The morning is hot and sweaty, but we still order two bowls of Pho, steaming up into our already sticky faces. The chopsticks are sliding between my fingers while I try to grab the slippery noodles and wiggle them into my spoon. I saw the Vietnamese girl do it effortlessly at the next table, I’m sure I can do the same.
Steamy Breakfast in Sweaty Saigon
Despite the sauna like feeling, a handful of rice noodles topped with steamy delicious broth and fresh strips of chicken or beef is a massively popular breakfast choice amongst the locals.
A bundle of tangy Thai basil and crunchy bean sprouts are brought to us by the tireless Vietnamese waiters. I add a heap of roasted chilli paste to my Pho Ga to enhance the flavour even more. The sweat is dripping down my forehead now as I sip my freshly prepared soup.
And that’s why we keep returning to our favourite place in the ‘Wall Street’ of Saigon, round the corner from our apartment, for a local Asian fusion. It’s always busy here, not too many tourists, mainly locals so the food is top quality and easy on the wallet.
In the Culinary Unknown…
After breakfast, as we explore the buzzing metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City whilst dodging the bike traffic and admiring the striking yellow structure of Saigon Central Post Office, we find ourselves in the culinary unknown.
There’s no English menu version, but the rooftop is buzzing with a local crowd. We stay and watch in awe as we are being brought a couple of terracotta tiles for our yet another steamy dish. We feel a little smug that we know how to operate a hot pot since we were in Bangkok just a couple of months ago.
The fine strips of beef are sizzling on the hot surface in their own juices. The scent is intoxicating, the heat is unbearable and the table is too small. But we happily stuff a crisp salad leaf with our self cooked spicy bo nuong cai and soak in the vibe.
Tasty BBQ Dinner in Saigon
Saigon is a fascinating mixture of old and new and in particular District One is rapidly catching up with the rest of the world. Here, we opt to have a hearty BBQ for dinner close by.
The sticky chicken wings smothered in Chilli Sambal sauce are so comforting. For the ultimate Saigon taste, our beef patty is grilled outside the restaurant by a bunch of jolly locals.
Candy Floss Ice Tea?
What’s that derelict looking building over there glowing in the dark? We are out of breath as we decided to ditch the lift and climb the staircase all the way to the Boo cafe at the top floor. It’s worth it though as we read the sign ‘Live the life you’ve imagined’ along the way.
We perch ourselves on the balcony overlooking Saigon’s District One with the futuristic hover-boards illuminating the promenade. Thankfully it’s cooled down now, making it the perfect moment for a quick dessert.
We sip on the candy floss ice tea and think about how we love this tasty city and it’s wonderfully insane mixture of Asian foods. The tea is refreshing and the candy floss is melting too fast in the humid air, covering us in sweet sticky mess.