RESTAURANT 13 IN THAO DIEN

Address: 23 Nguyen U Di, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City

Won’t notice this place from the shop front until we stepped in. Its a small local restaurant with several square tables that can take small groups of 2 to 4 people. Can be quite tight space but manageable. The place is popular with the locals during lunch.

My local friends ordered a vegetable dish that they said is the “flower” of some plants. Green in color,fried with garlic and it tasted great. We also had calamari and an omelette with prawns. The best dish came last – mackerel fish (cross sections) cooked with slice pork belly in caramel sauce. This was served in a little clay pot (a small version of the type of claypot that we eat traditional “sar-poh fan” (Cantonese word). Its an interesting combination of fish and pork belly that I have not eaten in my life before! And the caramel sauce was not sweet but salty. I really like the gravy and just added it onto my bowl of steam rice and ate it. The pork belly reminded me of the hokkien style black sauce meat (“dow-you bah” – Hokkien word). This dish has left a strong impression in me.

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