Hello +84 ✈ HCMC #2

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Coconut ice-cream with grass jelly and sago

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Curry rice with mushrooms and tofu

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Bến Thành Night Market

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Saigon Spring Roll with Pork

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Fresh Lotus Stem Salad with Prawns

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Char-grilled Beef wrapped in Betel Leaves and Lemongrass

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7th to 9th May 2013 – Day Two to Four in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

DAY TWO x The first stop for the second day of trip saw us hopping onto a cab and heading to I.D. Cafe at District 3 which was situated right inside an alley, it would have easily been missed! I really thought that this one of the better cafes we visited during our stay, despite the language barrier, because the food was surprisingly goooood! I never expected myself to enjoy the vegan dishes that we have ordered that much! Just thinking about the amazing curry rice just makes me so hungry right now. ☹ Made our way to Indochine Spa for our second day of self pampering. It felt like we were on this crazy spa treatment getaway when we step foot into Ho Chi Minh. Both Jolene and I felt that despite Indochine being a little more expensive (and a little more upmarket, if you’d like to say it), we really prefer Cát Mộc Spa instead. Dinner was at Phở Hòa Pasteur where we heard that it serves one of the best Phở in HCMC. It was really good, until Jo and I noticed that they actually added MSG, and that came as a disappointment. (My back aches shortly after eating a bowl of MSG goodness. Everytime. Without fail.) Cabbed over to Bến Thành Night Market to have a quick look at what it was all about, and I have to say Bangkok’s night market beat this hands down.

DAY THREE x Climbed out of bed really early the next day for the highlight of our trip – Saigon Cooking Class by Hoa Túc – where we gathered at Bến Thành Market to shop for some of the groceries. It was quite an eye opener to see how a Viet Market is like, and the interesting vegetables that are commonly found in their dishes. We were taught to make three dishes – namely the Saigon Spring Roll with Pork, Fresh Lotus Stem Salad with Prawns, and Char-grilled Beef wrapped in Betel Leaves and Lemongrass. The three hour cooking class was such an eye opener and an absolutely fun experience I’d strongly recommend anyone to go for it. Surprisingly, Jo and I were the only Asians that participated in the cooking class. And FYI, this cooking class is run by Hoa Túc Restaurant which apparently serves really good food! ☺

Coffee and cakes at L’usine at Dong Khoi St, and I’d definitely say that L’usine cafes definitely has one of the best interiors amongst the places that we have visited in HCMC. Headed back to Cát Mộc Spa for round three of our self pampering session, each time with a different treatment. Headed to Hum Restaurant for a vegetarian meal as recommended by fellow tourist we met during our trip, and from the reviews we read online. Definitely the most zen restaurant we have ever came across, and the food was pretty good though a few dishes was a miss.

DAY FOUR x We only had half a day left, and we spent the entire morning at Bến Thành Market doing our last minute shopping, and enjoying the best of their local dishes at the market. Bought more tea and a few of the other stuff it was quite insane it exceeded our luggage weight limit.

Ho Chi Minh has been pretty much an eye opener, and I guess I can only be thankful of the good company and that nothing bad happened to the both of us despite hearing so much scary stories. x

On a side note, I am planning to sell away my beloved Olympus Ep-3 (in white with brown leather skin) with its kit lens, and the panasonic prime lens 20mm/f1.7! You can check out the photos that I have taken with this precious here! Camera’s less than 2 years old and very well taken care of with minor signs of usage. Interested parties, please drop me an email at kellynting@gmail.com!

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