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A Journey into Binh Duong's Deep Chinese & Taiwanese Flavors

Believe it or not, there is more to Binh Duong than just industrial parks producing your next Uniqlo T-shirt or pair of running shoes.

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Hẻm Gems: Da Lat's Ngàn Cafe Is as Comforting as an Embrace

Walking down Da Lat’s Robin Hill amid emerald pine trees and languid fluffs of cloud, one’s eyes will inevitably encounter a visual disturbance in the form of bright orange plastic maple trees. They are not the heroes of this story, but reluctant antagonists that nonetheless serve as hurdles on the journey to discover a hidden treasure.

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Hẻm Gems: D6's Hot and Sour Suan La Fen Is the Noodle Dish to Conquer

Every time I lap up a spoonful of searing broth that’s so spicy I could almost count the number of times my face pulses, I feel grateful for taste buds.

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Hẻm Gems: Cù Rú, an Old Saigon Bar That Took Root in Da Lat

Editor's note: Cù Rú Bar, the artists' solace, was born in Saigon by a tightknit group of friends and lovers, fueling creative souls with delectable homemade rượu cocktails, the group relocated to Da Lat, filling their newfound home with art events and crafting a new community of cocktail swillers.

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Year in Review: Saigoneer's Picks for Favorite Hẻm Gems, Art (and More) of 2020

In 2019, when the world was not going through a global public health disaster, dining out seemed like the most natural activity in our daily routine. We drank, we relished, we munched, and we bantered.

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Hẻm Gems: Saigon's Hakka Culture Lives in D5's Khổ Qua Cà Ớt

Stuffing food inside other food is an ingenious human invention on par with refrigeration, chopsticks, and Gmail’s “undo” button.

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Hẻm Gems: Thời Thanh Xuân, the Special Saigon Cafe Run by Deaf Staff

Quán của Thời Thanh Xuân not only encompasses the youth of its founder, Võ Thành Luân, it’s also where hard-of-hearing Vietnamese can write their own story, learn, focus on self-development, and be a part of society.

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When Life Gives You Flavorful Vietnamese Cashews, Make Vegan Cheese

“Firstly, I had to find my calling, but in the end, it all came down to creating something and then seeing others enjoy it."

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White Forest: A Welcome Addition to the Saigon Dining Scene

The White Forrest opened its doors barely four months ago, and since my first visit, it has become one of my favourite restaurants and gathering places in Ho Chi Minh City. So what makes White Forres...

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Streetside Bánh Tráng Nướng

I was telling a friend about the bánh tráng nướng in District 4 that I wrote about recently.

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Wine: Deciphering the Label

When we pick up a bottle of wine, the first thing we usually check is the label, however, is it any useful to do so? The right answer is, it depends.

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Chuối Chiên

Fried food gets a bad rap in my view. People say that oil is not good for you, so frying makes food unhealthy for us. But the thing is, it’s usually only fried once. One time. And one’s a very small n...

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Cho An Dong

OK, so not a single food place so much as a collection of places. The market is worth a visit in itself – think a mix of the touristy feel of Ben Thanh (but without the hassle and inflated prices) and...

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Banh Trang Nuong

Preying on hungry school kids is the economic right of food vendors around the world, and Vietnam is no different. Cheap, sweet and quick are usually the key elements here but at a school in District ...

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Special Delivery: Takeaway.com Acquires Vietnammm.com

Vietnammm, one of Vietnam’s most popular online delivery sites, has been acquired by Takeaway.com, a global leader in the industry. The move signals the Dutch company’s first move outside of Europe wh...

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Video: Local YouTuber Gives Away Free Ice Cream to Saigon Commuters

Troy Nguyen runs a YouTube channel dedicated to Vietnam. While most of his videos focus on his travels and interesting aspects of Vietnamese culture, every now and then, he sets out to help the people...

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The Best Pho in Vietnam?

With thousands of pho shops across Vietnam, determining the best in the country seems like an impossible task. In fact, for any Vietnamese food, we would hesitate to crown a restaurant 'best of' since...

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Hoa Quan

As a resident of District 4, I find that it being off a lot of people’s radar both a good and bad thing. Good because, quite frankly, I like to imagine I have the place to myself and want to wallow in...

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Master Chef - Gastronomy Competition @ Mc Sorley's

Food lovers and amateurs chefs with a passion for sharing their favourite food and recipes should not miss Mc Sorley's event “Master Chef.”  It is a gastronomy competition, where teams of 4 memb...

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Ben Thanh is One of the World's Best Food Markets: USA Today

American newspaper, USA Today, just published their list of the "Best food markets around the world" in which Saigon's own Ben Thanh Market ranked 15th. Along with fake DVDs and tourist nik naks, the ...

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Quan Ca Can

For quick and easy ‘on-the-go’ snacks, I’m very much a banh mi or banh bao man. Banh mi when I’m looking for a light bite; banh bao when I’m in need of something more substantial. And for both th...

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Ba Hai Banh Xeo

Banh xeo joints are a pretty common sight around town, and you may well have your own favourite. I’m regularly drawn back to this place though because it offers everything I look for in Vietnamese str...

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[Video] Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam

Gordon Ramsay isn't the only celebrity chef obsessed with Vietnam. But unlike Ramsay, New York chef, Anthony Bourdain, has a surprisingly close connection to Vietnam, cultivated over many visits since...

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Saigon Street Food Gems: Quan Le Hong

Not street food strictly speaking but Quan Le Hong does fall under the banner of cheap eats, which is good enough for me. Even more so when the eats are as cheap and delicious as the fried beef dishes...

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Video: The Perfect Cafe Sữa Nóng?

Yes, we know that Saigonese take their cafe sữa with đá (ice) and that the background music is from Thailand. Nonetheless, this playful video by food videographer, Eric Slatkin is well done and worth ...

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Free Food Tuesday 'Arancini' @ deciBel

It all started innocently enough. It was about 6 months ago when the deciBel guys and a group of friends, after complaining that it was often too complicated to match working schedules to arrange a di...

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Video: Gordon Ramsay Explores Vietnam and its Cuisine

Gordon Ramsay has made it clear that Vietnamese cuisine is on the top of his list. His love was on full display in the most recent season of Master Chef US, where he tasked the final 5 contestants to ...

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London Restaurant Trademarks ‘Pho.’ Social Media Battle Ensues.

It may be hard to comprehend how a company can trademark a word as generic as ‘Pho.’ Apparently the British Intellectual Property Office disagrees as 6 years ago, they allowed a glitzy London chain, ‘...