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Sthala Hotel in Ubud, Bali

Our one-month in Bali was winding down to the end and, right before we said our goodbyes, we wanted to spend a day in Ubud. We saw that SPG (Starwood) had a new hotel that just opened in Ubud and we thought why not check it out. Also, they were offering a discounted rate since it was a soft opening.

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Crab And Beef Hot Pot: Ngõ 8 – Trà Chanh & Lẩu Riêu Cua Đồng

Ngõ 8 – Trà Chanh & Lẩu Riêu Cua Đồng: Crab and beef hot pot

  • Address: 5 Trương Định, P. 6, Q. 3, Hồ Chí Minh: (Map)
  • Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Dish and Cost:
    • Lẩu Riêu Cua Bắp Bò (Crab and beef hot pot — Feeds about 2-4 people): 180,000 Dong ~ $8.25 USD
    • Mực Sữa Chiên Nước Mắm (Pan-fried baby squids in fish sauce): 45,000 Dong ~ $2.10 USD
    • Mực Sữa Chiên Mắm Me (deep-fried baby squids with tamarind sauce): 45,000 Dong ~ $2.10 USD

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Central Vietnam Noodle Soup: Mì Quảng

Mì Quảng Phố Thị (2 locations): Central-styled shrimp and pork noodle soup

  • Address: 50A Đinh Tiên Hoàng, P. Đa Kao, Q. 1, Hồ Chí Minh: (Map)
  • Address: 110 Cách Mạng Tháng 8, P. 7, Q. 3, Hồ Chí Minh: (Map)
  • Hours: 6:30 am – 10 pm
  • Dish and Cost:
    • Mì Quảng Tôm Thịt (shrimp and pork noodle soup): 42,000 Dong ~ $2 USD
    • Cơm Gà Hội An (Hoi An City chicken rice): 46,000 Dong ~ $2.10 USD

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7 Day Local Food Tour For The Adventurous Traveler In Saigon, Vietnam

When visiting a new place, one of the hardest things I have to do is researching, debating, and agreeing on a places to eat — I know, the struggles. The deciding process often pushes my partner and I to the verge of a nuclear war. The tension heightens if we’re visiting a place for only a few days and finding the right place to eat requires a scientific formula. I only want to travel for the food, therefore, I want to taste the best dishes a city has to offer and I don’t want to waste any meal on bad restaurants or experiences. I’m assuming that many people have the same dilemma as I do when traveling, thus, I’ve created 7 days worth of restaurants to eat for both lunch and dinner in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), Vietnam.  Read More »


Vermicelli Noodles Tomato And Crab Soup: Bún Ốc Riêu Cua Thanh Hải

Bún Ốc Riêu Cua Thanh Hải: Rice vermicelli tomato soup with crab cake paste and snails (optional)   

  • Address: 14/12 Kỳ Đồng, P. 9, Q. 3, Hồ Chí Minh: (Map)
    • Located in an alley
  • Hours: 7 am – 9 pm daily
  • Dish and cost:
    • Bún Ốc Riêu Cua (Crab noodle soup with snails): 35,000 Dong ~ $1.60 USD
    • Bún Riêu Cua (Crab noodle soup): 28,000 Dong ~ $1.30 USD

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Vermicelli Noodles With BBQ Pork And Egg Rolls: Bún Thịt Nướng Chị Tuyền

Bún Thịt Nướng Chị Tuyền (originally Chị Thông): Vermicelli with BBQ pork and egg rolls

  • Address: 195 Cô Giang, Q. 1, Hồ Chí Minh: (Map)
  • Hours: 7 am – 10 pm daily
  • Dish and cost:
    • Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò (Noodles with BBQ pork and egg roll): 40,000 Dong ~ $1.90 USD
    • Chả Giò (extra – egg rolls): 10,000 Dong ~ $0.50 USD/roll

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