59 Cao Thang
Ho Chi Minh,
NileGuide Expert tip:
Stick to the house specialties as they are the best things on the menu.
Despite its apparent unity, Vietnam is still very much divided down regional lines. This comes through in several fields and food is no exception. Northerners would have it that their specialties represent the zenith of the country's cuisine, as would people from the central regions and the south.
This competitiveness is great news for outsiders since it means that the standards remain unbelievably high even in the more humble joints. This restaurant is a case in point. Popular with Vietnamese (always a good sign) and western visitors alike, it majors in southern delights, primarily banh xeo (Vietnamese pancakes) and bank khot (a mini pancake that originated in the seaside enclave of Vung Tau).
The versions purveyed here are uniformly great. The banh khot are generally topped with shrimp, minced pork and fried scallions.
They are pretty greasy, but incredibly moreish. The same can be said of the banh xeo, which are particularly generously stuffed.