Thursday, August 1, 2013

Vietnam House Restaurant - Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)


So far for the first half of the second day in Vietnam, we've visited Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum and Saigon Post Office. Next was the much needed lunch brekkie at Vietnam House restaurant, a restored French colonial house with a beautiful inviting ambiance.  Exterior left as it is whereas the interior localised to reflect Vietnamese culture.
Up to the first floor we went. The dishes already pre-ordered inclusive of only plain water. So if you call for soft drinks, please pay on your own. An array of dishes already on the way while the start was the fried squash blossoms. 
I have never eaten neither did I know about squash blossoms. Loveable for the crunch and munch, fried after dipping in flour. Simple and elegant with a mild floral scent. Next came the ever popular Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls. Visually appealing but without dipping into the spicy sauce, it won't win your heart. Indeed healthy. Stuffed with colourful raw vegetables.
The two appetizers were followed by a big bowl of Vietnamese soup, three side dishes and rice. The soup with lots of vegetables including two types of mushrooms and tofu. The broth sour-mildly spicy and the vegetables for the soft bite.
The fried mini Vietnamese rolls were stuffed with minced meat combined with spring onion, carrots and flavoured up with soy sauce. Okay. Good I have to say and that the rolls came with rice noodles, raw salad and sprinkled with peanuts.
The sides dishes - mixed vegetables with tofu over a light sauce, green veg stir fried with chillies and prawns and button mushrooms stir fried with tofu. Flavours were there. Still I felt that the dishes lacked the strong stand out tastes. Not at all spicy was the green with chillies. Wondering why??


I looked forward to some sort of typical Vietnamese desserts but sad that it was local fruits. 
Overall it was a decent meal though as said, some dishes begged for additional flavours. Thus, the dinner on the first night at Quan Ngon 138 Vietnamese Restaurant is still leading as a better off. 
The streets outside the restaurants bustling and noisy as ever. Vietnam and traffic jam it is I've discovered from the time I arrived. While waiting for the coach, I walked just along the same walk alley and there it was - Saigon Indian restaurant. Wished lunch was at this restaurant. At least I could have found out if they are a strong competitor to our local Indian restaurants.
To be continued..........

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17 comments:

  1. I bet you will b trying your hands in making some of these dishes at home.

    The spring rolls should be nice if all vegetable

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  2. you have travelled to lots of places!

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  3. You've so many travel posts & I'm losing track! Wrong timing to see your food shots; now I've to go get my supper. Lol!

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  4. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comAugust 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Nava, interesting info and photos :)

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  5. Hey , im waiting fir your no egg recipies, hope you come up with it soon..

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  6. very intresting and lovely clicks Nava...

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  7. Fascinating reading about your travels...loved going through your pictures...!

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  8. U r too lucky to travel all these olaces and taste all those delicious recipes......I truly feel jealous....

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  9. Interesting review...i loved the tofu and mushroom dish pic...it looks quite inviting

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  10. Love all the vegetarian dishes especially I love the tofu one.. Nice clicks..

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  11. well, looks great~ =D

    Regards, www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary)

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  12. The food looks great. I love the rice paper spring rolls and make them at home all the time. :) Sounds like a good restaurant to visit. Love the varieties of good they serve. I agree with you, it would have been nicer to end it with a Vietnamese dessert. Hope you have a chance to get some on the rest of your trip.

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  13. love to read these travel notes,I guess squash blossoms are delicious!Seems this restaurant is a nice place.I like the arrangement at the entrance...

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  14. Very interesting food,looks more like chinese food.

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  15. Great looking food there! Sure you are having a great time.

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  16. I love Vietnamese rice paper rolls!

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  17. Grandes comidas me gustan los rollitos primavera y esperaré el verano para la sandía...fotos preciosas,hugs.hugs.

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