Our other favorite place to eat is Nha Hang Ngon (another recommendation of Chie of The Nomad’s Black Book). It’s where tourists can enjoy street food without worrying about a bum tummy. According to what we’ve heard is that they gather up the best street food vendors in HCMC in one roof. Some people say that the sanitized version is not as good as the actual street food versions…but it tasted pretty darn good to me! We at here twice in one weekend. My salivary glands are in overdrive again just thinking about it hehe!
It’s a massive open air restaurant with an al fresco courtyard area and other cozy seating inside the villa type structure. There is no centralized kitchen. Different vendors prepare the food you order the menu in their respective stalls. It was a lovely experience wandering around and checking out all the wares and seeing them prepare the food!
We started with Vietnamese Iced Coffee (of course! ) to wake up. Then fresh coconut juice for me & I think lemonade or lemon soda for TD. Banh Hoi Chao Tom Cuon Banh Trang (Pounded Shrimp Has fried on sugar cane served with vermicelli, rice papers & vegetables). Cut off the pounded shrimp and assemble the wrap then dip in Nuoc Cham and BOOM! Yummm….
Now this is the dish that I still dream about! The Cha Gio (Fried Spring Rolls served with Vermicelli, fresh herbs and Nuoc Cham sauce). 1) Use the lettuce as a wrap. 2) Place the herbs, vermicelli and some of the fried pork spring rolls on top. 3) Wrap. 4) Dip in the Nuoc Cham sauce. OH. MY. GOD.
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