Vienglish is a term used by many of my friends to show the mix between languages, and perhaps cultures. This new meld between English and Vietnamese represents my life in Ho Chi Minh City where my culture and beliefs effect how I see and understand the new world around me. Vienglish, my travel blog is an outlet for me to share with others my experiences here in Vietnam and my passion for great food!

Friday, March 30, 2007

Ohan - The Best Japanese Restaurant in Saigon

Head Chef

This was the restaurant in which I first tried Japanese food, and after trying many other Japanese restaurants in Saigon I can safely conclude this restaurant has the best atmosphere, decor, service, and most importantly food! Try the tasty Business Man Bento which has a selection of tempura, miso soup, Japanese potato salad, salmon, pork cutlet with egg and carrot, rice, and pork with green pepper. All of that deliciousness for only 8 dollars.

Ohan Restaurant
SA 1-1 & SB 2-1 My Khanh 4
Nguyen Duc Canh Street
District 7 (Phu My Hung)
Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone Number: 84-8-4121071

Another branch of this restaurant is located downtown:
71 Pasteur Street
District One
Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone Number: 84-8-8244896

Hanging Cuc!

Annual Phu My Hung Dinner

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Tet Celebrations 2007 - The year of the Pig

Downtown District One on February 24, 2007.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Mai Thai

Mai Thai, located at 13 Ton That Thiep St, District One, Ho Chi Minh City. A great place to get good papaya salad, chicken curry, Tom Yum soup, and other Thai dishes. Good atmosphere and interior design.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Bia Hoi Saigon

My parents like this hole in the wall; its a great place for people watching and good beer and peanuts. 2 Liters of fresh beer is only 30,000 dong or 2 dollars. Watch out though, if you don't like surprises they do charge you a small fee for the peanuts and the hand wipes. Located on the end of Hai Ba Trung Street right off of Ton Duc Thang near the Saigon River.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Queen Hotel - The Old Quarter - Hanoi

The Queen Hotel is a marvelous place to stay in Hanoi. Located in the middle of the Old Quarter it is 5 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake, the Water Puppet Theater, as well as all sorts of shops, temples, and restaurants.
Visit this website for more information:
The Queen Hotel is located on 65 Hang Bac Street in the Old Quarter.

Tay Ho Temple - Hanoi

Located quite a ways from the Old Quarter this temple is nothing great. While it is built up in the guide books as being located between two lakes, there was only one lake and a small dryed up lake. The temple complex's location is nothing great and most of the interior is lackluster.

Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca is a famous Hanoi dish; a hot pot filled with chunks of fish in a buttery saffron yellow sauce and sauteed green onions and dill. This restaurant is an establishment located along Hang Chieu street.

Recently, after heading back to Ho Chi Minh City, the craving for Cha Ca set in. Doing some research turned up a great Cha Ca La Vong restaurant right in Ho Chi Minh City. Don't worry about ordering right, they only make one thing, Cha Ca.
The address for Cha Ca La Vong in Ho Chi Minh City is:
Ho Chi Minh City
3 Ho Xuan Huong St.
Ward 6 - District 3
Telephone Number: 9 305 674

This restaurant in Ho Chi also has two restaurants in Hanoi, located at:
14 Cha Ca St. (How convenient!)
and 107 Nguyen Truong To St.

Hanoi - Old Quarter - Doner Kebab

Go at around 5 o'clock as the sun is sinking and your sure to get a treat! This "Vietnamese" Shwarma stand is a delicious treat that appears outside the Dong Xuan market in the Old Quarter, 900 meters from Hoan Kiem lake. A warm baguette layered with sliced meat, spicy chili sauce, cooling yogurt sauce, onions, tomatos, and lettuce is a definite stomach filler for 10,000 dong!!!