Food is cheap, healthy, clean and super yummy in HCMC. It was one of the goals of our trip – to eat as much authentic Vietnamese cuisine! I’ve already featured all the phở bò we ate and our top 2 favorite restos, L’Usine and Ngon, so here is the rest of our trip from the point of view of our tummies.
- 4D Thi Sach St, Dist 1, District 1 – Riverside, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (View map)
We had free breakfast at the hotel so we took advantage of the free meals in the morning. The food was okay and it was nice to have coffee and something in our tummies before we started our days. The breakfast area and restaurant is small but bright and clean looking – always something I appreciate. There was a limited buffet but the basics of eggs, toast, fried rice, and other Asian breakfast food was there.
- Moc 85 Ly, Tu Trong, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- (08) 248 561
You could get better com tam at Com Tam Thuan Kieu or Com Tam Kieu Giang, The best place to eat com tam is com tam Ba Ghien, a single mom and pop location in Tan Binh district, best grill pork chop you’ll ever have.
- 8 Lê Quý Đôn, 6 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- (08) 3930 9604
- 119 Bui Vien Street, Dist 1, HCMC
- 84 8 38369220
This last restaurant I am only including as a cautionary tale. After walking around the backpacking district during a hot day, we were thirsty, starving and a bit frustrated by the overpriced items in the shops in this area. We noticed that most of the places to eat were open air and no respite from the heat and humidity. Until we saw Stella Restaurant and Cafe (Italan and Vietnamese Food), which had an air-conditioned area. TD was insisting we just get a drink and go back to our neck of the woods for a bite. But cranky-hungry-me insisted on ordering beef noodle soup. It was not the Pho I expected. And worse it was not as cheap as we thought it should be considering the lesser quality food, seedy ambiance, questionable hygiene, etc. It was less value for money than if we had just eaten L’Usine. To put it simply, it was a rip off. On the bright side we were able to use the not-so-clean rest room and also got hydrated enough to find our way back to Dong Koi.