Special mention to this little well maintained restaurant that serves authentic Saigonese cuisine
, not far from the War Remnants Museum
in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – ideal to gather strength before or recover after the visit.
The Ngõ 8 Restaurant
is built as a lengthy room, with in the forefront a nice little terrace that invites you to come in, followed by a simple well-lit interior. On each side of the central aisle, a succession of low tables and chairs are placed along nicely painted walls
. The menu only has a few pages (compared to other very thick ones) but it proposes a selection of authentic dishes, which arouse the curiosity and defy the palate
. Prices are more than attractive, as dishes cost between 10 000 and 70 000 dongs.
Fried tofu, rice vermicelli and shrimp paste
We let ourselves be tempted by a plate of fried baby squids with tamarind sauce
and fried tofu and rice vermicelli with… shrimp paste
(Bún đậu mắm tôm). This is a grey-purplish quite odorous sauce, not well known by Western palates but which is worth a try, to our mind. If we have to make a comparison, the smell reminds vaguely the fish sauce that we know. So, we have to dip the fried pieces of tofu, some herbs and rice vermicelli in, and the whole reaches a good balance in the mouth, certainly a bit special (still from a Western point of view), but very interesting. To quench our thirst, we ordered a delicious kumquat tea
and a Nhân Trân
, a plant-based refreshing drink. Very good.
At the Ngõ 8 Restaurant, if the staff only speaks a little English, it is without doubt dedicated to customers! So, not so many problems to communicate and we have the assurance of sharing a bit of local life at this charming address which looks a bit like a canteen “++”
, mainly frequented by Saigonese people.
Fried tofu and rice vermicelli with shrimp paste
Fried baby squids with tamarind sauce
Nhân Trân, plant-based drink.
35 Trương Định, q3, Hô-Chi-Minh-Ville
A second address is situated at số 8 đường Cù Lao, F2, Phú nhuận, Ho Chi Minh City.
Tel: 0972 620 333
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm