Best Bánh Cuốn in Saigon

Foodies are always on a quest to find the least touristy spot because supposedly that’s where they’ll find a more authentic experience – if not a more hipster one. True, the food in touristy restaurants is most of the time disappointing, terribly overpriced and served by bad and stressed out service. But keep an open…

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Crossing the road in Saigon

Crossing the road in Saigon can be a scary experience for foreigners. Remember the scene at the beginning of Mulan when the grandma crossed the road with the cricket? That’s it. There aren’t many zebra crossings and red lights, and when there are, 50% of vehicle drivers don’t even acknowledge them. The best way to go…

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Vietnamese Bánh Tét

Every year, my family makes many, many “bánh tét”. It’s our big Chinese New Year tradition: my grandmother preps everything from the glutinous rice to crushed soy beans, and we all get rolling. The bánh tét are then cooked in boiling water for about 12 hours, so all night. It’s a great moment that brings…

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Trendy restaurant in Saigon: Cục Gạch Quán

Since the day I landed in Ho Chi Minh City, everyone’s been telling me I have to check out this really good Vietnamese restaurant that’s become trendy since Brad and Angelina ate there once. The wait wasn’t long: my aunt took me on day 4 of my stay, promising me some authentic and delicious Vietnamese…

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OOTD: Áo Dài

If you ever visit Vietnam, you will come across the traditional Vietnamese dress, Áo Dài. It is worn by women all over the country, in different styles, and for many occasions from the New Year to School days. I used to go through photos of my mom back when she was a student wishing I could…

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