112017Jul

Top 3 Banh Mi To Try in Saigon

You probably already know that bánh mì literally means bread in Vietnamese and also that it’s available on almost every street here in the city. But what you may want to know is what to try during your visit. Well, I’ve got three types I’d recommend all within the center of Saigon. The first place is known to locals as the “lesbian sandwich shop”, Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa. Not sure why it’s called that, but I am sure they make a damn tasty sandwich. And I’m not the only one…

102017Jul

What You Need to Know About Ốc

One thing you need to do in Vietnam is to đi nhậu, or ‘go drinking’ in its basic translation. However, it’s more than that. It’s the act of getting together with friends and celebrating their company for hours on end. Beer and food is always involved along with the loud banter and occasional singing. Sure, it may sound familiar, like your izakaya or tapas or even happy hour for some of you. But no, this tradition, or even obligation I dare say, is usually done street side on those small…

092017Jul

Zipping Through the Streets of Saigon

I don’t always sign up for tours, but one Airbnb’s Experience caught my eye, the Saigon Street Food Fest run by Saigon Extravaganza Tours. A tour which takes place on the back of a scooter whisking you around town. Not only will you see local shops and taste the foods, but you’ll get to experience the traffic first hand, piloted by experienced drivers of course. That sounds like a win win scenario. Although, being Vietnamese myself, I wasn’t sure. For the best spots for food, I had my friends. For…

082017Jul

The Classic Dishes at Cuc Gach Quan

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…

062017Jul

Oysters Prepared 24 Different Ways

There’s a stretch of Vinh Khanh Street in District 4 where you can lines of stores making seafood for your street eating pleasure. One such place, Chilli, stood out for its offering of oysters prepared in 24 combinations. There was a bit of a hesitation splitting two dozen oysters between the two of us, but as you know, we only live once. Plus, this was a place for nhau, where friends get together for hours of food and beer. There was plenty of time and no need to rush. We…

052017Jul

A Taste of Hai Phong at Dì Lý

Looking for a late night bite that’s light and casual in the heart of District 1? Stop by Dì Lý – Bánh Đa Cua for some northern cuisine from the Hai Phong region. A flavor that’s not too heavy on the palate, yet still relying on the ingredients of seafood. It’s tucked away from the bustling streets and up the stairwell into its moderately sized dining room. It’s a great escape for some good wholesome food. This was a quick bite to eat tonight. And since I did my research, when…

052017Jul

Venturing Out For Cơm Tấm

You will find signs for cơm tấm, broken rice, all over the streets of Saigon. From small carts with those legendary plastic red chairs to established restaurants luring you in with the sanctity of air conditioning. Either way, to find the best one the advice I got was simply “the one where you can smell the grill a block away.” Under all this scooter exhaust, I thought it would be a challenge. But no. Seriously, you can smell that goodness. No vehicular pollutant was stopping that scent of barbecued pork….

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