Vietnam is one of the best places in the world to enjoy street food.
I have been coming to Vietnam on a regular basis since 2002 and i still have to say that i find few restaurants in the country that beats the littl street food stalls you find in every corner of the nation.
Some people are a little worried about eating street food, but in Vietnam you can be quite sure that the produce is fresh as this is one thing they pride themselves in there and they might even be killing the animals they cook right in front of you as they tend to buy the anmals alive to make sure the meat is fresh.
I have personally never gottel ill from eating street food in Vietnam and i have eaten it hundreds of times over the years.
In Vietnam they also tend to shred the meat in to small pieces and when that is done and the food is cooked right in front of you then you should be fine to eat it.
I have worked in several kitchens around the world and taken various hygene courses and most street kitchens in Vietnam do not worry me at all even if i do come by a place from time to time that is no good from that perspective.
But go ahead and try the street food in Vietnam.
It's for sure one of the highlights of visiting that country.
The house was built between 1913 and 1915, Built with the French, In the past year, the house was restored to its original shape, the tiles of its secondary roofs green again, then it just needed to be repainted, as the strong arch is actually as new today as it ever was.
The Ninh Kiều park was also overhauled last year, and its beautiful garden now spans down to the market hall itself, providing a great, green promenade to idlers at night, leading them to Phương Nam.
Lunch and dinner
Phuong Nam serve Vietnamese cuisine as well as Western cuisine, and can accommodate groups of over 100 people, whom we can treat to the best of what the Mekong delta can give.
Please contact us for the set menus and arrangements for your groups.
The place is open throughout the day, so you do not have to worry about your time schedule, and may even show up unexpected to find the team ready to serve your group.
Traditional Vietnamese cuisine
Phương Nam serves a large sample of traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
Favorite Dish: Mekong delta specialties
Among the numerous specialties of the Mekong delta, you will find the following specialties worthy of a taste.
The imperial rolls, Cần Thơ style, wrapped in a light and crispy layer of the thinnest rice noodles, and well-done to the core.
Fish in clay pot
Fish in clay pot, the now renowned specialty of Cần Thơ, a tasty Catfish served with steamed rice, still in the clay pot in which it was cooked.
Shrimps steamed with beer
Shrimps cooked in beer steam, served in a delicate lime sauce. A taste of the local delicacies
Classic Vietnamese cuisine
To those who are discovering Vietamese cuisine, or who would rather stick to the standards, Phương Nam offers a wide choice of the classic dishes that make Vietnam renowned for its savors.
Rice noodles soup with beef
Rice Noodle Soup, The classic among the classics, a tasty clear soup with your choice of beef or poultry.
Pork in clay pot with coconut juice
Pork in Caramel Sauce, sweet pork bits in their cooking sauce, indeed in their clay pot, served with white rice.
Diced beef, a very easy dish, that will please anyone who would not depart from the classic tastes, and still give them the best experience
Further than the inescapable beefsteak with fries, and for those who long for a taste of occidental cuisine, Phương Nam also offers a wide range of western food, with an emphasis on French-style cuisine, prevalent when the market hall was built.
A choice of Niçoise (tuna), Season's salad, even
A North-Eastern France tarte-style specialty
Sea bass with green pepper sauce a thick, juicy piece of beef meat served with a light sauce
Pizza Margherita, vegetarian, Hawaiian, marinara...
Spaghetti Bolognese or Carbonara.
More detail please access website : http://www.phuongnamrestaurantcantho.com
a wonderful palace type colonial restaurant with traditional dishes and friendly staff.
(they serve all for us on the plate) an array of noodle dishes so hard to remember now as was told in Vietnamese. All were good beef and duck dishes.
Been local , traditional and colonial architecture it is vry well my next stop here and recommended.
Favorite Dish: to hard to remember them in vietnamese by local folks who took me there with some French, and the dishes were many, fast, delicious beef and duck meats.
a lively place with live music, great terrace, people mover, great beef dishes and for me the terrace with a nice tiger beer outside with the world going by. Very nice place to measure the action and pump of the city
Favorite Dish: I stop here for the apero the beer tiger the ambiance, and the people mover passing by in the terrace.
Elephant fish is a favourite dish when tourists visit the Mekong delta in Vietnam. It is available at many restaurants in the area.
The elephant ear fish was amazing. They looked menacing with their mouths wide open and staring eyes. We got one each, Emma and I both ordered one. The lady came and showed us how to take the fish from the bone and wrap it in the rice paper, it was delicious although I didn’t like the chilli dip it came with.
Favorite Dish: ELEPHANT EAR FISH
Sumo BBQ provides you with a wonderful variety of foods of your choice at a set price. Order as much as you want.
They also have very nice sushi.
They set up a grill in the table for you to grill your own food.
Later they replace the grill with a hot pot for soup.
It is not cheap, but it is worth the price.
They have two locations in HCMC and three in Hanoi.
Favorite Dish: Beef and shrimp grilled at the table were wonderful.
Sushi boat was filled with a large variety of sushi.
The place is pretty popular and sometimes there is a waiting list. Once inside I was amazed at the menu.
Steaks, lamb chops, excellent appetizers. A real surprise.
They have small steaks which are very nice and not too expensive (about $5.00USD) and really nice sauces to accompany the steaks.
They also have more expensive cuts of beef and some other items are more pricey. But all I am sure are worth the price as everything I had was excellent. I ended up there three times and have decided it is my favorite restaurant in HCMC.
It is in District 1, but seemed off the beaten path.
Reservations are recommended!!
Favorite Dish: The steak with the green peppercorn sauce was excellent. Fantastic sauces.
Really excellent menu which looks like it belongs in a high end hotel restaurant.
I LOVE Dim Sum !! If you have never had this before, you really need to experience it.
Dim Sum is basically appetizers. Steamed or fried, small bites of usually meat, seafood or vegetable wrapped a rice or flour dumpling. There are also BBQ ribs and other small bites.
We found this restaurant, located in District 3 and knew it was going to be good just by the number of people eating there.
The restaurant has a vast menu, serving both Chinese and Vietnamese food and of course Dim Sum.
We actually took my father and mother in law to the restaurant, they NEVER having tried Dim Sum (being traditional, typical Vietnamese) and they absolutely loved the food.
You order as much as you like, remember each order consists of three or four dumplings so order a variety. they only cost about $2.00USD each. We order about ten different types of Dim Sum and then order more of thoses we really like.
Even though the Dim Sum seems cheap, when you finish and are completely satisfied, expect the bill for two to be around $20-25.00 USD, including your drinks.
The restaurant has a couple of floors, so you should not have any problems getting a table.
Favorite Dish: Shrimp dumpling (Bahn Cuon Tom) (ha Cao Tom Tuoi) just about every dumpling on the menu is good.
The small ribs area also very good.
If you like to eat....and love a variety of food...and want to grill your own food-then go to this restaurant.
Happy Tom (shrimp in Vietnamese) located in District three is a large open restaurant with buffet tables loaded with raw food that you pick and bring back to your table.
Your table will be set up with a BBQ Grill and you then grill your selections.
And I mean SELECTIONS!!! From beef to pork and chicken (including their feet)...to fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, and clams...to vegetables.
There is an amazing selection to choose from. There is also a soup and salad bar.
The staff are very attentive, watching the buffet table and literally "dumping" more food on the table. The place is very busy and food disappears fast but no fear, more will arrive quickly.
The smell is also wonderful...if you like the smell of BBQ and smoke.
It is a set price menu, I believe about $15.00 USD and included the drinks. It is all you can eat and believe me...we did, even having to replace the grill with a new one, loaded with fresh charcoal.
There were a few tourists but mostly Vietnamese. Remember...eat where the locals do!! LOL
Favorite Dish: Everything was delicious and fresh. I mostly stayed with the meat selections. The shrimp was very nice although it comes with shell and head attached, The fresh oysters were a nice touch.
They also have a variety of sauces to choose from, including wasabi, hoisen and a number of others.
We stopped at this corner bar several times, for really cold beer, and frequently had a plate of fresh spring rolls on the side. The staff speak English and are friendly. Didn't check out the rest of their extensive menu. Inexpensive. Free pool.
Favorite Dish: Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Food were excellent. I noted the name but I am not sure now because I couldn't find this name in internet. This address may be belongs to there... :-((
Minh Anh: 65 To Hien Thanh street, tel: 04.9760401
Favorite Dish: All of them were good
Once or twice a year, I go off my largely vegetarian diet to eat my favorite dish, Saag Lamb. Mike, a fellow member of Virtual Tourist is an American who has lived in Saigon for several years. Although he doesn’t like Indian food, he was kind enough to accompany me to the” Saigon Indian Restaurant.” I had pulau (rice and peas) and garlic Nan. Both excellent. (If you like good Nan, this is the place to go. They have a large selection.) The palak curry left something to be desired – the sauce was wonderful but the lamb was tough and fatty. I took one bite and left the rest of the meat on the plate. Mike had sweet corn chicken soup which he said was not spicy and very good. The ambience was pleasant and with a beer for me and a fruit drink for Mike, the total bill came to around $14.00
Favorite Dish: I only ate here once so I cannot adequately answer this question,
Quan Bui is a new restaurant with 2 floors and a balcony on the edge of the central district (District 1). The food is authentic, contains no MSG or added sugar and is very fresh and well put together. The ambience is very inviting (chic black tables and traditional Vietnamese earthenware plates and bowls) and the staff are very friendly. The owner, Mr Danh, speaks perfect English but his staff less so (enough to communicate). The chef clearly has a lot of experience in using many different herbs and spices to bring out the flavours of the food - although the joy of the restaurant is the simplicity of the food. The menu is quite extensive - with dishes from around Vietnam (eg hot pots, crispy spring rolls, excellent seafood, sauteed chicken/pork/beef dishes, braised sea fish and garden vegetables). I have eaten there a number of times and would put it on a par with Hoa Tuc (a much longer established restaurant which is five times the price !). Definitely worth a try !
Favorite Dish: The sauteed shrimp with cashew nuts is to die for ! Also the fried tofu with lime wedge, salt and pepper is great (you squeeze the lime into the salt/pepper mix dish and dip your cubes of cripy fried tofu into it). It's worth ordering a plate or two of vegetables (eg the green beans are stir fried with garlic and soy sauce) and a covered pot of rice. There are also some Thai dishes on the menu which are done well (eg clams cooked with ginger or lemongrass, Thai hot pot). I would also recommend the spring rolls. Basically it's all good !
Everyone raves about restaurants in Hoi An... we came with great culinary expectations, and were really disappointed: indiffernt food of low quality almost all over. One notable exception is the Good morning Vietnam, although it mainly serves Italian food. The people are friendly and the owner, Massimo, helpful. Just don't talk politics with him, he's quite angry with the entire world.
Favorite Dish: Special of the day, when we went, was a swordfish carpaccio, meaning raw sword-fish slices... delicious, but not for those who can't eat garlic, as they surely abounded. I loved it. My husband had some more conventional pasta with shrimps.. he quite liked the added spoonful of caviar on top.
A good meal... only slightly pricier than other restaurant in town, but ten thousands times better
We arrived here late at night b/c we had no idea where it was, not even a real address. It was pouring rain and we were running around asking people. Of course no one knew where it was but gave us directions anyways....
It is upstairs and the door isn't obvious.
Becasue it was late we didn't have alot of time to order and just ordered some basic chicken adn rice dish. It was all really good though, and I imagine it would be nice to spend a few hours there with some wine.
When we were there the room next to us had been rented out for a xmas party. The waiter suggested that instead of trying to talk over the noise we join in (he also let us know it was an open bar) We crashed it, but didn't stay too long. I was jet lagged and tired.
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