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Pho 888: A Taste of Vietnam in Chicago

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. After coming back from Vietnam, I was still craving some of the delicious eats from my months in the country. While visiting Chicago, friends and I went to Pho 888, a small BYOB restaurant near Argyle stop. Recommended! It was a meal full of nostalgia…

The best claypot catfish in Saigon

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…

Minimalist posters illustrate the differences between Hanoi and Saigon

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. With the last five months in Vietnam, I've been keeping an eye out for posts that talk about the differences from North to South. Given the length of the country, there are plenty to account for. Enter Nhat Le, who has posted whimsical posters that…

Dogs in Sweaters, Vietnam edition

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. Most tourists down think of Vietnam as cold, but during winter months Hanoi certainly fits the bill. It was close to 32F when I was there in the colder months, which meant one thing: bundling up. And not just the people either: the dogs also…

Street Coffee in Saigon

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. We've written about egg coffee in Hanoi, but this photo from around my apartment in Saigon illustrates why the coffee culture in Vietnam is so compelling to visitors. Colourful pitchers of freshly brewed coffee (in the Vietnamese filter, of course) on the side of the street,…

Vegetable vendors, Hanoi-style

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. One of the fun things to see in Vietnam (and elsewhere in Asia) is how incredibly piled-up the bicycles and motorcycles are, packed high with whatever vendors are selling. During Lunar new year, people were transporting big kumquat trees across town on bicycles and motorbikes,…

Egg Coffee in Vietnam

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. I don't usually cross-post from my site, but I think the glories of egg coffee should be shared far and wide. While I'm currently living in Ho Chi Minh City, I've been trying to visit other places in Vietnam, such as the beachside towns of…

Chicken in a Soda Can

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. Another interesting chicken dish from Vietnam: Ga Tan. Literally meaning "fall-off-the-bone chicken", they are simmered in a variety of medicinal herbs (a recipe originally from China) and said to be good for your health. I found this one in Hanoi, but they are not always…

Possibly the best chicken rice stand ever?

This is a Hipmunk post from Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads. During my travels through Southeast Asia, it's always fun to see the way vendors serve their foods. From artful mounds of fruit to piles of shrimp, lined up meticulously in a glass case to add to soup to many other edible treats, there is no…

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