Recently, a friend of mine take me to this old noodle stall in Le Van Sy street, right at the first time I saw it, something really special about Time grew in me. In here, the most vibrant city in Vietnam, with crazy pace of life, you can find a food stall which can make time stay still. And it’s something really worthy think about, it makes me remember my childhood.
Huu Ich noodle stand has been in this corner of Saigon street for more than 45 years and not much is changed since the first time it was opened. The old couple began their business when they’re very young, now they’re almost 70. Everything is old literally, the owner, the stall, the chopsticks, the bar and the way they make food…
There are tables placed on the sidewalk but I like to sit by the bar to have my noodle, because from there, I find it interesting to watch the old couple prepare the food, it somehow make me have a different feeling about the dish, and the meal just got better. I’m not sure if this is what you will feel but in a humble place like this, but this is the true color of Saigon’s cuisine, unlike other fancy Saigon restaurant chains.
The bowl of noodle is as humble as the place, but it’s the most delicious noodle bowl I had ever tasted in that week. All the ingredient are made carefully by the owner, you can feel love there. In one bowl, you have pork bone, noodles with sauces, herb, a shrimp rice cracker, simple as that. The food is not so much in the bowl but I think it’s enough.
The menu is simple too, you can have noodles (with or without broth), there are 2 kinds of noodles: egg noodle (the yeallow and round one), simple flat rice noodle (the white one, looks like pho but thinner & wider), handmade wonton (the owner will make it in front of you). You can easily point the one you like or show the photo in this article. They don’t speak English so better utilize your body language :D.
It’s not a fancy place, the cooking technique is nothing special, but it can bring you a special taste of Saigon streetfood – cozy & warm-hearted, I believe so. Please pass by if you can while it’s still on the street.
It takes 10 minute walks from Beso House to this place, detailed address: https://goo.gl/kVWx1N , after you have a bowl of noodles here, you can try street smoothie right in next door, that will make you dinner fully complete! I will have another post about this soon J. Here is the address of Beso House if you want to stay someday as the local, I will offer you a guide if my schedule is free: https://www.airbnb.com/users/151049622/listings