Food · Ho Chi Minh City

Manmaru – Japanese dining experience

For you who loves Japanese food or just want something different in the city, you should try Manmaru. Their menu is more to the home cooked style. There are sashimi, sushi and rolls as well. And they were delicious. Fresh fish.

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They have 2 branches, one at Ly Tu Trong street and the other one at Mac Dinh Chi street. I went to the second one. The design of the restaurant is unique. It gave me the feeling of eating in Japan (with some background Vietnamese voices..). I read on one of the review that if you want quieter place, you should go to second floor.

They put the menu in Japanese on the wall, but they also have normal menu book 😀 If I remember correctly, there was no English translation for the menu. But if you are familiar with Japanese food, that should not be a problem. Or you can always ask the waiters.

We ordered sashimi set and yaki soba (fried noodle). They were delicious! We were very happy to eat it. Definitely will go back there. Even my husband said he would invite his staffs to eat there one day because it has different ambience.

Thank you for reading! Ciao.

Address :

  1. 192 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh
  2. 71 Mạc Đĩnh Chi, P. Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh

 

Ho Chi Minh City · Snacks

Osaka Ohsho – Noodle and Gyoza

As a fan of Japanese gyoza (dumpling), I can’t miss out this new place in town. It is located inside the new mall Saigon Center, on 5th floor. It’s one of the shop in Asia Village, some kind of food court with interesting concept. The area is not big though. Osaka Ohsho itself is quite big in area.

I tried to get someone to find seat for me but noone came, so I just picked one of the seat for 2 persons. After a while, the waitress gave me the menu. A set of 6 pcs gyoza is 45k vnd. They have ramen on menu as well, but somehow I didn’t want to try it. They also have set menu.

After contemplating for a while, I decided to try the set that is approved by Japanese (well at least according to them..). It’s a set of gyoza (6 pcs) and Sapporo Beer. I know.. not enough for lunch, but I didn’t want to try their other menu.

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It took so long for them to serve the gyoza. I was hungry and already thought “This gyoza better be good, or else…”. Can’t do much anyway if it’s not good, so.. “or else.. I’m gonna eat ramen in Japanese area”.

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Looks promising. The bottom was crispy. The skin was a bit too thick for my taste. But the filling is delicious. The composition of meat and vegetable are balanced. I would recommend my husband to try it as well.

Eating good food always made me happy! And this one made me happy.

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Mam Bac – Vietnamese Restaurant

The other day I went to Bitexco Financial Tower to meet up with my husband, then we planned to have dinner. He brought me to a Vietnamese Restaurant near by. It is called Mam Bac. Located at 94 Ho Tung Mau street, very close from Bitexco.

He said the bun cha here is good, so we ordered one. Another dish we ordered was com tam suon nuong opla (broken rice with grilled ribs and fried egg). For the drink I ordered kumquat juice.

And he was right! Everything we ordered was delicious. The price also reasonable as well for prime location. Definitely a good choice to have lunch or dinner if you are in the area.

 

Food · Ho Chi Minh City

Homemade Pesto Pasta – Kokois

First time trying their pasta. This one is delicious. I like pasta with pesto sauce so it was the safest choice for me to try. The option for pasta are fussili, penne and tagliatelle. I chose the last one. 

It also has an option to add chicken (extra 40k vnd), but I picked vegetarian style. I will like it even more if they add more pesto sauce on it. It was too little! 

Address : 24 Thao Dien, District 2

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!