Month: January 2013

District 1 sights and food delights

District 1 sights and food delights

This is from the same day we went to the bakery I wrote about but I wanted to separate the day so here is some of the sights and food delights around District 1 and at a market in another district we visited.  The…

Four weddings and no funerals

Four weddings and no funerals

  Part of trip is about family and hounoring the connections that are so important to Vietnamese culture. We came to Ho Chi Minh first this trip to attend a family wedding and to see the various extended family that remains very close even…

Where Vietnam beats the McMeal

Where Vietnam beats the McMeal

Go anywhere at lunch time and you can find a small hole in the wall restaurant serving precooked dishes that are the ultimate in fast food. Quick and tasty is the trade mark of a busy small restaurant as to not meet that requirement is to perish as there is competition all around. We walked about 5 minutes from our hotel to find a great place to eat.

 

From the outside it is not much to look at and the inside not much different but as we were here for the food not the ambiance it was OK. The food is pre-cooked then placed in a glass case at the front for the customer to see before they buy. No whimpy  re-fridgation or four hour hold time; this food sits in the heat of the day until sold. Totally unsafe and so delicious it is worth the investment in anti-diarrhea meds just in case. I have to say I have been very lucky eating at these places and have profited from the risk. 



Like a small Scotch egg


I find I want to try everything that I see in the display but know it will be impossible as the food is filling. We order the items we want and they come on a plate of rice. A bowl of soup comes with the order along with any sauces that are needed. Digging in is always a delight as we get to taste the particular flavors of the cook. The place was a good one with a talented cook making tasty favorites.

Home business

Home business

Just about everywhere you travel here you see people making a living where they live rather than traveling to another place to conduct business. Home sometimes a small room at the back of a low profit business or a large fancy home behind a profitable…

A simple family meal

A simple family meal

Amazing how the simple family meal in Vietnam can equal the best meal you can get in Vietnam. The food can be so much better sitting on the floor in a small dark family room in behind their road side business. It is nothing fancy…

Revisiting another favorite eating spot down town

Revisiting another favorite eating spot down town

In district 1, the tourist area, we have a place that we found many years ago

Nhu Lan bakery more info64 Hàm Nghi, Bến Thành, Quận 1 

 It is a bakery but a lot more as it has a full menu sit down restaurant and sells other items that you do not normally find in a bakery. The set up is off sales booths around the outside of the place and restaurant seating in the middle. Not fancy but a good place to get out of the sun and enjoy some good food. It is not a tourist place but you do see a few in there trying out the the food.




 As you can see they do have bakery items for sale and they seem to do a brisk business with the local people lining up to take stuff home. They have various stations making and selling food to the customers on the street and for the orders from the restaurant. It is a great way to see your food being prepared (some is done in the back kitchen) or at least to watch the selling of food from the vendors point of view.

 We had just had a snack at a coffee shop but once we saw the place we had to go in and eat. When we are Vietnam and we find something we want to eat we tend to get hungry no matter what.

 We started off with a couple of fresh salad rolls that were deliciously crunchy and tasted great. Nothing surprising here, just well made Vietnamese staples.

 Next some barbequed pork that was being cut up right behind me, great way to make a customer want some. The look and smell was selling it; even the sound of the chopping was making me hungry for a taste.

I have to say that it was good but I have had better a a couple of east Vancouver Chinese shops. It had all the important BBQ points covered; but it was not quite as strongly flavored as back home.

 Next for me was a bowl of Banh Canh Cua that was tasty with crab and shrimp. The noodles were perfect and everything satisfying to the palate. It did remind me of the best bowl I ever had of this soup. It was a tiny place run by a woman that had only two soups on the menu; the whole menu was the two soups. She had only the two dishes but they were excellent. I was a daily stop for me for about a week when my wife was away doing business. The place was gone the last time I was here and I miss the food and the friendly service.

 My wife had roasted chicken with rice, flavorful with a soya based dipping sauce.

Views of the various items for sale, would have gladly tasted them all. W had wanted some of the barbequed duck but they kept selling out as there was a line up outside the restaurant waiting for every scrap.

 Pizza

The view from outside