Pho Ho Chi Minh City

Pho 2000: Slurping Soup Like a President in Ho Chi Minh City

Pho 2000, a Ben Tranh adjacent pho shop, is famous for one thing, serving Bill Clinton beef noodle soup on his visit to Ho Chi Minh City in November, 2000. Clinton’s photos were everywhere...
Market Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market: Legendary Ho Chi Minh City Swap Meet

In the back of Ben Thanh Market, a legendary Ho Chi Minh City swap meet that dates to 1912, replacing a business called Les Halles Centrales that the French built in 1870, you’ll find...
Restaurant Ha Noi

Cha Ca La Vong: Ha Noi’s Fish Specialist Ages Gracefully

A Ha Noi native I met said, “You haven’t been to Ha Noi until you’ve eaten at Cha Ca La Vong.” If that’s the case, my visit became official on my first day in...
Restaurant Ha Noi

Bun Bo Nam Bo: Tracking Beef Vermicelli Bowls in Ha Noi

I rode on a cyclo to Bun Bo Nam Bo, a tiny, picnic table filled restaurant with a wall-mounted menu that lists only four items. As with many restaurants in Vietnam, what they list...
Donuts Ho Chi Minh City

Caramel Donut Man: Haunting Ho Chi Minh City, Sweetly

I had been walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh City for hours when a man rounded the corner and walked toward me carrying a huge platter. He offered me donuts and pastries slathered...