Last month marked my first trip to Vietnam, and my 1st experience with traditional vietnamese dishes. Most of the time I was at Ho Chi Minh city, with couple of short trips to Cu Chi Tunnels and Vung Tau beach. There isn't much to do at Vung Tau at night, quiet streets, not a lot of people around, but if you like a slow day just hanging around, it's pretty good.
Vietnamese dishes are quite bland, and very low in oil, a lot of veggies - even if you are non-vegetarian. Didn't get to sample food from the veg eateries at all since I was with a tour group.
The classic - veggies wrapped in vietnamese rice sheets, mix with soy based sauce on the side.
This is just simple stir-fry of veggies served with crackers
Rice noodle soup
Filtered vietnamese coffee - this is something you don't want to miss even if you don't drink coffee
You wait and while away your time while the coffee goes drip drip drip into the cup.
If you want your coffee or other supplies, Ben thanh market has them. Ben thanh has almost everything especially gifts. Remember to haggle.
I was staying at District 1 at Ho Chi Minh, and there was one hotel breakfast with quite a number of middle eastern food which were vegan. Especially like the hummus.
素满园 (People's Park Centre)
6 days ago