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“Best banh cuon, great drinks, tourist free zone, for now...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Banh Cuon Hai Nam

Banh Cuon Hai Nam
11A Cao Thang, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Ranked #163 of 1,578 Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Best banh cuon, great drinks, tourist free zone, for now...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

A really cool little cafe full of locals, with a great menu of food and drinks.

Everything was very fresh (watch your bang cuon being made) and well balanced for flavour.

WARNING: the bang cuon is stuffed full and is as thick as a baby's arm!

We had breakfast/brunch here everyday, and it really set us up for the day.

Staying at the Hotel Nikko, it's 5-10min walk, which became a daily pilgrimage and worth every moped dodged while crossing the road.

We had a banh cuon dish each plus one random choice, a couple of drinks each everyday, it was so cheap I felt like I stole it.

The owner is friendly, and many thanks to the people working at Hai Nam, we love your food and welcoming nature.

We had to force the young lady who looked after us each day to take a tip. The owner is lucky to have such great staff.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ulsan, South Korea
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18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
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“Truely Authentic Vietnamese Flavours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Firstly, the location that tripadvisor shoes is completely wrong. This restaurant is located at 11a Cao Thang, but it's the Cao Thang street at the end of Cong Quynh. About 500m walk from the main Pham Ngu Lao backpacker district.

Ok, so onto the actual review. We were recommended this place by our hotel manager. This food is authentic. Flavours in Pham Ngu Lao are diluted and usually disappointing. A short walk and you can get all that makes Vietnamese food fantastic.

The banh cuon dish is prepared fresh upon ordering. Two rolls, with lettuce and mung bean for 28,000 VND. Sooo cheap and sooo delicious.

If you don't know what banh cuon is, it's minced meat rolled in a thin steamed soft rice flour. Kind of like a giant filled rice noodle. Anyway, this is worth trying during your stay.

Service is very friendly and they have an english menu.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best Banh Cuon in HCMC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

My wife is Vietnamese, so I know this is good stuff, and we both loved our meal here. For a dollar, you get amazing banh cuon and excellent service. If you have no idea what you're doing, the owners will patiently make sure that you know how to enjoy the food properly.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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