Saigon Food: 5 places at a glance

In response to one of my readers (a.k.a. friend since elementary school) complaining that I posted too much food while in Hong Kong, I’m kindly posting this 5-in-1 of food I’ve had here in Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon. It takes more effort, but if it makes her even 1% happier, then it’s worth it!

For each place, you’ll see a picture of the outside, the menu, of my food and from the interior looking outside.

Gamagol Korean Restaurant • 8A/D10 Thai Van Lung St • HCMC

My impression: I can’t believe I got all this food for around $6. And yes, that’s a beer with ice in it. What?! I didn’t ask for it that way, but once it came, it wasn’t bad. Why don’t we drink beer with ice in it?

Sozo • 176 D Bui Vien (backpacker area) •

My impression: Nice atmosphere for hanging out. Great place to cure a western-type sweet tooth.

Sozo has a nice selection of Western-style sweets as well as a regular food menu. Recommended in my Lonely Planet guide, “A classy little cafe ideal for excellent smoothies, doughy cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats. The cafe trains and employs poor, disadvantaged Vietnamese.”

One of many pho places. (Pronounced “fuh”.) I can’t figure out the name of this place.

My impression: I like pho. It’s quite similar wherever you go;  can’t imagine having bad pho in Vietnam. Prices range from 45,000 VND to 60,000 VND for a bowl. (So $2.50 to $3.)

Din Y • 171B D Cong Quynh (backpacker’s area)

My impression: Lonely Planet is crazy – the food here was not “delicious”. I got spring rolls and mushroom porridge, out of curiosity for what that would be. It’s basically mushroom & rice soup. The spring rolls were mushy on the inside (cabbage-like) and maybe the worst I’ve ever had. The soup was nothing special. Sure, it was only $3 or $4, but I could have eaten someplace better instead.

Quan 94 • 94 Dinh Tien Huang • Dist. 1 (If you go here, make sure it’s the one on the corner. There’s one with the same name in the middle of the block – don’t go to that one.)

Just 2 blocks from by job, I went here for lunch one day after reading rave reviews on Trip Advisor. Like many reviewers, I got the crab vermicelli and it was pretty tasty. At $6, it was more than I usually pay for lunch, but the serving was large and I maybe should have taken leftovers home. Oh well.

7 thoughts on “Saigon Food: 5 places at a glance

    • Is watered down worse than warm? Sure, it starts out cold, but after 5 minutes, it approaches room-temp. Honest question. Coming from someone who waters down her fruit juice.

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  4. Hi,

    Firstly, thank you for mentioning Sozo Cafe . We really appreciate it and we would love to inform you that we moved
    Our new location is at NO.51, 24A Street, Area 5, An Phu Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
    According to our change, we need your support to update our new address.
    We would love to welcome and serve you with our best at our new place.

    For more information please visit our
    PHONE: 08 6271 9176

    Thank You!

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