Month: September 2021

Eight Saigon banh mi variations worth the savor post-social distancing

With HCMC in the grips of a strict two-month social distancing order, many Saigoneers are craving for a delectable bite of banh mi. The simple Vietnamese sandwich, a baguette stuffed with anything from grilled pork, cold cuts and cucumber slices to cilantro, pickled carrots, liver pate, and a swipe of mayonnaise, is arguably one of the first things you should try if you want a true taste of Vietnam.
Here are eight famous banh mi variations that have won acclaim from food bloggers.
Banh mi xiu mai trung muoi served with pork meatballs (xiu mai) and topped with salted egg yolk (trung muoi) is highly recommended by travel bloggers, stemming from a homemade recipe you can’t find anywhere else. Inside the freshly baked sandwich is one piece of roasted beef, two to three pieces of pork meatballstopped with protein-laden steamed salted egg yolk, along with layers of pork crackling. Don't forget to put a little pickled daikon and carrots and fish sauce into the loaf to add flavor.
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Top 10 restaurants in Vietnam as voted by Tripadvisor readers

In a new Tripadvisor listing of Vietnam’s 2021 best restaurants, Hanoi accounted for the most with seven representatives and HCMC, Hoi An and Phu Quoc for the rest. French Grill Restaurant in Hanoi was voted the best restaurant in Vietnam, according to the annual ranking compiled by the U.S. online booking site Tripadvisor, based on millions of reviews and collected opinions. Located in the lobby of the five-star JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi in Nam Tu Liem District, French Grill serves classic French cuisine with a local twist, and has become popular among foreigners. Led by French chef Jean-Francois Nulli, the restaurant serves dishes like seared foie gras, classic caviar and premium steak at prices ranging from VND300,000 to 700,000 ($13.06-30.46).
Captain Skybar & Restaurant on Hang Gai Street in Hoan Kiem District near the Old Quarter ranked second on the list. Located on the 11th floor of Silk Collection Hotel & Spa, the restaurant allows guests to enjoy an aerial view of Sword Lake a..