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Saigon street food: Pho

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A trip to Saigon, or Vietnam for that matter, isn’t complete until you sit down for a bowl of the famous pho. Although plenty of restaurants in Saigon serve pho, you may find the best bowl right on the side of the street. Read the rest of the article on Travelfish.

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Review: L’Usine in Saigon

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Tucked away down a tight alley in the heart of Saigon, one of the city’s most pleasant cafes perches in an upstairs loft. Only a short walk from most of the city’s major sites, like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Opera House, L’Usine is a quiet oasis. Although it's on the major shopping street of Dong Khoi it’s hard to find to the untrained eye. It will require a short walk down a dark alley lined by clothing and accessories boutiques; once at the end follow the signs up the stairs and you'll find the cafe. Read the rest of this article on Travelfish.org

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Saigon Street Food: Xoi

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Although I love Saigon's street food, some of the dishes that you're served streetside can have portions on the small size; some of them are plenty for one person, but others may require a second serving. When I'm feeling extra hungry and I want to make sure that I'm going to be full, I go for Saigon's most filling street food: xoi. Read the rest of the article on Travelfish.  

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Saigon’s Top Rooftop Bars

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Saigon is filled with bars, and it seems like new bars pop up everyday. There are all kinds of bars in the city: bars with live music, bars with trivia, pubs, taverns, and even a saloon. Quite a few rooftop bars are also sprinkled throughout the city. These happen to be my favourite, because there is something so cool about being on a roof. Here's a rundown on what I think are the top rooftop spots in the city. Read the rest of the article on Travelfish.  

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How To Make Banh Xeo

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Finished shooting the second half of my TV interview! They need a couple shots of me working and walking around town and we can call it a wrap! Speaking of wraps, after cruising the downtown streets of Saigon and enjoying some coffee in the park, that's what today's portion of the interview was about: making banh xeo! I'll admit, I thought banh xeo would be pretty easy to make and, for the first few minutes, it was. You're going to need some banh xeo flour, pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, and a plate of mustard leaves and lettuce that you will be using later. We also decided to add some green...

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Ever wanted to become a Travel Writer?

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This year World Nomad'sTravel Writing scholarship will be sending a lucky writer to three different countries in Southeast Asia! This assignment is unique in that you are not only sent to three destinations but, you will also be mentored by professionals in your dream industry. In Singapore your mentoring starts by working with Rough Guide's own Richard Lim. Then you will fly to Bali for some cultural insight and adventure with my Travelfish boss and friend Stuart McDonald. Finally, you will conclude your journey with a Malaysian Food Odyssey. Eating your way through Kuala Lumpur and Penang...

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Saigon Street Food: Hu Tieu

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I’m trying not to be too repetitive, but I’m pretty much in love with the street food in Saigon. I don’t think I’ve tried many dishes that I wouldn’t want to have on a regular basis; I just can’t get past the mental block for a daily hot vit lon yet. One thing that surprises me about street food in HCMC is the variety of soups. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t live without my daily ration of bun bo hue or pho, it’s just that it is always so hot and humid here that soup isn’t traditionally the first food that would come to mind if I was starting from scratch. Even though...

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Saigon Street Food: Com Tam

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A few posts ago when I was talking about banh xeo, I brought up the fact that I have neglected to write about some of the common popular street dishes in Saigon that I take for granted. One such popular dish is com tam, a popular food for anytime of the day. It looks like a plain dish of rice, but looks can be a little deceiving. Read the rest of the article on Travelfish.

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Street Food Safety

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Saigon isn’t much of a city for famous world-class landmarks -- though certainly there are a few, it's really the food on the street that's something special. But despite the street food being great some people, rightfully, are concerned about the safety of food sold on the street in a country where you can’t drink the tap water. So, to get to the bottom of Street Food Safety 101, I enlisted the help of my friend Chad Kubanoff, a fantastic chef who's been in Vietnam for more than five years. The majority of his time has been spent with food, not only as a patron of Vietnamese dining...

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Saigon street food: Banh Xeo

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I’m a foodie. I think that’s the main reason I like Saigon so much; there are so many dishes here that something new to me rolls around almost every day. Sometimes I get so caught up in the new dishes though that I forget to appreciate some of the more popular, and common, foods that you can find in the city. Banh xeo is one such popular dish. In restaurants it’s a common appetiser, but if you’re on the streets it makes for a great sit-down snack.   Read the rest of the article on Travelfish.

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