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Summer 2018: Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

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Hi all—

It’s been a while since we’ve blogged on our travels, and, due to popular demand (read: peer pressure from a few friends), we’re back. I’m not committing to a post everyday, but one round-up of highlights from each city we visit seems very do-able to me! Hope you enjoy reading them! -------

The locals here call it Saigon, and you'll see both names used interchangeably. We think it's a traditional identity thing, similar to Leningrad/St. Petersburg.
EAT:

Bông Súng - Vegetarian restaurant near Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. We ate pho (that had some great tofu) and spring rolls (which were so-so). Tons of options, and a menu with images, so you can see what you’re ordering! Decent WiFi, too!


My Bahn Mi - The Banh Mi is a classic Vietnamese sandwich, traditionally served with pork, pickled veggies, herbs, and mayo on a baguette (gotta love that French colonial influence). Tofu and egg banh mis are also common vegetarian options. My Banh Mi was started by two notable chefs wor…

Summer 2018: Hong Kong

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Hi all—

It’s been a while since we’ve blogged on our travels, and, due to popular demand (read: peer pressure from a few friends), we’re back. I’m not committing to a post everyday, but one round-up of highlights from each city we visit seems very do-able to me! Hope you enjoy reading them! -------

EAT:
Tim Ho Wan - This dim sum shop with multiple locations has a Michelin Star. We weren’t sure veggie dishes would be an option, but we found some and we were not disappointed! We visited the location in the Hong Kong metro station, right as it opened Sunday morning. The line to sit at a table was already long, so we opted for takeaway, and only had to wait about 10 minutes for our food! We ordered the steamed egg cake and steamed dumplings in chiu chow style (these had jicama, chives, and peanuts inside). Delicious! If you are a meat eater, there are tons of options for you. Ho Lee Fook - By chance (thanks to Google Maps), Richard stumbled across Ho Lee Fook when we went to Quinary (see be…