Flavors of Home

Vietnamese comfort food that makes you feel at home It was evening and we meandered down an alleyway where we came upon Secret House by Secret Garden Vietnamese Restaurant & Café (55/1 Le Thi Hong Gam, D1), a new establishment by Huy, who has already made a name for himself with popular restaurants Secret Garden and Mountain Retreat. Born in the north of

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Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

A look into Taiwan’s fascinating food culture “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are,” wrote 19th century gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. So it is that I find myself in Taiwan, the home of bubble tea and instant noodles, the world’s lowest fertility rates and highest math scores, in a quest

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Banh khot

The Home Plate

How banh khot represents family, comfort and childhood. “Home is where the heart is,” that’s what they say. For most people the aphorism is applied to an actual home but for restauranteur Ms. Dung Pham home can come to you one spoonful (or chopstick-load) at a time. Tucked away in a small street in District

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Holey Bagels

Stuffed, saucy or schmeared—have them however you like them at Saigon Bagel Of all its signature foodstuffs—pastrami sandwiches, New York pizza—bagels are arguably the most synonymous with Gotham, and the best bagels in NYC are now being duplicated in Saigon. Originally brought over by Eastern European Jewish immigrants, the bagel is a round piece of

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It’s Better at The Top

It’s your typical rainy season evening when we go to visit OnTop Bar at Novotel Saigon Centre (167 Hai Ba Trung, District 3). Thunder roars through the city as lightning fills the sky and, naturally, it has us a bit concerned that the inclement weather will detract from the experience of a rooftop bar. Nevertheless, we ride the elevator to the

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NU is New

Asian fusion cuisine with a splash of drama There’s a flair of the dramatic and creativity that’s on full display as soon as you walk into the newly opened NU Bistro (2nd floor, 25 Ho Tung Mau, D1). Situated just off Ham Nghi and up a small staircase, the main doors open to a colorful

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Like No Other, This Sushi Is

The popular Chiyoda Sushi brand in Japan is now making its mark in Saigon Thanks to its sizeable Japanese expat population, Saigon is blessed with countless fine sushi restaurants, and it’s rare for a new one to power through the stiff competition, but with 25 years of experience behind various sushi restaurants across Tokyo, new

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One-Stop Street Eats

Getting your street food fix at Asian Streat We’re blessed to be living in a part of the globe where many cities are legitimate contenders for the world’s best street food capital, from Singapore to Saigon and Bangkok to Bombay. Asian Streat (151/6 Dong Khoi, D1; enter through the art arcade, but instead of turning

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Restaurant Review: Pizza Logic

Italian pizza—from Japan, take note—now in Saigon Both Japanese and Italian cuisine share common elements, most notably, an emphasis on seasonality and simplicity. Japanese-Italian food adds its characteristic attention to detail, and a light, delicate touch. Similar to the way French food has permeated Japanese cuisine, Italian food is both faithfully represented, and given Japanese

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Restaurant Review: Pho Ong Tay

For topnotch creative phos and pastas, head directly to Pho Ong Tay It may be difficult to find Pho Ong Tay (39 Vo Trung Toan, D2), located on the fringes of Thao Dien in District 2, but it’s well worth the effort for an unconventional eatery that’s decidedly delicious. The offerings are widespread—in addition to

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