Ho Chi Minh City Travel Guide

Ho Chi Minh City Restaurants

Lunch Lady

  • 23 Hoang Sa Map It
  • District 1
  • Vietnamese

Known for

  • Rolling street food menu
  • Local-style folding tables and plastic chairs
  • Featuring on an international television show

Published 06/20/2019

Fodor's Review

A quirk of fate made the ever-smiling Nguyen Thi Thanh an international television superstar, yet fame has not wrought many changes to her humble food stand under a tree in an alley near the Saigon River. The Lunch Lady, who famously served celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain on his No Reservations TV show in 2009, has a rolling menu of a different dish every day (which means no real choice). It's a great way to try street food local-style, at tiny plastic tables and chairs on the sidewalk. It's not compulsory to eat the fresh spring rolls/summer rolls or side dishes that are served once you sit down, but if you try one, you will be charged for the whole plate. Just wave them away if you don't want them.

Restaurant Information


23 Hoang Sa, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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93-388–7922-cell phone

Restaurant Details:

  • No dinner

Published 06/20/2019


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