Sunday, September 25, 2011
The Lunch Lady: Serving Soup in Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Vietnam
We first saw the Lunch Lady on TV. My husband and I love the Travel Channel's show "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations." He visited the Lunch Lady for her famous soup during a stop in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Everyday she makes something different depending on what looks good at the market. She serves the locals until she runs out of soup. Street food doesn't get any better than this!
So, of course when we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) we wanted to see the Lunch Lady and try her soup. We hopped on a motorbike taxi and were on our way. When we spotted her shady street food corner, she looked up at us and flashed a big smile. She knew we were there for her.
In a few minutes we had bowls of hot soup and fresh spring rolls. I don't know the name of our soup, but I do know it was the best I've tasted in Vietnam. We were there before noon, and shortly afterward every table and chair was taken. She's popular and deserves to be. The food is delicious and fresh and incredibly cheap.
Cost of Lunch: 2 bowls of soup + 4 fresh spring rolls + 2 sodas = 90,000 Vietnamese Dong ($4.50)
Watch my video for directions on how to get to the lunch lady. You can also access a helpful map here. My thanks to the "Gastronomer" -- this blog helped up to find the Lunch Lady on our trip. So go ahead and add the Lunch Lady to your travel itinerary and enjoy the soup!