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Ho Chi Minh City Trip Diary – Day 1

This is it, the day for touring has begun! I need to be a good host for my guest 😉 Many people and books said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So let’s start this Ho Chi Minh City Tour with a good food 😀 We took off at 8 am and went to one of breakfast place in District 3. I knew about this place from another blog, who said that this is the best breakfast he had in Ho Chi Minh City, and been wanting to try it out. Eating alone is never fun (at least for me), so i was so happy i went there with my husband and my friend. The place name is Banh Mi Hoa Ma. A very small restaurant in the corner of the street which we almost missed it. They gave us a table inside but I chose the one outside, with small table and small chairs. Very local! (And I’ve been wanting to try this out lol).

I have no idea what their menu is, but i heard they serve op la here (and maybe only that). It’s one of traditional meal in Vietnam. It serves with a bread (banh mi), mayonnaise and liver pate.

This Op La is really good! Seasoned deliciously and also made us really full. Love it very much! I will recommend this to everyone, except for those who were not allowed to eat pork. My husband and my friend also love it. It was a very satisfying meal for us, despite of the hygiene condition when we were eating lol. There were many motorbikes and cars passing by. But we’ve survived until now, no stomachache. Total payment was 153.000 for 3 op la’s, 2 hot tea and 1 hot coffee with milk. We also like their tea, the delicious mysterious flavor tea which we don’t know (I thought it was lotus tea, but it wasn’t :(). Try them at 53 Cao Thang, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. They are open from 7am.

It was 9 am when we finished. Time to go to Notredame Cathedral Church for English Mass at 9.30 am.

Before the mass begin
Before the mass begin

After the mass finished, we took our time to take some pictures around the church.

Next destination is Central Post Office. There are 2 souvenir shops inside the post office, on the right side and left side from entrance. There is a store in the middle of the hall as well. We went to the right side and looked around. My friend was looking for a postcard and they don’t sell it here. If you want to buy a postcard, it is better to buy from souvenir shop elsewhere or you can also buy from the center shop. They have postcards with range of price 5.000 vnd to 25.000 vnd.

Interior Central Post Office
Interior Central Post Office

Here you can also buy a stamp collection. The price range is 40.000 vnd – 300.000 vnd.  I bought 2 stamp collection for my friend. I used to collect stamp as well long time ago, but i quit. Next destination is District 5! I’ve never been there so i was excited as well. We were going to see old churches and the market as well.

This is Jeanne D’arc church. We couldn’t go inside 😦 All the entrance are closed.

Lunch time~!

We went to Thuan Kieu Restaurant. They are famous with their broken rice and grilled pork ribs. They have many branches around the city. This one is one of them in District 5, and they were good as well. We tried one of their soup, Chanh Rau Ma. It wasn’t what i wanted. I tried to explain the type of soup i wanted but they seemed to not understand English very well, so i ordered this one. It was okay, although it’s not my favorite.

After lunch our driver took us to this church. St Francis Xavie Parish Church, or Nha Tho Cha Tam in Vietnamese. It’s a very nice church, don’t you think? Next destination is Binh Tay Market. We wanted to buy some snacks or any other thing that is interesting.

Binh Tay Market
Binh Tay Market
Binh Tay Market
Binh Tay Market

In the end we didn’t go in to the market because it was too crowded. I lost my interest to walk around. We moved to next location as soon as possible before evening came. We went to Metro, one of the biggest grocer supermarket. My friend bought some local snacks for souvenir, but couldn’t find some snacks. Therefor we went to Cantavil Mall after. After a long walk we felt really thirsty and wanted to sit in a cafe and just chill.

We bought an ice cream instead haha >_< Tried a korean ice cream in top floor of Cantavil Mall. It was so-so. I won’t buy it anymore. At dinner time, we went to Nha Hang Ngon 138. I read a bout this place and many good review. It is located at 138 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Bến Nghé, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City. The place is really nice. Classic decoration with some modern touch.

That was the view from our table. We got a table at second floor.

Nha Hang Ngon 138
Nha Hang Ngon 138

We ordered several local food. I have to say I was not impressed with their food ( I didn’t smile at all when i tried it! Not even once). I think the other Ngon restaurant has better food. That was all for first day. What do you think of our adventure? 😀

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

MAD House – a European style Restaurant in District 2 Ho Chi Minh

“Can you take me to MAD House in District 2? Last time i attended farewell party there”, and the driver know it already. It was 2 months ago when i came to this place, to say farewell to my German friend. She is a very good person and good partner for dog walking. I remember at that time the food here was really good. It was a tapas style dinner, so i got to try many kind of dishes. The view also very good. It’s a European style restaurant, and i really like it.

Entrance
Entrance

Today i went there with my husband to show him the restaurant and to try the delicious chips! 😀 We picked an outdoor table because it wasn’t that sunny at that time. The waitress came and gave us the menu.

Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu
Menu

They have a wide range choice of beer. They also have special menu of the day.

Special Menu of the day
Special Menu of the day

He ordered MAD Burger and MAD Beer, while i ordered Danish Fish Cake and MAD Soda’s Coconut & Lime. And of course i didn’t forget to order Crispy Taro Chips.

While waiting, i took some pictures of the place.

After some time, our chips and drinks came. MAD Beer has a passion fruit in it, and MAD Soda’s Coconut & Lime was good as well. This chip is my favorite! It’s thin and very crispy, and the sauce is really good. Dip the chips in the sauce and i can’t stop eating!

Crispy Taro Chips
Crispy Taro Chips
MAD Beer & MAD Soda's Coconut n Lime
MAD Beer & MAD Soda’s Coconut n Lime

As we sat there, we noticed there were many foreigner and no local family / couple. This place is recommended to have a chill and relax time. The food also delicious.

MAD Burger
MAD Burger
Danish Fish Cake
Danish Fish Cake

Maybe next time I can go here with friends and just drink coffee and have a good chat. They are located at 6/1/2 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. They also serve breakfast menu, and for the weekend it lasts until 2 pm.