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    Various: Famous beef noodle of Vietnam

    by muratkorman Written Nov 7, 2008

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    You can find many resturants in HCMC serving Beef Noodle which is a local favorite meal in Vietnam. Around backpackers area, you can just go into one restaurant and order this delicious meal.

    Favorite Dish: Beef Noodle

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    333 Beer..don't leave Saigon without it

    by bpwarne Updated Aug 17, 2007

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    Do'nt know if the legend is true or not but it goes back awhile. 33 beer was purported to have formaldehyde in it back in 1970 when I was in Saigon. Supposedly as a preservative. Back then it was the beer of choice for many 'Saigon Warriors' as there were not many other choices. Sure, you had American brands which you could buy at the PX and most probably did, but they kept those in their fridg in their barracks or their off post apartment to drink. Or they sold them on the black market. You had a ration card and were only allowed so many cases a month, however if you knew the right person you probably had two or three ration cards, which made for a happy camper. The first of the month you would run to the PX, buy all the
    cigarettes, beer, and liquor (Hennessey was worth gold)you could, then sell it to a cabbie, the mama san at your apartment, or a bar, which more than paid your rent for the month and gave you extra pocket money besides. If you went out to the bars on Tu do Street or Plantation Road, etc, American beers were relatively expensive as they were the same beers sold to the bars by the GIs on the black market. I was told it was originally a french beer (French?...beer??). In any event, they were not bad but did have a very distinct taste. The 333's I had in Vung Tau, Nha Trang, and Saigon tasted different than the old 33 beer I remembered , rather flat, a lot like the low grade American domestics such as Bud or Coors. Not much kick either.
    Regardless of how it tates now, many vets returning to Saigon for a visit will certainly want to try the new 333 beer and compare it to the 33 beer of old.

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    BiBi's/Le Bordeaux/Le Caprice: French restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

    by Eurasian68 Written Jan 6, 2006

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    There are several French restaurants in the city. A popular and cosy bistro is BiBi's-colourful and affordable with Mediterranean flair. Quite remote but well worth the detour is Le Bordeaux, an excellent and romantic spot. Perhaps the classiest act in town is Le Caprice-the cuisine quality, views and indeed the bill are sky high

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    everywhere: Local Restaurants

    by mnhaus Written Apr 6, 2005

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    there are so many good places to eat! Went to a small place in Go Vap where I was told they served "food from the forest", recommended to me by a local. They had an interesting array of foods. One of my favorites was the fried fish - they are just crispy little things that have a mild flavor and go great with a bia.
    Wish I could remember the directions....sorry

    Crispy fish!

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    by travelmad478 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite Dish: In Saigon, we had everything from incredible French pastries to a delicious clear soup with shrimp and spinach. Go figure. I wish I could remember names and locations of restaurants, but since I was there in 1996 my suggestions would probably be outdated anyway.

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    The Chinese district, CHOLON,...

    by drolkar Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The Chinese district, CHOLON, is a good place to go for Chinese food.

    Favorite Dish: The omni-present Vietnamese dish is pho or noodle soup, which comes in many varieties.

    Coffee is usually served with evaporated milk and is therefore very sweet. The bread and croissants are probably the best to be found in Asia, no doubt thanks to the influence of the French !

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    I can't say I have a favourite...

    by carstenj Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I can't say I have a favourite restaurant in Saigon, home cooking is good though. In general, chinese and vietnamese cuisine is good, cheap and plentifull.
    We tried Shrimp Burgers which were not bad at all.
    Fresh Coconut juice or Sugar Cane juice made fresh as you wait. It is so good and refreshing.

    Favorite Dish: NOT is the ducks eggs. They actually contain a small duckling and this is considered a delicatesse. Yuk!

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    no name known: Eating snake? Isn't it dangerous?

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Feb 24, 2004

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    Snake is a delicatesse and is never on the normal menu.
    In our hotel, the owner asked us if we were interested to eat snake in a nearby restaurant. They had to have at least 8 customers to afford the meal.
    The second, they already had 6 people and asked us again...
    Well, we were late, having had a few beers, and were the last ones to enter.
    The butcher made his entrance, bowed and showed the enormous snake around his arm. He went from table to table because he cut the head off. Above two glasses... ours!!!
    The snake blood dripped in our wodka and we had to drink it.
    I closed my eyed and drank it in one time.
    I got applause but didn't feel very brave...
    Luckily we had a few beer before so that I had no time to realise what I was doing there

    Ho Chi Ming, snake supper

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    Thuy Restaurant: Best Crab Fried Rice/Vermicelli and Crab ROLL

    by icebaby0 Written Jul 19, 2006

    Local restaurant - no air conditioning etc.
    Ask for menu. The crab roll and crab vermicelli and fried rice was FANTASTIC. Lots of crab bits on top. The crab roll is too die for. Softshell crab was only So-So.

    We had 1 plate of crab fried rice, 1 plate of softshell crab, 1 plate of crab roll, 2 drinks. Total cost 110,000 VND (USD7).

    Crab Fried Rice Softshell crabs and Crab Rolls
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    Pho

    by yuet29 Written Apr 1, 2005

    Pho is noodle soup. The noodle is like thailand noodle but smoother. Add vege, lemon and bean sprout to the soup yourself. If you want to try real good pho, I will suggest you to try it in the south, thats my personal opinion.

    There is a restaurant selling good pho in pham ngu lao, the shop is located at the corner of the street of Pham Ngu Lao- Do Quang Dau.

    chicken noodle- pho ga
    beef noodle- pho bo

    The price for a bowl of pho varies from 8000-12000D. There will be tower on your table, each of them cost 1000D if you use it.

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    Must try Cui Quon

    by yuet29 Written Apr 1, 2005

    Cui Quon, i hope i spelled it correctly. Or in another words, vietnamese spring roll.

    There are 2 kinds of vietnamese spring roll, the fried one and the raw one. Both are must try. However, the fried one is kinda common in se-asia. The raw one is special. The ingredient a bit different from spring rolls in malaysia or singapore, they put noodle instead. Sometimes u can get prawn inside also. If any trip or package include lunch, u can 95% sure that there will be spring roll =)

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    caphe den da

    by yuet29 Written Apr 1, 2005

    Vietnamese coffee is so famous that I even heard of it before I go there.

    Coffee in vietnamese is called caphe. 'den' is black and 'da' means ice. So caphe den da means ice black coffee.

    Vietnam coffee is so aromatic. The coffee comes with coffee filter and sugar. You have to wait for the coffee to filter through and add the amount of sugar you preferred.

    The places that most popular fofr coffee is dalat and nha trang. Cost for a glass of coffee is in average 4000D. In Dalat, you can easily get for 2000D(very cheap)

    If you like vietnam coffee so much, you can purchase the coffee beans. For conveniency, they can even grind for you so that you can test for the different flavor. However, after grinded, the coffee powder cannot keep for long time.

    The coffee filter can be bought in any coffee house with only 2000-4000Dong. Roadside in Hoi An have stalls that try to sell the coffee filter at an extreme ordinary expensive price.
    Ask in any coffee shop, they have at the price i meantioned.

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    Sinh To

    by yuet29 Written Apr 1, 2005

    Sihn To is another favourite drink other than caphe den da. In english, Sinh To is actually fruit shake with milk added. Anyway, you can choose not to add the milk.

    I have tried different Sihn To but my favourite is Sinh To Xuai, mango shake. Other places like Hue also have a shop with sign " we serve best fruit shake in Hue", trust him, it is true.

    A glass of Sinh To cost 4000-5000D usually, but you can still get 2000D, which is quite rare but happened.

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    Dont miss Ca Keo

    by yuet29 Written Oct 18, 2004

    "Ca Keo is a kind of fish caught from Mekong river", when Vietnamese said this, you can feel how proud they are to this special gift. Ca keo look small, thin and about 15cm long.

    There are a few different way to cook this fish, we tried bbq, fried and stim.

    For the bbq, they use a stick to punch through the fish body from head to tail when it is alive. then put on the pit and burn it until it dies. Thus, very fresh.

    You really have to try this. My vocabulary is just not enough to describe how delicious it is.

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    Dont miss Bia Hoi

    by yuet29 Written Nov 11, 2004

    You can get Saigon Beer everywhere, but only from roadside stalls you will get Bia Hoi.

    I heard from a japanese girl, where she heard from a westerner than Bia Hoi is a must in HCMC.. so that night both of us asking for Bia Hoi from one restaurant to the other.. finally we get it from a road side stall selling may be baby duck egg and frid snails or something like that..

    It cost 6000D a bottle.. cant remember exactly but is almost 900ml.. cool yea! Just get to know that this is vietnamese self brewed beer.. saw those locals who eating dog meat.. must have bia hoi together..

    There was a taiwanese guy sitting besides us on that night.. he was happy seeing us drinking beer.. initially we only want to try the beer, but later after we finished our bottle, he ordered more and treat us.. me and 2 japanese.. sit on small chairs chit chatting..

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