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    Dong Hoa Xuan: Want an Authentic Saigon Meal? - Eat Here

    by ja3ja3 Written Jan 13, 2013

    Simple, genuine, "real" Saigon neighborhood restaurant filled with local. Simply excellent Vietnamese food! OPen 8 am - 2p. But come just before non for the best food selection. Everything is made fresh daily - so when they run out, they run out!

    Favorite Dish: Ca Kho To (fish steak in caramelized fish sauce)

    My favorite - Ca Kho To
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    Quan An Rát Hué: try the spring rolls!

    by theguardianangel Written Nov 24, 2012

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    After several tours around the city, we went to Ben Thanh Market and had lunch. We were too tired to eat far from our next stop, so we ended up here in Rát Hué. This restaurant is located across the main market, enclosed in another “compound”.

    It’s very unusual though that there was not even 1 staff who knows how to speak English. When we arrived in the restaurant, almost all of the people dining had put their eyes on us. We really felt that we’re the “visitors” and when we looked around us, we realized that all of them were locals- most were people working in an office and a few families. It’s very hard to communicate with the waiters/waitresses that we have to do sign languages but I admire how these people remain polite and patient to serve us. Good thing also that their menu has English translations that we just have to point out our orders making it easier for both parties to communicate.

    The place is great. They have 2 floors, on the upper level is where you have to take off your shoes first and can seat on the floor then dine like a Japanese style (I don’t know if it’s really how they traditionally eat).

    Favorite Dish: Their spring rolls were tasty! They have 2 kinds- fried and raw. I really can’t say if the other was raw since the ground meat inside was cooked, it’s just the wrapper in which I don’t know what is made from.

    The noodles were quite different from what I used to eat that’s why I tried- dried noodles with vegetables on the side and slices of meat balls, I think. One of our friends ordered mixed rice, but I just think it’s just java rice mixed with ground meat but it’s delicious and very tasty!

    2nd floor view from above 2 kinds of spring rolls
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    Pho Hai Thien: Start the day right here!

    by theguardianangel Updated Nov 24, 2012

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    The place is great, clean and painted in green! The staffs are friendly and very courteous. The kitchen is enclosed within a clear glass which is good since the customers are able to see how their orders are prepared. Pho Hai Thien also boasts of their Vietnam record hanged in their wall and also written in the menu that they are the first one who thought of adding the color of pho with green vegetables.

    Favorite Dish: They say that you haven’t been in Vietnam if you haven’t tasted their Pho and glad that we tried! I love their Pho with beef! It’s the best! The noodles were just cooked right and the beef was cooked well, easy to chew. Pho with chicken was great too and both of which cost 45,000VND each.

    Ofcourse, my day will not be complete without having an iced cold milk coffee! I really love it! Its bitter taste with the antagonistic sweetness of condensed milk- that made it perfect! Costs 25,00VND

    Pho with beef morning isn't complete w/o iced milk coffee!
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    CARL JRS: DELICIOUS

    by alyf1961 Written Oct 11, 2012

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    Carl Jrs is an American fast food restaurant. We had a burger here in Ho Chi Minh. The burger was tasty and the chips (fries) were some of the best I’ve tasted. The Carl Jrs we visited was in the Vincom centre.

    Favorite Dish: The chips were delicious

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    HIGHLAND COFFEE: VIETNAMESE COFFEESHOP CHAIN

    by alyf1961 Updated Oct 11, 2012

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    Highlands coffee is a Vietnamese coffee shop chain. The founder is a Vietnamese man, David Thai, who went to Seattle (home of Starbucks) and saw the rise of coffee shops in the USA. He opened his first coffee shop in Ho Chi Minh in 2002 followed by one a week later in Hanoi. There are now over 80 coffee shops and the company export their coffee blend to 17 Asian countries and the US.
    The coffee is delicious and they also sell other western type products such as iced coffee’s and fruit based drinks.

    There is a large branch in the Vincom centre.

    Favorite Dish: I had a latte and Emma had a caramel creme....delicious

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    Starlight Restaurant & banquet Hall: Buffet Restaurant of Oscar Hotel

    by machomikemd Written Jul 6, 2012

    The Starlight Restaurant is the one of two restaurants of the Oscar Hotel. It serves buffet breakfast fro check in guests and the buffet are international with emphasis on vietnamese cuisine. The breakfast buffet is good, they offer lunch and dinner specials too (both International Buffet and Ala Carte Meals). Prices for a lunch buffet is 400,000 VND and for a dinner buffet at 6,000 VND. Ala Carte Meals starts at 80,000 VND to 400,000 VND, depending on the order.

    according to their website:

    nice decoration, city view, cosy atmosphere, opens from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM, serves International, Asian and Vietnamese cuisine
    - A la carte menu with a variety of tastety food for your selection
    - Buffet Lunch (from Monday to Saturday) with over 35 Vietnamese and Chinese special dishes, station hot pot, ice cream, sushi, fruits juice, herb juice
    - Weekend Seafood Buffet Dinner with 35 abundant courses: nutritive saute meat & fish, seafood hot pot station, enjoy more than 10 kinds of snails, ice cream, fuites juice, herb juice.

    Favorite Dish: we did the breakfast buffet and although there many choices of food, the outstanding meals are the vietnamese dishes of noodles and soup.

    entrance buffet wow buffet inside
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    Buffet Ganh Bong Sen: Budget Vietnamese Buffet Lunch in Bong Sen Hotel

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    The buffet offers over 50 dishes from the North, Central and South of Vietnam such as "Pho", "Bun Bo Hue noodle soup", assorted wonderful spring rolls, tasty fired Vietnamese pancake, deliciuos steamed rolled rice paper... Food are arranged in the bamboo baskets and served as its orginal style of Saigonese eating.

    Located at lobby level of Bong Sen Hotel Saigon, the buffet opens for casual guest dinning at lunch and dinner time. Buffet breakfast is also served here for hotel guests from 6:00am to 10:00am.

    Lunch at 100,000 VND ($ 5.50), Dinner at 150,000 VND ($ 9.30)

    Favorite Dish: The restaurant’s chefs prepare the colourful dish by mixing threads of noodle with green vegetables, fried tofu, fleshy shrimp and pieces of lean meat. The dish is served with banh trang nuong (grilled girdle cake) and the final product is delicious: the fatty taste of meat compliments well the acridity of chilli.

    bun bo Hue (beef noodle in Hue style), my Quang (Quang noodle), banh cuon (rice pancakes with shredded pork, mushroom and fried shallots), banh goi/banh nam (rice cake with sauteed shrimp and pork wrapped in banana leaf), banh canh cua (rice flour and crab noodle soup). cha gio Viet Nam (deep fried spring-rolls), goi cuon (fresh spring-rolls with shrimp and pork) or chao tom (shrimp sugarcane, ). Cha gio and goi cuon are very popular, but more adventurous diners should sample chao tom (consists of shrimp mixed with garlic, salt, peppers and coconut water wrapping around sugarcane. It is served with dips, sheets of rice paper, green vegetables and good fish sauce with peanuts, garlic and chilli. The bold flavour is underscored by its panoply of colours: green herbs, red chillies, white banana bud, yellow peanut). ca bong kho to (clay pot fish), canh hen nau chua (sour soup with mussels), ca phao (pickled eggplant)

    entrance Superb Vietnamese Food Selections! Vietnamese Dessert! I can nuff said!
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    Jolibee: Philippine Hamburger Brand Invades Saigon

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    At the forefront of the transformation of the Vietnamese taste buds, ironically, are not the global hamburger chain giants but two Asian brands, one of which is Jollibee. An Emerging Filipino Hamburger Multinational Chain of which I grew up with in the philippines and has followed me in the United States wherein it has 12 outlets. Jollibee owes its success to the fact that it respects local tastes. Unlike McDonald's, which was constrained by its obligation to remain faithful to its core products, Jollibee was flexible. And there are no Mc Donald's at present in Vietnam.

    For its outlets overseas, Jollibee adopts all elements in its Philippine stores including the life-size Jollibee mascot in all store entrances. A Filipino team composed of two store managers, an assistant manager, and three crew leaders were present during the opening of the new Vietnam store to guide the Vietnamese crew in the proper store operation.

    The Vietnamese crew went through a three-month training program in Manila to learn the technical knowledge on the operation of equipment and implementation of cooking parameters. They are also oriented on the Jollibee corporation values and service guidelines.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken Joy and a local variation Chicken Curry Joy is very Popular here in Sai Gon since chicken is readily available everywhere here.

    Opens: 10:00 - 23:30 Daily, average price is 25.000 - 70.000 VND (roughly 1 to 4 USD) even cheaper than the prices in the philippines!

    front Langhap Sarap in Sai Gon Front entrance Slightly Cheaper and Slightly different menu yum
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    Co Lien: Bo La Lot - Don't be fooled by its look

    by sunshine_01 Updated May 5, 2012

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    I was brought to this shop for dinner by Ms Tran, it did not have a fanciful interior; a shop so ordinary that you would not give a second look when you passed by. This place is only frequented by the locals.

    This shop sells Bun thit nuong, nem nuong, banh hoi, mo chai etc. However, their speciality is bo la lot. It was actually marinated beef wrapped in betal leaf and then grilled. We ordered the bo la lot and also the grilled beef rolls. The bo la lot were being grilled at a bbq pit outside the shop and were brought to our tables piping hot. Dry rice paper, fresh herbs, cucmber, pickles, lettuce, vermicilli, their special dip sauce etc were served. The grilled beef and an assortment of ingredients were placed onto the rice paper and then wrapped like a spring roll.

    I thought they had to soak the rice paper to soften them before use. Apparently, the rice paper was so thin and flexible that we could use them to wrap the ingredients directly. The moisture of the bbq beef and other ingredients simply softened the rice paper. The beef rolls were grilled just right; it was juicy, slightly sweet and absolutely delicious. I would say the star of the day was their dipping sauce; it was a perfect compliment to the bbq beef rolls. It was slightly sweet and had some blended pineapple. I'm not sure what else was in the dipping sauce because it was their secret recipe. Each bo la lot stall has their own kind of dipping sauce and it was this sauce that makes or breaks the dish.

    The cost of the dinner for both of us was 92,000VND. I loved to explore restaurants or eating places that were not endorsed by celebrities or too touristy. Sometimes, you could find good food at the most unlikely place. I'll definitely be back for more.

    A link that introduces the food at http://diadiemanuong.com/home/f11/%5Breview%5D-quan-co-lien-bo-la-lot-mo-chai-ngon-o-vo-van-tan-q-3-a-9333/

    Bo La Lot-Not pretty to look at but very delicious Ingredients for the wrap & the special dip sauce Ingredients placed on top of the dry rice paper Vendor preparing food The shop selling ba la lot
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    Nhu Lan Bakery: Lovely baguette

    by sunshine_01 Updated Apr 17, 2012

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    Nhu Lan bakery is a shophouse that is divided into a few sections: selling groceries, cakes, various types of street food such as banh mi, pho, goi cuon tom thit(spring roll with shrimp & pork) and rice dishes. It was quite popular with the locals.

    I was there to eat the banh mi(vietnamese sandwich). There was a wide selection of various cured pork and ham at one of the stalls. At another stall there was roast beef filling for banh mi. In the end, I ordered banh mi with a slice of ham, pate, pickles, spring onion, cheese, cucumber and a pat of butter. I loved the crusty and slightly chewy baguette. Simply delicious. The banh mi cost me 20,000VND. The next time round, I would love to order a roast beef banh mi.

    They have a menu for juice, drinks and various local food written in both English and Vietnamese. The various fruit juices cost around 20,000VND-30,000VND. Other drinks such as coffee, fresh milk, iced lemon, yogurt etc cost around 8,000-20,000VND. Goi cuon cost 10,000VND and the pho, bun(noodles), various com(rice) dishes cost on average 40,000VND.

    Delicious Banh Mi Various ham selection, pickles & banhmi assembling Roast beef & pork floss for banh mi A stall selling local food Various stalls inside Nhu Lan Bakery
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    Huong Vy restaurant: 24 hours restaurant & bar

    by sunshine_01 Updated Apr 16, 2012

    I was searching for a eating place recommended by my hotel's receptionist but I just could not find it. I gave in to my hunger and decided to have my dinner at this restaurant. I was shown to a seat in the backlane. Surprise, surprise.... there were more restaurants & bars along the backlane and it was quite crowded. This place seemed to be a popular hangout among the expats: eating, drinking and socializing.

    I ordered a plate of seafood banh Xeo(sizzling pancake) that cost 44,000VND. Banh Xeo is a savory dish and the pancake is made from rice flour, tumeric, coconut milk, egg, water and stuffed with beansrpouts, pork, prawns etc. The word Xeo refers to the sizzling sound the batter makes when it is in the hot pan.

    I had read reviews that a good Banh Xeo should be thin, crispy and have a slight taste of coconut. But I tasted none of those in my banh Xeo. The banh was flavourless, thick and quite soggy. The filling has about 3 shrimps, a few pieces of squid and lots of bean sprouts. Even though there was a bowl of sauce that you can dip your banh Xeo, I still find it a bit bland. This place could be good only for beer, some finger food and to chill out.

    Huong Vy located in the back packer district I was seated at the backlane Many hangouts along the stretch of backlane Seafood Banh Xeo-prawn, cuttlefish and beansprouts Banh Xeo(sizzling pancake)
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    Elbow Room: Meatloaf! mashed potatoes, comfort food

    by oilcandude Written Apr 4, 2012

    My friend Tristan is the owner of this and anothr great place in HCMC Skewers, great food, friendly staff, english spoken, great blues live upstairs on friday night.... love it there!

    Favorite Dish: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, great steaks! hotdogs, chili, nice wine list, i could go on all night

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  • Quan Bui: A taste of Vietnam to remember !

    by Horsa Written Feb 28, 2012

    If you want to taste authentic Vietnamese food at reasonable prices in a tastfully decorated local up-market restaurant - this is the place ! There is a wide selection of Vietnamese food from all over the country (and some Western food). Every serving is freshly prepared (without MSG or added sugar) on traditional eathernware plates and bowls. It will take 10 minutes or so - but it's worth the wait ! The chef uses a delightful mix of herbs and presents the food simply but attractively. The owner, Mr Danh, is very welcoming and speaks excellent English. Expect to pay $5 to $10 for a standard meaL (without drink). I think it's the best value in town. It has quite a following among Vietnamese and foreign residents and is off the tourist beaten track. There is air conditioning, balcony smoking areas and is open all day (to 10pm).

    Favorite Dish: The Quan Bui fried spring rolls are to die for ! Also the sauteed prawns and cashew nuts are fantastic. I particularly like the crispy fried tofu with lime wedge ! There is a range of fruit smoothies and the usual beers and wine by the glass (or bottle). The fish (eg braised white fish filet with black pepper) is outstanding. Vegetables are fresh and crunchy (al dente). Many people go for the hotpot (eg the red fish hotpot or clammwith ginger) and broken rice. I like the simple chicken and fried rice dishes.

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    Nha Hang Mon Hue: good dishes from the middle of Vietnam

    by ut_lovable Written Feb 9, 2012

    This restaurant is a good place to experince good food from the middle of Vietnam- Hue. The menu's Hue restaurant is so plentiful, including a wide ranges from popular dishes like Bun Bo Hue ( Beef Noodles), Com Hen (a special dish cooked from rice and clams), Banh Beo ... to special dishes like Rice Hoang Bao, Goi Mit (Salad is made from jackfruit), Banh Canh Nam Pho (Nam Pho rice noodles), Bun Hen (Clam Noodles), Nem Cong Cha Phung (kind of Spingrolls)
    There're 8 stores of this brand in HCMC, but i would like recommend the restaurant located behind the Ben Thanh Market, It's easy to be found, and esp the waiters are so nice and friendly.
    The chief trait of the food from Hue is usually spicy. And most of dishes are served with Nuoc mam (Vietnamese sauce). it tastes really good tho, you should try it regardingless of the smell.

    Favorite Dish: Good dishes i have ever tried are "Banh trang xuc Hen", "Bun Bo Hue", " Banh Bot Loc", " Com Dap"

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    Intercontinental Hotel Saigon: Buffet Breakfast @ the Market 39

    by elhombre30 Updated Feb 5, 2012

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    Location: Ground Floor - InterContinental Asiana Saigon
    Serves: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
    Market 39 unites the best of East and West in a buffet dining experience. Seven open interactive kitchens showcase the varied sights, sounds and smells of creative international cuisine as Chefs demonstrate their dexterity and skill in serving up the very best that Western and Asian culinary traditions have to offer. Market 39 specializes in a boutique selection of appetizers, locally sourced and imported seafood.

    Must try.

    Breakfast rate per person is 25.00 USD

    Favorite Dish: Crispy Bacon

    Market 39 Buffet Breakfast Market 39 Buffet Breakfast Saigon Cofee Market 39 Buffet Breakfast Market 39 Buffet Breakfast

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