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It is perhaps the greatest adventure you can embark upon in Vietnam today. And April just might be the best month to do it! So, that’s what we did! After enjoying Tet holiday with Hai’s family in Saigon, taking a short excursion into the Mekong Delta towns of Vĩnh Long (Hai’s family roots) and Bến [Read on ...]
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Nhân Quán488 NguyễnThị Minh KhaiP.2, District 3 Even as Saigon transitions from that charming Indochine pearl of days gone by to its new Singapore-wanna-be identity, Eating Saigon! continues to seek – and discover – among the traffic-jammed streets of Ho Chi Minh City truly classic and traditional Saigon street food gems.     Our most [Read on ...]
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Eating Saigon! by Admin - 4M ago
Change can be good. That is, as long as it doesn’t involve the disappearance of your favorite Saigon phở bò eatery AND of your favorite phở gà restaurant in the same month! TMC – “too much change”!! Luckily, there’s good news. They didn’t actually disappear. They just found new homes and relocated. Phở Phú-Vương First, [Read on ...]
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Bún Thịt Nướng – Chả Giò01 Nguyễn Trung Trực(at the corner of Lê Lợi)District 1 ***************************** I had worried that all the Saigon subway construction along Le Loi Street would have pushed out this classic Saigon street food eatery.   Happily, its still here and still serving a great bowl of bún thịt nướng and the best chả giò in [Read on ...]
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  Bánh Cuốn Tây Hồ127 Đinh Tiên Hoàng StreetDistrict 1# 38200584 **********************************************   There’s almost nothing better for breakfast in Saigon (except maybe phở bò or cơm tấm) than bánh cuốn. This thin rice/tapioca paper, crepe-like wrapper housing chunks of pork meat, taro, and onion, along with bits of wood ear mushroom called out to [Read on ...]
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After decades of making perhaps the best phở gà (chicken phở), Phở Hà was forced to move just down the street by a landlord eviction. Although the landlord has tried to replace Phở Hà‘s menu himself at its prior location, do yourself a favor and stick with the excellent original now moved a few doors away at its new location: 17-19 Hải Triều Street, District 1. Read [Read on ...]
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Eating Saigon! by Admin - 5M ago
  here & now74/1Phạm Viết ChángBình Thạnh District028 2253 8183 ************************************* The day’s heat was already pushing past 90 F at 9:30 am, when Hai and I set out on our morning jog / “power-walk” to Bosgaurus coffee shop, about 2 miles away.  Only a few blocks into our mini-marathon, I noticed a shortcut through an alley we [Read on ...]
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Eating Saigon! by Admin - 5M ago
Oasis Cafe303 Lê Văn SĩPhú Nhuận District028 3991 1991****************************************** Fish with your coffee?  That’s what you’ll get at Saigon’s Oasis Cafe.   Actually, the coffee and fish are served up separately at this Vietnamese, European, Disneyland establishment.  The cafe sua da is presented in a traditional ice-filled glass, while schools of koi fish are free to swim through the flooded cafe floor [Read on ...]
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While Hai and I returned to Vietnam just a few days ago at the end of the Year of the Dog, the new year has just arrived and it’s now The Year of the Pig! We celebrated the Year of the Pig at last night’s dinner appropriately, with  braised pork shoulder (thịt kho trứng); and then [Read on ...]
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Gà Quê 15 Ngô Tát Tố Bình Thạnh District Quán Phong Lan54 Cửu LongDistrict 100988 818 971 ********************* There we were, on an almost deserted street of Saigon at 4:30 am just outside the Saigon Zoo (already closed for the Tet holiday) doing our extremely early jog/power-walk (inspired by jetlag), when the celestial message appeared! [Read on ...]

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