6 Tasty Food You Should Try In Bac Lieu

In the previous article, I have introduced you about the “Agri-and-Culture” aspects of Bạc Liêu – The Wealthy Wild Child of Mekong Delta. You have visited must-visit and must-check-in destinations in Bạc Liêu, but your journey would be not complete if you miss the featured cuisines of Bạc Liêu. Below are what you should check out when visiting Bạc Liêu. 

>>>We will travel to Bạc Liêu in the end of July. If you are interested, please click here.

*Bánh xèo (Bahn-xeoSizzling crêpes)

Bánh xèo is a typical dish in Southern Vietnam. But each place holds their own Bánh xèo recipe. You may have known Saigon and Cần Thơ bánh xèo, but how about Bạc Liêu? Let’s try it and compare the difference.

**Try and prove! Here’s a tip to determine the bánh xèo of your life. First, when it is served, immediately pinch a crisp on the outer side of the crêpe and put it right into your mouth. Now, it should crumble and start releasing coconut fragrance in your mouth, and you should feel almost like tasting a piece of creamy crystal. That’s how you know that bánh xèo is ‘the one’. If the crust is too thick and leaks too much grease, I’m sorry, the search for your right crêpes still continues.

Bánh xèo in Bạc Liêu follows the basic ingredients: rice batter, mung beans, slices of pork, fresh shrimps, onion and bean sprouts. But the secret that makes it unforgettable is the crispness on the crust. Many tourists keep coming back to Bạc Liêu to retrieve the authentic taste of this mouthwatering crêpes. Try it for once, the ‘bánh xèo’ of your life awaits you there!

Address: Bánh xèo A Mật61/2 Tỉnh Lộ 31, Ấp Giồng Nhãn, X. Hiệp Thành,  Thị Xã Bạc Liêu, Bạc Liêu.

Price range: 50,000 – 60,000 VND.

Bánh Xèo – the ‘yellow’ temptation.
photo: www.monngon.tv
*Bún bò cay (boon-ba-caySpicy beef noodles soup)

Vietnamese cuisine has more Bún*-based dishes than Phở*-based ones. So, next time if a Vietnamese describe you a “noodles” dish, think wider than Phở Bò. Ask them which type of noodles it is because the textures of the noodles are different.

*Bún: think of rice noodles in the spaghetti shape. *Phở: think of rice noodles in tagliatelle shape.

Bạc Liêu has a signature Bún dish called Bún Bò Cay (spicy beef Bún). If you’re a fan of spicy food, do not miss it. Non-spicy eaters can also try the milder version. Just ask for no chilli, and the chef won’t make you suffer.

The broth is the star of the dish. It’s a mixture of aromas (cinnamon, turmeric, lemongrass, ginger, etc.) which pairs perfectly with the tender beef loin. A spoonful of soup brings you pleasure. But hang on, your inner beast is about to release itself. Red chilli oil, (contains garlic and red peppers tossed in oil) floats on the surface is the reason to name the dish bún bò cay (cay means spicy). It is what we call “satay” and is the highlight of the dish.

Because of its heat, herby smell and vibrant spice, Bún bò cay is approved to be the best hangover cure for those who happened to “have too much fun” last night but want to come back to earth early morning.

Address: Quán Ánh Nguyệt 119 Cao Văn Lầu,  Thị Xã Bạc Liêu, Bạc Liêu.

Price range: 25,000 – 35,000 VND.

Spicy !!
photo: chonoicairang.com.vn
*Bún nước lèo (boon-nuoc-leoBroth noodles)

There are fresh fish and shrimp with slices of pork. The bún noodles dive in the clear amber colour broth. Wow, it looks as if the chef has scooped a tiny bit of Mekong river to the bowl. Speaking of the broth, I’ll explain why it is so special that they wouldn’t give this dish another name.

Have you heard of the Vietnamese fermented fish (or shellfish)? We call them ‘mắm’, they’re the key ingredients for many dishes in the Mekong Delta. In Broth Noodles, they cook ‘mắm cá sặc’ (fermented snakeskin gourami) with lemongrass and a special root vegetable called ‘ngải bún’ in seafood stock up to 8 hours to develop all sorts of sweetness and umami taste in the soup. The last attempt to ‘sweeten’ the broth, even more, is adding coconut water.

Scoop in a spoonful of the crystal clear broth and feel the love between mắm and fresh seafood. Now, you owe the chef a thumbs up and a compliment.

Address: Quán Út MénQuốc Lộ 1A,  Vĩnh Lợi, Bạc Liêu.

Price range: 30,000 – 35,000 VND.

_ Really? Broth noodles? You mean… just noodles and broth?!
_ Yeah, that’s true!
No, I’m kidding :).
photo: vanhoamientay.com
*Bánh tằm Ngan Dừa (Bahn-tam-Ngan-ZuaSilkworm rice cake salad with coconut sauce)

Bánh tằm (silkworm rice cake) is named after its shape. The little “worms” are hand-rolled out of rice starch dough. Bánh tằm salad includes rice cakes, pork skin strings, meatballs cooked in tomato sauce, carrot pickles and spring onion oil. The sauce is very unique because it is the combination of coconut cream and sweet fish sauce. Of course, there is some fresh chilli to balance the ‘dessert’ feeling of this savoury dish.

I had the first bánh tằm bite when I was six years old, but honestly, I found it a little odd. However, from the second bite, the oddity started playing catch with my taste buds and kept fooling around in my mouth until I finished the plate clean and clear. Do I recommend trying bánh tằm? Yes, a hundred times yes! Try it for once to experience going through from one surprise to another, but in a good way. Overall it’s a delightful tasting experience.

Address: Ngan Dừa market34 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Ngan Dừa, Hồng Dân, Bạc Liêu.

Price range: 15,000 – 30,000 VND.

Bánh Tằm is the result of the mixed culture among Chinese – Vietnamese- Khmer cuisines.
photo: tungxichlo.com
*Hủ Tíu Bò Kho – (Hu-tieow-ba-khaBeef Stew with Flat Rice Noodles).

This noodles dish doesn’t relate with the Spicy Beef Noodles I’ve mentioned above. Bò Kho (Vietnamese Style Beef Stew), is very much alike Beef Ragu; however, it has a distinct fragrance of lemongrass, star anise and garlic. Hủ tiếu bò kho literally means noodles and beef stew. A bowl of this soup includes tender beef, softened carrots, noodles, crunchy bean sprouts, fresh herbs and smokey hot soup. These elements complement each other so well that they bring the dish to cross the deliciousness standard.

Hủ tíu bò kho is preferably a breakfast dish. There’s also another way you can enjoy it, which is Bánh mì bò kho (Beef stew with bread). In this version, you will enjoy only beef stew, and a loaf of bread served alongside. For me, both versions are equally tasty. There’s one more tip I recommend: you should dip the beef in a small bowl of salt, pepper and lime which comes with the bò kho bowl.

Address: Quán Cari Vịt Linh, Cao Văn Lầu, Thị Xã Bạc Liêu, Tỉnh Bạc Liêu

Price range: 35,000 – 50,000 VND

The broth is full of fragrance, almost like a perfect perfume for the beef.
photo: afamily.vn
*Longan fruits

In the last article, I mentioned that Bạc Liêu has a famous ancient longan garden. Yes, I would be very happy to recommend the place to you. They grow many tropical fruits there, especially longan fruits (meaning dragon eyes).

Under the rough and brown skin lying the transparent flesh wrapping around a black seed, looking like an eyeball. The flesh gives you a juicy and candy-like taste. I’m pretty sure you might have to keep eating more and more of them because you won’t be able to resist yourself from its sweetness, which works like a refreshing treat below the heat of sunlight.

Besides longan, there are more fruits such as tropical tangerine, mangosteens, mangoes, and so on. Basically, it depends on which period of the year you visit Bạc Liêu because fruits are grown in crops. Longan fruits are available from June to  September annually.

Address: Vườn Nhãn Cổ Bạc Liêu ( Bac Lieu’s Ancient Longan Garden)  2,  Hiệp Thành – Vĩnh Trạch Đông, Bạc Liêu city.

Longan, anyone?
photo: lamtho.vn

I hope you will have a great cuisine experience in Bac Lieu. Bon appétit everyone!

Levi.

101 Guide to Eat like a Local in Saigon Chinatown (Part 2)

Good day guys, I am back and so excited to suggest you more places to eat in Chinatown. Are you really hungry now? If yes, let’s follow me! We’ll get food real quick.

>>>Check part 1 here if you miss it.

 Afternoon Snack

Mid-day snacks are common here. People despite their ages enjoy this extra meal with absolutely no doubt because these munchies are super delicious.

*Bánh Củ Cải, Bánh Hẹ (Radish/ Chive cakes) – fried rice starch cakes with chives or radish filling (vegan) served with pickled carrots and sweet and sour soy sauce. The cakes should taste crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside.

Address: 143, Lê Quang Sung St, Dist 6.

Price range: 10,000 – 30,000 VND

Sizzling, colourful and wonderful rice cakes.
photo: kenh14.vn

*Bò Bía (Popiah) – a famous Hokkien spring roll but has been put in a Vietnamese twist when it comes to Cho Lon. Now what we can find in a Vietnamese popiah roll is lettuce, fresh herbs, lap cheong (sweet sausage) slices, fried egg strips and stir-fried jicama (củ sắn), served along with sweet black bean dip. The roll is made exclusively tiny and sold extremely cheap. When you order Popiah, don’t order one but make it a dozen to fill your stomach.

Address: 266 Hải Thượng Lãn Ông St, Ward 14, Dist 5.

Price range: 15,000 – 30,000 VND

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Oh, I see rainbow, I see rolls! Nom, nom, nom.
photo: gocbeponline.com

*Khổ Qua Cà Ớt – bitter melon, aubergine, chilli, tomato, tofu, okra, etc. stuffed with fish paste and cooked in broth. It takes several efforts to cook this dish, but the result worths the time they spend to make it. Because what you will get is a cheerful bowl filled with a feast of colours. For now, this dish is sold in many regions outside Chinatown. But the authentic should be tasted inside the place where it is created.

Address: 52, Lão Tử St, Dist 5.

Price range: 20k – 40k VND

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The only thing I can say after finishing this delicious gift is: Oh, interesting! I go order one more bowl. ;).
photo: phunuonline.com.vn
 Dinner

Dinner time starts around 5.30 pm. At this time, the streets are filled with tempting food fragrance. You might be lost in the jungle of food in Cho Lon, however, here are some options you can choose to satisfy your hungry belly.

*Mì (Noodles soup) –  Slurping a hot bowl of noodles soup is my dinner fantasy in Chinatown.  Choices vary from chicken, duck, pork, seafood to vegetarian options. Noodles (or dumplings) are then bathed in the smoking hot broth and served immediately. What I recommend to try is Mì Vịt Tiềm (Chinese Style Braised Duck noodles). The dish is signature for its herby black broth and flavorful tender duck thigh.

Address: Mì Vịt Tiềm Thượng Hải 481 – Hẻm 481 Nguyễn Tri Phương St, Ward 8,  Dist 10.

Price range: 60,000 – 80,000 VND

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I see a sexy tanned leg there!
photo: kenh14.vn

*Vịt Quay (Roasted duck) – In this neighbourhood, there’s a street that exclusively sells roasted ducks. When entering Bùi Hữu Nghĩa street (Dist 5) for the first time, it is quite odd seeing those ducks hung in lines everywhere. They may look quite naked, but their smell is tempting and immediately your mouth starts watering. The duck meat is excellent, greasy yet meaty. The marinade is so special that you might want to marry the chef to eat roasted duck every day. However, it is not a daily meal for local people, but they do eat it often, especially on special occasions.  

Address : Vịt Quay Phát Thành – 157-159, Bùi Hữu Nghĩa St, Ward 7, Dist 5.

Price range: 300,000 – 400,000 VND / whole duck

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Poultry sister squad.
We’re ready to serve your hunger belly!
photo: lacviettravel.com.vn
Desserts

Who would NOT love desserts? Dear fellows, let’s go for a treat outside. We know that sweet treats are the perfect choice for a good ending of a “food-ful” day.

*Hong Kong style pastries (Guilty pleasure alert!) – Inside the little bakery lies many little fluffy golden treasures lying ready-to-pick-up on the trays. The popular dessert pastries are pineapple buns, egg tarts, egg waffles, taro/pandan/durian puff pastries, etc. Those delightful rascals will manage to trick your mind to consume some more calories to your diet. They’re irresistible!

Address: ABC Bakery – 229-231-233, Nguyễn Trãi, Ward. 2, District. 5.

Price range: 15,000 – 30,000 VND.

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Are you in misery being on a diet? Grab a dessert to cheer you up! 😉
photo: pasgo.vn

Chè (Dessert soups) – ‘Eating desserts is good for your health!’ This weird declaration applies only to Chinese chè. Ingredients for cooking Chinese chè are water chestnuts, dried longans (fruit), seaweeds, silver tree-ear fungus, lotus roots, dried jujubes, etc. braised in rock sugars. It might be a bit scary hearing those unfamiliar ingredients. In fact, for thousands of years, the Chinese have been practising healing health problem with food. Chinese chè encourages the body’s detoxification process, enhances metabolism and balance body’s temperature.

Address: Chè Hà Ký – 138, Châu Văn Liêm Street, District 5.

Price range: 15,000 – 25,000 VND

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Dare: name all the ingredients you see in this bowl of ‘chè’. Hint: no you can’t, it’s too complicated.
photo: daotaobepvang.com

At the end of the day, we’ve had many memorable and impressive food experience. Enjoy your good sleep, and may tomorrow bring you another feast in Chinatown. Dear folks, I hope you’ll have a unique food experience in Saigon Chinatown following some of my suggestions. Much love!

Levi.

Bạc Liêu – The Wealthy Wild Child of Mekong Delta

Visiting the Mekong Delta is your wise choice to discover the beautiful treasure of Vietnam. It is a prosperous region in terms of “Agri-and-Culture” aspects. There are yet many wonderful places to discover in here. Last time, we got to know Cần Thơ – the city of floating markets. This time, let’s travel further southwards to Bạc Liêu City – the hometown of many wealthy landlords of South Vietnam.

In this article, I will suggest 5 worth-seeing destinations in Bac Lieu, I have categorized them into nature and heritage. But you should check them all out. They’re fantastic! Trust me.

Nature

Bac Lieu converges with rivers and sea. For that reason, its natural sightseeings are various. There are Strict Nature Reserve for those who love expeditions, fruit farms for the ones who enjoy a picnic full of delicious food and fruits. But hold on, for anyone who wants the most unique picture to fill in their travel journals, you should not miss the visit to the salt field.

*Vuờn Chim Bạc Liêu – Bac Lieu’s Bird Sanctuary

Enjoy the unique trekking experience in the primaeval tropical forest and observe the wonderful biodiversity in Bac Lieu’s Bird Sanctuary. It is the home for reptile, amphibian, fish and approximately 46 bird species, many of which are listed on the Red Book. The best time to witness the parade of the birds is at the break of dawn. Standing on the observatories high above, you will listen to the fantastic music sung by the animal orchestra and all of a sudden there comes flocks of birds soaring and swinging in the pinkish blue sky. This spectacular scene makes you admire the beauty of nature and later will become the memory that lasts forever in mind.

Address: Cao Văn Lầu, Hiệp Thành Dist, Bạc Liêu city.

Rare birds in Bac Lieu. Photo: mytour.vn
Ancient Longan Garden

In the early 20th century, the Chinese immigrant – Mr.Trương Hưng – brought the longan crops from China and started planting them in Bac Lieu. The result was that they adapted quickly and provided tasty fruits that have become Bac Lieu’s speciality since then.

Until now, the 100-year-old longan tree still lives well and produce its fruits annually. While picnicking in the garden, you will taste not only the succulent fruits such as longans, rambutans, mangoes, etc. but also the delicious cuisine prepared by the local cooks. Furthermore, during the day, you will listen to Đờn ca tài tử – the local music performed live by the native artists with Vietnamese music instruments. And there you are, enjoying a wonderful afternoon under the light sunbeams on the trees. When your belly is filled with goodness, your eyes will start half-closing from sleepiness. Feel free to nap cause you worth it!

Address: 2,  Hiệp Thành – Vĩnh Trạch Đông, Bạc Liêu city.

photo: giongcayanqua.edu.vn
The Salt Field

Bac Lieu is not only gifted with rivers and flat lands but also coastlines. When travelling along the shore, the salt harvest scene is the splendid view that you’d better bring a camera to capture it.

In large ponds of seawater lying in lines many heaps of salt, on which hard-working farmers are marching one by one to collect bits by bits of the white gift from the sea. Looking from outside, it feels like they are playing with snow. But let’s face the reality: under the vigorous sunshine, no snow could exist. However, despite the heat, this amazing scene is too mesmerizing for you to leave. Keep taking as many pictures as you like. And at the end of the day, this is what you’ve been longing for: sunset on the beach. Oh, what a beautiful day! A trip to Bac Lieu salt fields gives you the most satisfying photos that you’ve ever wanted.

Address: Hòa Bình and Đông Hải district, Bạc Liêu province.

Salt harvest in Bac Lieu. Photo: didauchoigi.com
Architectural heritage

Bac Lieu is home to 3 major ethnics: Kinh (Vietnamese), Hoa (Teow Cheow – Chinese) and Khmer. Together, they have created such a wonderful unique blending living environment. In every corner around towns, it is interesting, yet, very bizarre to see French-inspired buildings and Khmer temples mixing up randomly. Here are some heritages that you must visit in Bac Lieu.

Xiêm Cán Pagoda

In 1887, the Khmer people built this religious architecture complex. It has several buildings, all of which serve specific religious functions. There’s an interesting fact that you must know: the architecture of the pagoda adapted the Angkor style from the Khmer, however, its name “Xiêm Cán”, meaning “near the water”, is indeed a Chinese name.

The pagoda is decorated with meticulous details in vibrant colours from the inside out. The most eye-catching decoration is the five-head-snakes carved on the edges of the roofs, on the arches, walls and stairs. People believe that the Buddha had tamed this treacherous species and made them guard the sacred place. It takes around 2 hours to explore this marvellous pagoda. Walking in a pure and serene atmosphere, you should take a moment to zen. Just simply close your eyes, control our breath, think slowly, and let your stress drift out to the breeze.

Address: Tỉnh lộ 31, Xã Vĩnh Trạch Đông, Thành phố Bạc Liêu, T. Bạc Liêu.

Interior decoration at Xiem Can Pagoda. Photo: gody.vn
Công Tử Bạc Liêu’s Villa

 For Bac Lieu, the late XIX-early XX century was its era of wealth as many prosperous landlords had settled their families there. At that time, the “ Công Tử Bạc Liêu” – ( Bạc Liêu Sons) were notorious for their lavishness. There were many anecdotes about their uncontrollable spendings, but the truths behind those stories were not yet proven. Still, there is one true and famous legacy of the “ Công Tử Bạc Liêu” remains until now: the villa of Trần Trinh Huy (1900-1974).

Trần Trinh Huy had lived the wildest dream. As a consequence, he went bankrupt and left his descendants nothing but misfortunate. Today, the villa belongs to the city and has transformed into a hotel/ tourist attraction. The villa was built French-style with all the materials imported from Paris, and it was the fanciest villa in Southern Vietnam. The place reserves the original fancy belongings of Trần Trinh Huy. There are luxurious items of furniture, cars, and rare decorations that will make you burst out: “How could he be that rich?”. Unfortunately, the legacy wasn’t passed down to his children. The Tran family has then been struggling for their lives. You can hear the true story told by Trinh Huy’s grandson, who is now a tour guide for the villa that once belonged to his family.

Address: 13 Điện Biên Phủ, Ward 3, Bạc Liêu

Fancy furniture pieces inside Cong Tu Bac Lieu’s villa. Photo: vietfuntravel.com.vn

Levi.

Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum – A Must Visit Place in the Heart of Saigon

Saigon traffic is Vietnamese life, a continuous charade of posturing, bluffing, fast moves, tenacity and surrenders.” Andrew .X. Pham

I dropped a smile when reading those lines, cause being a Saigonese myself, I agree with the author that it is truly a delightful chaos. However, finding a peaceful place to temporarily rest your soul in the centre of Saigon isn’t that hard. For those who are looking for a quiet spot in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum is the place to be.

A brief introduction to the Museum

This building was constructed by a group of French architects between 1929 and 1934 as formerly a villa owned by the Chinese wealthy businessman Hứa Bổn Hòa (Uncle Hoa). The structure of the blocks combines between Art-deco style and Oriental fusion. It is one of the typical fusion buildings amongst several legacies that Saigon earned pending its colonial period. The museum was first opened to the public in 1989, storing collections of paintings, potteries, religious and non-religious sculptures from ancient to temporary time.

Little fact: the building has totally 99 windows. For those who want to retrieve their childhood, try a hide and seek evening here!
photo: saigoneer.com
Reasons to visit Fine Arts Museum

Saigon owns its fame for the complex historical backgrounds. When travelling here, you might find most museums have historical, but particularly, Vietnam war concept. Fine Arts Museum, however, is unique as it is the only art museum in the city. Personally, it is my most favourite museum in Saigon and here are some reasons that I think you should write it in your Saigon travel list:

*Approachable

Fine Arts Museums is located in district 1, considerably opposite to Ben Thanh Market. So, it is not difficult to find the way to the museum. You can walk there after visiting Ben Thanh Market. From the market’s main entrance, cross the roundabout, continue straight to the big gasoline station, the museum is right behind!

Direct address:  97A Phó Đức Chính, Quận 1

*Unique Vietnamese arts experience

Blocks, floors and exhibition rooms are categorized by certain periods of arts development in Vietnamese society. Maps of the museum are available at the ticket counter. But it doesn’t matter visiting the museum with or without guidance. For me, I prefer getting lost from one little corridor to another while admiring every charming piece of art inside the museum.

Temporary and modern arts are displayed in the main building. Items in here are paintings and sculptors represent arts during colonial time, wartime and post-wartime. You will find in here many spectacular artworks, especially, Vietnamese lacquer paintings – an authentic Vietnamese painting technique.

Famous lacquer painting: Spring garden Central-South-North by artist Nguyễn Gia Trí.
*A journey to the vintage Saigon

Spending an easy afternoon in the museum is like taking a mind gap from the busy atmosphere outside. The 90-year-old building holds the perfect vintage view since it has kept the original design since its first construction.

Patterned ceramic tiles swap colours from rooms to rooms.
photo: vntrip.vn

Right at the entrance, there’s a retired elevator that was one of the first lifts ever introduced to Saigon’s fancy villa. From rooms to rooms, the playful tiles swap colours and patterns gives the kaleidoscope effect. Towards the corridors, sunbeams slant through half-opened windows, reveal the mystery of the hidden art treasure in town.

Mysterious corridor, the mistress of the sunbeam.
photo: tapchikienthuc.com.vn

In the third block of the museum lies a truly mesmerizing work of arts. A spiral stair accompanying a stained glass window leading towards the floral pattern ceiling. Witnessing this corner might make you respect the architects for their wonderful aesthetic in interior design.

Mesmerizing spital stairs in the smallest building – a diamond in the rough.
photo: mytour.vn

A thorough visit takes approximately 2 hours, but it is possible to stay longer. Just bring a book (or sketchbook) of your choice and enjoy a quiet and peaceful afternoon apart from the busyness outside. The museum’s open hours is from  8:00 to 18:00. Tickets price is 45,000Đ per entrance.

Writer: Levi

 

101 Guide to Eat like a Local in Saigon Chinatown (Part 1)

Chinatown, located among districts 5, 6 and 11, has a rich and colourful culture built by the Chinese Vietnamese locals. The town fascinates people by its variety of religions, temples, lifestyles but more importantly, cuisine. There’s an old saying regarding an ideal life as “ Ăn cơm Tàu, ở nhà Tây” ( Eat Chinese food, live in Western houses). If you happen to visit this charming town, why not experience a once in a lifetime feast of joyful Chinese food? Chinatown’s food will serve your appetite perfectly.

One of the most remarkable food experiences I’ve had so far belongs to the food in Chinatown. I always remember celebrating many splendid occasions and eating the tastiest food ever in this delightful town. Now, please let me guide you through every meal they eat daily. Just like the Spanish diet, the locals enjoy 5 meals a day, all of which are colourful, flavorful and wonderful.

 Breakfast:

 The most important meal of the day. On weekdays, these are signature breakfast dishes that you must try:

Bánh Mì Chảo (Bread and a Pan) – a small loaf of bread serves along with fried-eggs and liver paté and meatballs in tomato sauce.

Address: Bánh Mì Chảo Cô Phương.  4A, Lê Quang Sung St, Ward 6, Dist 6.

Price range: 20,000 – 40,000 VND

“Everything” set: fried egg, liver paté, meatball and jambon.
Photo”foody.vn

 Hủ Tiếu Hồ (Teocheow’s noodles) – chewy flat rice noodles cooked with pickled mustard green, pork and intestines.

Address: 237 Cao Văn Lầu St, Dist 6.

Price range: 25,000 – 60,000 VND

Photo: afamily.vn

 Dimsum  – Weekends are the time for special treats. Eating a dim sum brunch in restaurants is a popular tradition maintained in many family reunions in Chinatown. On the table, there are small steam pots loaded with a plethora of dumplings prepared in different styles. There is no limit for ordering food. The restaurant keeps serving new dishes as long as you are able to finish them all.

Address:

Baoz Dimsum Restaurant, 86-88 Nguyễn Tri Phương St, Ward 7, Dist 5.

Dim Tu Tac, 29B, Trần Hưng Đạo St, Ward 6, Dist 5.

Price range: 150,000 – 1,000,000 VND

Dim sum – a Hong Kong style break’feast’.
photo: baomoi.com

Lunch

Lunch meals are served from 11 a.m until late noon (3 p.m). Portions of food are ready to serve instantly when you arrive at the food stalls, delivery service is also available. But hurry up! The later you eat, the fewer options you can choose.

 

 Sa Tế Nai (Satay Noodles) – rice noodles cooked in special broth with peanut fragrance and chilli oil, topped with slices of beef or deer meat and fresh herbs.

Address: Lâm Phát Ký – 311 Lê Quang Sung St, Ward 6, Dist 6.

Price range: 30,000 – 60,000 VND

Beef bathes in the lovely satay broth Photo: monngonvietnam.vn

 Cơm Gà Hải Nam (Hainanese Chicken Rice) – The notorious Hainanese Chicken Rice is a wonderful choice for lunch. Each portion contains tender chicken pieces served with rice cooked in the same broth they cook the chicken and soy or chilli sauce on the side. Having its first bite makes you realize you haven’t had anything as “chicken” as this, keep enjoying until its last bite, you might fall in love with the chicken!

Address: Cơm Gà Hải Nam –  934, Trần Hưng Đạo St, Dist 5.

Price range:  30,000 – 60,000 VND

Tender chicken and its perfect partner chicken rice.
Photo: bepgiadinh.com

Looks like we’ve spent half a day satisfying our hungry tummies. Now, please take a long walk around to discover the beauty of Saigon Chinatown. I’ll be back in a short while and show you where to eat for the rest of the day later!

Thank you and see you soon!

Levi.