Tag Archives: soup

Mì Sủi Cảo Noodle and Won Ton Soup – 363 of 365

A dose of cool, nonhumid air got me out on foot on my last work overnight in Hanoi but hunger stopped short my wanderings on Xuan Dieu Road in the Tay Ho neighborhood.  The trusty old won ton soup joint across from Tracy’s drew me right in, and this basic concrete hut has nourished me enough in […]

Bún Chả Huế Hue Noodle Soup – 350 of 365

Long ago I threw up the white flag of surrender in finding Hanoi style bún chả here in Saigon.  Perhaps a bowl of succulent pork belly and soft ground pork medallions just doesn’t exist south of the 17th Parallel mid Vietnam. My never ending hunt for a decent plate of food led me to a new dish supposedly coming from a […]

Bánh Canh Cua Ốc Crab and Snail Noodle Soup – 349 of 365

How could anyone not want to eat here?  A basic black and white tattered piece of paper straight off a printer advertising what’s on offer…a woman crammed in between a boiling cauldron and her food preparation table…squat stools lining the sidewalk between the muddy street and a rundown concrete building…a steady flow of people who […]

Lunch Lady on Saturday – 335 of 365

The Lunch Lady made famous by Anthony Bourdain serves a day of the week specific meal deep in a residential neighborhood off Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street on the fringes of District 1.  Almost six months have passed since one of her soups has passed between my lips.  My how time flies.  Suddenly I realized […]

Miến Gà Chicken and Glass Noodle Part Two – 302 of 365

Not so long ago a great miến gà crossed my path, and I thought what luck to find such an amazing treat in a Chinatown  back alley.  The wonderfully clear broth went down so nicely and left me wanting more.  Even the tender white meat chicken was of most proper sanitization for my western tastes. Fast […]

Mì Hoành Thánh Wonton Noodle Soup – 278 of 365

I had no idea how to pronounce this one so I just pointed to the sign on the wall inside a typical fan cooled joint called Quan 100 at 100 Nguyen Van Lac in Binh Thanh District.  The young girl trying to take my order had me repeat after her “hwan ton.”  I thought I […]

Hủ Tiếu Chay Vegetarian Noodle Soup – 277 of 365

Some quite pleasant rain cooled morning air pulled me outdoors for a several mile walk.  Something I love about Saigon is that the same street can have so many different faces just depending on the time of the day I pass through.  The area behind my apartment is no exception, and a completely different parade […]

Pork and Lemongrass – 252 of 365

I eavesdropped as four German guys delivered a scorching analysis of this District 3 sidewalk food joint at 58 Vo Van To Street.  They of course passed on it which really is too bad for they missed out on a great Saigon street food experience.  Food is after all one of the top perks of […]

Phở Bò Beef Noodle Soup – 245 of 365

I know.  I know.  You are shaking your heads and rolling your eyes because you stopped by to sample some more fertile eggs or grilled locusts yet here we are slurping down some mundane soup we’ve seen before.  Though filling and decent, a bowl of phở bò admittedly ranks low on my list of foods […]

Lunch Lady on Thursday – 135 of 365

A friend of mine has visitors in town who had heard about the Lunch Lady made famous by Anthony Bourdain.  With dining at a celebrity sidewalk café a strong motivator to jump into more off the beaten path parts of Saigon, the four of us set out on a culinary pilgrimage to sample the Lunch […]