The whole meal was a field day. Each dish standing tall on its own and a few that worked so well together.

I have to say, this place satisfied my Vietnamese itch for high quality food.

Cuc Gach Quan

10 Đặng Tất, Tân Định, Quận 1
Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
+84 8 3848 0144

Verdict: It’s on the expensive side. But if you want to have everyday Vietnamese food, stop by for a feast.

Dau Hu Trung Chien Xa Ot

This one was interesting. It's tofu with egg whites covered with minced lemongrass. Crispy and soft, the tofu had a mild taste while the lemongrass gave it a floral taste. Not bad.

100,000 VND

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Ba Roi Xao Mam Ruoc

This was my first time having this dish. It's minced pork braised in shrimp paste. So imagine the pungent smell along with a heavy saltiness that mysterious draws you back for more.

95,000 VND

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Ca Loc Kho To

One of my favorite dishes my mom used to make, well, sans the fancy pot. It's braised cuts of fish. This was a local fish that had too many small bones for my liking. But the flavors were there.

95,000 VND

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Canh Chua Ca Hu

And always accompanying my favorite dish was another all time classic, the fish sweet and sour soup. This time the fish filets didn't have many bones and the meat was firm and fluffy. A great way to eat it was to dip the fish itself into the nuoc mam while pouring the soup over your rice. Pair that with the other fish and voila, you'll wonder how you finished off three bowls of rice.

100,000 VND

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Rau Muong Xao Toi

The stir fried morning glory with garlic will make you feel healthy. Easy to eat and the unique crunch of those stems will empty the plate rather quickly. Grab some before your dinner guests do!

90,000 VND

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Sua Dau Nanh

A small bottle of refreshing soybean milk that you can pour into your glass of ice or simply drink it straight from the bottle. For me, I'll choose the ice this time. It was just too hot of a day.

65,000 VND

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The OxPosted July 8, 2017 By the hungry ox

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