Restaurant 17A Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Hong Hanh is special ?
Hong Hanh is a small eatery in Ho Chi Minh City serving the stunning "banh cuon" and "banh da xuc hen".
Banh cuon isn't normally found on restaurant menus; you have to go to special banh cuon places. And one of the most popular is Hong Hanh, a block -- and several worlds -- away from the Sofitel Plaza Hotel. The open-air ground floor is divided between the kitchen and a motorbike parking lot. You climb a set of steep iron stairs into a cheerful unpretentious dining room, with little tables and blue plastic stools. This floor is open-air also: A metal rail will keep you from toppling down to the sidewalk with delight when you see how good banh cuon is.
Banh da xuc hen is a lovely and satisfying snack. A large rice paper crisp with hints of sesame and coconut arrives on a plate. It looks bare, but then you lift up the rice cracker and peek underneath, finding a pile of teeny tiny clams fried in lemongrass, rau ram (Vietnamese coriander), chilli, onion and garlic. It is a simple dish in terms of ingredients but the taste is profoundly different than anything else you have tried.
How to get to Hong Hanh?
If you step out of the Sofitel Plaza Hotel on Le Duan Street and throw a rock straight ahead to the next street north, it will land on Hong Hanh's roof.
- Good cheap and authentic
- Nice clean environment
- Nice food, nice price
- Very popular among locals around the area
- Authentic and tasty Vietnamese rice rolls
- Noise level Loud
- Budget Budget
- Alcohol NO
- Air condition NO
- Had kid menu NO
- Accept credit card NO
- Serve breakfast NO
- Serve halal NO
- Serve vegeterian NO
17A Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Bến Nghé, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Tips for you
Order Banh Cuon Nong Nhan Thit and you'll get a plate of super delicious Vietnamese rice crape with minced meat and mushroom. Yummy!
Hong Hanh serve up some good Hue specialties. The family are from Hue and so are most of their workers. The restaurant face a very busy street and is very popular among locals around the area and perhaps from far too.Some of my favorite dish from them are the Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese vermicelli Hue style beef noodles), Banh Hue similar to Banh Cuon in the south (Steam Rice Roll ), Banh Beo (Steam Rice Pancake), Nem Hue and Nem Hue Nuong. Their Goi Cuon(spring roll) and Grilled Pork dishes are also good. There are so many choices and most of them are reasonable price that I come and eat quite frequently.