Eating Vietnam, Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table BOOK REVIEW

By Luc Gougeon As I recently came back from my third trip to Vietnam, I read Graham Holliday’s Eating Vietnam with a certain amount of street food nostalgia. If you never been to Vietnam, you need to read this book, if you have been, read it anyway. Picture from Harper Collins

By Luc Gougeon

As I recently came back from my third trip to Vietnam, I read Graham Holliday’s Eating Vietnam with a certain amount of street food nostalgia. If you never been to Vietnam, you need to read this book, if you have been, read it anyway.

Picture from Harper Collins

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L’Usine et la Cafétéria de l’Usine

If you don’t speak French, l’Usine means factory in English and it’s a word to remember if you visit Ho Chi Minh.

If you don’t speak French, l’Usine means factory in English and it’s a word to remember if you visit Ho Chi Minh.

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Pho Chay Nhu

I had my first Vietnamese vegetarian/vegan meal two years ago in Hue and I decided to start this new year with a pho chay.   I found this pho place on the great gas.tron.o.my food blog and I am very thankful.

I had my first Vietnamese vegetarian/vegan meal two years ago in Hue and I decided to start this new year with a pho chay.   I found this pho place on the great gas.tron.o.my food blog and I am very thankful.

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Quan Thuy 94 Cu

In my mind Quan Thuy 94 Cu is just crab 94, a number that will forever resonate with one of the best meal I had in Vietnam. It was so good, I actually went twice just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming the first time.

In my mind Quan Thuy 94 Cu is just crab 94, a number that will forever resonate with one of the best meal I had in Vietnam. It was so good, I actually went twice just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming the first time.

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Sui Cao Dai Nuong

We started our day at Cho Binh Tay market right in the heart of the chinatown.  The Cho Binh Tay market is not as touristy as the Ben Thanh market in the center. It’s really worth a visit if you want to see a real market without being yelled at every 2 seconds.

We started our day at Cho Binh Tay market right in the heart of the chinatown.  The Cho Binh Tay market is not as touristy as the Ben Thanh market in the center. It’s really worth a visit if you want to see a real market without being yelled at every 2 seconds.

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Pho Hoa Pasteur

We say in French: L’avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt (the future belongs to early risers) and if this is true, Vietnam will have a very bright future.  If you wake up early in Ho Chi Minh, you could always do like the locals and head to Pho Hoa Pasteur for a good … Continue reading “Pho Hoa Pasteur”

We say in French: L’avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt (the future belongs to early risers) and if this is true, Vietnam will have a very bright future.  If you wake up early in Ho Chi Minh, you could always do like the locals and head to Pho Hoa Pasteur for a good morning pho.

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Nhu Lan banh Mi

Get yourself a ticket for Ho Chi Minh. Ask the driver to take you to the tallest building in town (It’s the Bitexco Financial Tower). Walk around the tower until you find a corner restaurant with a long line of locals and tourist(It’s Nhu Lan restaurant). Wait in line and get a banh mi. Enjoy … Continue reading “Nhu Lan banh Mi”

  1. Get yourself a ticket for Ho Chi Minh.
  2. Ask the driver to take you to the tallest building in town (It’s the Bitexco Financial Tower).
  3. Walk around the tower until you find a corner restaurant with a long line of locals and tourist(It’s Nhu Lan restaurant).
  4. Wait in line and get a banh mi.
  5. Enjoy and maybe  buy a second sandwich for the road.

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