Behind the British Consulate, British Council and Sofitel Saigon on Le Duan street is a small street lined with five Com binh dan (Food for the workers) restaurants. Nothing new here, we’ve covered similar joints before and I won’t go into any anal depth today. To be sure, you’re not gonna find any Michelin stars on the paint peeled wall or starched white napkins on the grubby blue plastic tables. You will find cheap, healthy, nutritious fill.
Generous selection of wares including squid, tofu, beef, pork knuckle, fish and rice dishes. If you’re grabbing a mang di ve (takeaway) you’ll need to stump up anywhere between 6,000 – 10,000VD depending on what you choose.
One thing I’ve never quite got is the deep-fried fish at these places. They’re fried to buggery, taste of nothing and the bones are way too big to eat, so it’s pick, pick, pick, grumble, pick, sigh.
Stuffed Tofu and Ca loc (some kinda river fish) are my usual orders at these places. Filler not a thriller and, like I say, not gourmet, but worth a sniff all the same.