Pho 888: A Taste of Vietnam in Chicago

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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 for me, and for new tastes for them.

What to order:

Their pho was good but branching out is better! In the photo below, clockwise:

1) Bo la lot (beef wrapped in betel nut leaves).

2) Banh xeo ( a sizzling crispy pancake with pork and shrimp)

3) Chao tom (sugar cane shrimp)

4) Banh cuon (steamed rice crepes with wood ear mushrooms and pork)

Meals aplenty at Pho 888.

Definitely worth a try!

-Jodi

Address:

Pho 888
1137 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-8838

 

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.

Behold:

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.

Address:

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

Minimalist posters illustrate the differences between Hanoi and Saigon

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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 show these differences in illustrated form.

A few:

And of course, some of the same in both: TRAFFIC!

For the full list of comparisons, check out his post on Behance, here.

-Jodi

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