The best claypot catfish in Saigon

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This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

After almost five months in Ho Chi Minh City (still affectionately known as Saigon to many of its inhabitants), I’d be remiss not to mention one of the best dishes I ate, a beautifully balanced and just-enough-spice claypot catfish from a tiny restaurant called Dong Hoa Xuan, in Binh Tanh district.


Claypot catfish by Jodi Ettenberg

Claypot catfish, by Jodi Ettenberg

The place has a fabulous “point to order” system of merely drooling over the food and selecting what you’d like to eat. Everything there — especially their BBQ pork ribs — is worth trying. But do not — seriously DO NOT — skip the catfish (Cá Kho Tộ). Sweet and spicy, with fried pork fat topping the dish as it simmers away, it is served with rice and best enjoyed when piping hot. It’s also in a less touristed part of the city, so it will give a chance to see areas that most tourists miss.


Dong Hoa Xuan
49 No Trang Long Street
Binh Thanh District
08 35101771

BBQ in Cambodia’s Capital City

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Street food expert extraordinaire Mark Lowerson of Sticky Rice recently took a trip to Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, and we wanted to share one of his food findings here. Many travelers head from Siem Reap to Cambodia’s capital for the next leg of their travels, and this BBQ stand – piled high with seafood and other offerings – was too good to keep a secret.

Says Mark:

For getting food to plastic table, I would resort to tried and tested means; gawking at the plates of others and poking about the food preparation area, techniques considered by most to be not only rude but also not permitted when a common language is the conduit for completing such transactions. Here, in these circumstances, our common goal (ours to get fed, theirs to feed me and take our money) bonds customer and server, allowing the aforementioned alternative methodology. I would grunt, point and smile my way to a full stomach.

BBQ in Cambodia, by Mark Lowerson

BBQ in Cambodia, by Mark Lowerson

One of many dishes on offer, worth seeing the full photos here.

For those who want to try it out:

Street BBQ
Corner Pasteur (St. 51) & Preah Ang Phanauvong (St. 240)
Phnom Penh

Great photo essay on foods from Thailand

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This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads.

Jordan and Skyler McDonald recently left their jobs in Atlanta – Jordan a consultant and Skyler an attorney – to travel the world together. Like many travelers, they decided to host their experiences publicly on a site called 180 Degrees West. As a fan of Thai food and food photography, I wanted to highlight their great photoessay here, since it captures in a photoessay the essence of what makes discovering the world so great. Two of their photos are below, but you can check out the full photoessay in all its colourful glory.

We’ve posted about Thai food before – here and here – but the McDonalds’ full-page photos left us drooling with some new foods to feature.




Stewed pork from the night market at Suk Soi 38, by 180 Degrees West


Sweet coconut pancakes at the side of the road, by 180 Degrees West



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