Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Pho Burger @ Relish and Sons

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One of the unique burger at Relish and Sons. Pho Burger. Yes, it sounds weird, but I’m a fan of pho so I need to try this one.

The bun was made from rice noodle. Patty was made from sliced beef, just like beef in pho. It came with pho soup, sauce, and veggies. 2016-07-29-11-08-31.jpg

Interestingly it tasted like eating pho! Yummy burger and innovative if I must say. You have to try it. It’s a burger with a taste of pho. It’s pho burger!

Relish and Sons (http://relishandsons.com/)

 

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

My favorite pasta at Pizza 4Ps

Everyone here knows pizza 4Ps (maybe not everyone but at least most of the people know about it). It is very famous especially among foreigner, but there are many local people eating there as well. Their pizza is excellent. Made with special recipe and baked perfectly. I like most of their pizzas. But do you curious about their pasta as well? I did. That’s why we sometime order pasta and pizza for 2 persons, and of course their camembert cheese as well.

From few of the pasta I’ve tried there (except for the one with tomato sauce), I have 2 favorite there. The first one is clam and basil in pesto sauce. To be honest this pasta is not as good as before when I first tried it, but it still better compared to others. I would say this pasta is my 2nd favorite one.

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Clam and Basil in Pesto Sauce

My number 1 favorite there is Cheese and Pepper Pasta. In Italy, they call it cacio e pepe. I tried this type of pasta when I was in Rome. It is a very simple look pasta, but delicious! And even though it looks as simple as aglio olio, the process to make it is not that simple. Trust me, I’ve tried (and failed 😦 ) It uses 2 types on cheese, and need to be mixed at the right time to make it still al dente after mixing. And pizza 4Ps nailed it! I love this pasta very much. You should try it as well if you are a cheese lover (or even if you aren’t, just try it! It won’t hurt ;)).

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Cheese and Pepper Pasta

What is your favorite pasta in Pizza 4Ps? Do you have the same one as me? Please let me know in the comment so I can try it as well.

Ciao!

UPDATE :

October 2016 – They don’t have Cheese and Pepper Pasta anymore 😦

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Ganh – Vietnamese Restaurant

There are a lot of Vietnamese Restaurants in District 1 Ho Chi Minh City. From a very local place with cheap price to a fancy restaurant. Ganh is one of the medium level I think. It is located in 91 Hai Ba Trung, near the city center. Good location indeed. It is a Nha Trang food restaurant. So if you want to try the food from central Vietnam, you don’t need to go there (unless you have time to travel there of course). It’s not as good as the authentic food from Nha Trang but it’s already yummy enough!

I’ve been here one time and I love their Nem Nuong. It came with various items on a big bamboo plate (?) To eat this, you need to make a roll with lettuce leaf. Spread the lettuce and put the grilled pork, leaves, cucumber, mango, carrot,  and crispy rice paper on top of it, then wrap it all together. Dip it in the sauce and enjoy! Very delicious~

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Nem Nuong

This time we also ordered another dish (sorry I forgot the name! >.<) It consists of spring rolls (cha gio), rice noodle (the white thing on the center. I know.. it doesn’t look like noodle) and some veggies. This dish also yummy. You should try the rice noodle. It’s unique and it is delicious!

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Last dish we ordered was disappointing. Oyster omelette. My husband couldn’t ate it because it was too fishy. Even me who like fishy food also couldn’t ate it. Another thing was this omelette so bland, no taste. Just fishy from egg and oyster. They came with soy sauce, but it couldn’t be helped. Tasted really bad. We didn’t finish this one.

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Oyster Omelette

Have you tried the food from central Vietnam? How do you find the food? Do you like it? Tell me in comment!

Ciao!

Bread · Drinks · Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Snacks · Vietnam

Thao Dien Coffee – not an ordinary Coffee Shop

UPDATE : They have been closed down 😦

When I first heard about Thao Dien Coffee I thought of an usual coffee shop, where you can enjoy coffee, enjoy small bites (cakes, bread, salad) and no proper meal. I was wrong. They do serve food as well, and they are delicious! I’ll tell you my experience there.

My first visit was on an event organized by Relocation Vietnam for A.R.C (Animal Rescue and Care). Thao Dien Coffee was the venue for that event. That time they only served finger foods, so I couldn’t tell yet about their main course but those finger foods were really good! I needed to wait at the bar to grabbed it before all other guests came and finished it. Yes, they were finished so fast! At that time I had a chance to look around and I must say the place is very relaxing and peaceful. Especially the second floor. So I was thinking.. maybe it’s not a bad idea to hang out here sometime and try their food.

 

My second visit was for a meeting. We had a meeting there on second floor around 11.00 am and it was perfect time. No one else beside us on second floor. I heard that many families came here on the weekend, so I was a bit worried if it might disturb the meeting. I ordered Japanese Smoothie. It was sooo good! Delicious smoothie with unique taste of black sesame.

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Japanese Smoothie

After the meeting, it was past lunch time so I needed to have lunch. One of my friend also stayed for lunch, so did I. Time to try the main course!! Most of the menu are for vegetarian. There is also menu for vegan. They don’t serve red meat at all if I remember correctly, only chicken and fish dishes.  I ordered tuna sushi roll. It was really good. Oishi! Delicious! Each piece of the roll was quite big.

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Tuna sushi roll

My visit didn’t end at that time. Another day after dogwalking, I stopped by as well with my friends. We brought our dogs and sat outside. This time I ordered the sandwich for breakfast. Mushroom and camembert sandwich. Again, it didn’t disappoint me. Yummy food. The mushroom was cooked in garlic, so delicious. Good camembert cheese, and crusty sandwich bread. You have to try it!

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Mushroom and camembert Sandwich

I love the food here! Even tho I’m a meat lover, I still enjoy their food. It was tasty and healthier as well than meat.

Recent buying at this restaurant was vegan sushi. It was sushi roll filled with eggplant and teriyaki sauce. Delicious! I like eggplant, and I never found sushi using it so this one made me happy! I didn’t take picture of it because I was really hungry at that time lol, and it was take away order.

So if you are vegetarian or vegan or..just want to try a healthier option of food (but still delicious), you can try Thao Dien Coffee in District 2.

Address : 38 Tran Ngoc Dien, Thao Dien, Distric 2, Ho Chi Minh City.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/thaodiencoffeevietnam/

Ciao!

 

Food

De Salita – BBQ and Beer

There are many BBQ restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the newest one is De Salita in District 1. It is located at the heart of the city, on 29 Le Thanh Ton, at a very nice neighborhood. You will hear them shouting “Hellooo” when you pass by in the evening. I never heard them saying that in the afternoon.

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De Salita
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De Salita menu
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De Salita menu

They have a choice of appetizer, meat, cheese, seafood and pasta, which is good enough for me. They are fail on beer options though. They should have more choices for beer (it’s on their name!), but they only have 4 or 5 kind of beers. That’s really disappointing for me.

We ordered these 2 for side dish, but they came earlier as appetizer lol. The one with bacon is Smoked German Potato (i think.. sorry i forgot which one is this), and mushroom saute. They both were really good! Big portion as well.

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Spare ribs with Spicy sauce

This one was huge! Lucky I didn’t order this (but my husband did, so I need to help him as well lol). The meat is tender enough. The sauce is delicious! Marinated well into the meat. It was a good choice of sauce. And it’s not that spicy by the way.

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Grilled Octopus without spicy sauce

The original menu for this is spicy grilled octopus, but I asked them to not use the spicy sauce because I was worried it might be too spicy for me. They cooked the octopus really well. It was not hard to chew. And after I tried the spicy sauce on ribs, I regretted that I didn’t use it for the octopus 😦 It was really yummy. Could’ve tasted even better with spicy sauce.

The staffs were friendly. The place is cozy and pleasant. They also have 2nd floor, maybe I should check it out next time.