Vietnam Food Trip

We spent a few days in Ho Chi Minh for our honeymoon. Our friend Sam gave us a list of places to go to so we got to try authentic pho, rolls, and other Vietnamese fare. Here are some dishes that I liked:


Sam was adamant that we try Cha Ca La Vong. This place only serves one dish, cha ca (snake fish) with dill. I'm not a big fan of fish and the visuals that popped into my head when I read 'snake fish' wasn't really that appealing. But surprisingly this was one of the dishes I enjoyed most in Vietnam.

The fish is marinated in some turmeric and herb mixture then cooked tableside. The plop a bowlful of dill and some other herbs onto the pot and then you're off to fend for yourself. You can add some chilis, squeeze some lime into the fish, and add rice noodles. 

It was actually quite good. And I just try making this at home. Using fish fillets of course. And using a more friendly fish like tilapia. Or sole.

The best spring rolls I had in Vietnam were served at this beautiful resort we stayed at in District 11. The rice paper was soft, and the shrimps were plump and flavorful. The fried rolls in the middle were stuffed with pork. An excellent platter off An Lam Saigon River's menu.

We also enjoyed the restaurant Quan An Ngon where you can enjoy a wide array of street foods under one roof. Yes, it's a tourist trap and you can buy the food at the market for much cheaper. But we were glad to browse through a thick menu full of choices and enjoy a cold beer under the shady trees.

Notice that huge plate of veg in the photo on top? That was meant to be wrapped into veggie and pork rolls. It had a bunch of basil, mint, lettuce, spring onions, spinach and other unfamiliar greens. Of course I wasn't able to finish it! I enjoy my veggies, but this was way too much.

The stir-fried beef with veggies on the bottom right portion of the photo was flavorful too. It was a spicy and refreshing break from all the veg we'd been eating.


Coffee in Vietnam is a far cry from the 3-in-1 mixes we tend to enjoy in Manila. Heck, way stronger than the Americano we enjoy at Starbucks. It's strong and pure. And they don't add water to it unless you ask them to!

The coffee is brewed in a filter (bottom photo) and you have to patiently wait for it to fill your cup, drop by drop.

I enjoyed mine iced, so I got to at least add more water into my glass!!! Oooh the caffeine rush. Word of caution though: you'll feel the crash a few hours after. It'll give you a good night's sleep.

Took home a few bags of Vietnamese Civet coffee we bought at a stall at Ben Thanh Market. But I also bought some bags from the more commercial Trung Nguyen Coffee Shop.

I've started drinking coffee again because of this trip. I'm even thinking of whipping some coffee-based baked treats in time for the holidays. I'll let you know how that turns out.

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