Category: Vietnam

[HCM] Splendid French Affair – La Villa Restaurant

Vietnam has more than just local Vietnamese food. French cuisine in Vietnam is as famous as its local food. As Vietnam was colonized by French, they definitely had some influences on the food. People have told me that I had to try, at least once, a French meal during my stay in Vietnam, because it could be as authentic as France. As this is fancier than any other restaurants in the city, of course we saved it for special occasion.

[HCM] A Legendary – The Lunch Lady

A trip to Ho Chi Minh city isn't complete without a visit to the Lunch Lady! The food stall is located a bit out on the East, where there's no tourist attractions but I told my mother that I had to go, otherwise I'll leave with regrets. I'm glad that mom approved too! It's a fave of both the locals (more) and tourists. What's so special about the Lunch Lady? The menu changes daily! Yes... 7 days a week, 7 types of noodles!

[HCM] “Cà phê” to Independent Coffee Moments in Saigon

As I've done a brief introduction of Vietnamese coffee in the Hoi An coffee post, the coffee scene in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh city) is more vibrant and westernized compared to Hoi An. There are myriads of cafes in the city, such as that the entire building has a cafe on each floor. The entire city is exploded with cafes due to its own coffee culture, but I managed to find some of the so-called "third wave" cafes!

[HCM] Banh Mi Crawl in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh)

Do not tell people that you've been to Vietnam if you did not have, at least one, banh mi! "Bánh mì" means bread in Vietnamese, but people used it to refer the banh mi sandwich, which the fillings varies from places to places. The baguettes are normally 3/4 foot long. They're sliced from the side, filled with assorted meats, such as luncheon meats or grilled pork patties, pâté, and finished with Vietnamese pickles, cucumbers, coriander, and choice of chili sauce or chili. Now the question, where to get banh mi in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh city)?

[HA] “Cà phê” Moments in Hoi An Ancient Town

Coffee production has been playing a major role in Vietnam's economy since early 20th century. Nowadays, the Vietnamese-style coffee is known all over the world for its special brewing method. People in Vietnam consume quite a lot of coffee daily, and it is seen everywhere, from the street vendors to coffee shops. That being said, how can one visit Vietnam without trying authentic Vietnamese coffee?

[HA] A Foodie Tour in the Enchanted Hoi An Ancient Town

Hoi An is a beautiful city located in the Central Vietnam. Moreover, the Hoi An Ancient Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ancient town is situated a long the Thu Bon River, which allowed a lot of Chinese and Japanese brought goods to Vietnam for business. They left an incredible legacy, such as Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and ancient warehouses, which bestowed the town a touch of various cultures. As Hoi An used to be a cultural melting pot, it reflected on their cuisines as well.