Here’s something to argue over for any hangers on expecting further Vietnamese food posts 🙂 Reader Hieu Trung Bui, who runs Cay Tre and the newly opened Viet Grill restaurants in London, emails to tell me about her favourites in Saigon. Got tips – Please send them – I love ‘um. Plus, in theory at least, the comment box will filter out any crap suggestions. Here’s Bui’s (edited) faves,
Best Bun Bo Hue in Saigon: Believe it or not, the best place is a small stall at the corner of Ly Tu Trong and Le Anh Xuan, Quan 1. The shop is at the Le Anh Xuan side and only open between 5 – 6 pm. Very busy and a bit expensive (about £2 – surely not Bui??? That’s around 60,000 dong…) They serve the best Bun Bo Hue in town because of the authenticity of the broth and the method of stewing beef and cooking the hock.
Best Mi Hoanh Thanh is down a small alley in Le Dai Hanh Street (Quan 11). At the corner of Le Dai Hanh Street and Hoa Hoa Street, you turn left into the first alley in the Le Dai Hanh Street. The noodle stall has been there for over 50 years, and it is the most popular in Chinatown, Saigon. Open from 7pm-2am
Best My thit bam (a noodle dish with minced pork and kidney) is on Truong Dinh Street, opposite a Pagoda, at the crossroads of Ly Tu Trong Street (Quan 1) and Truong Dinh Street. Fanstastic broth and noodles.
Best Hu Tieu Nam Vang in Nhat Tao street, right the corner of Nguyen Kim Street and Nhat Tao Street. Very special and being voted the best for many years. The shop is about 40 years old.
Best Lau De (Goat Steam Boat) is in Bach Dang Street, in San bay (near the airport). The restaurant is called “Cuong Tau”, serving only goat. It’s very popular with drinkers.
Best Lau Ca (Fish in Stream Boat) at a big restaurant right the corner of Nguyen Trai Street and Chau Van Liem Street (Quan 5). The restaurant is on the Nguyen Trai side. This has a very mysterious stock and delicious fish. I can’t forget the distinctive taste of this dish.
As for pho. Pho Phu Vuong on Le Van Sy Street, in Quan Phu Nhuan. This pho shop has been a phenomenon in the city lately. People tell me that the owner of the shop works for Phu Nhuan district environment health and safety department, and he inspects every butcher in the area. The beef he has for his shop is always the best on the market as he has many connections. Very delicious and a lot different from Pho 24.