Hidden among old apartment building Nguyen Dinh Chieu’s blocks in Ward Dakao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, The Lunch Lady’s noodle soups is a popular place for locals and tourists to enjoy delicious traditional Vietnamese dishes. The famous American chef Anthony Bourdain came to this food stall, he admired the secret recipe and tasty dishes of the owner – Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh. Because the stall only opens from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM to serve lunch, Anthony named it The Lunch Lady. After being on a episode of “No Reservation” hosted by Anthony and well-known around the world, The Lunch Lady has been hunted by a lot of foreign tourists. Certainly the the stall doesn’t dissatisfy them with flavorful different dishes served on each day of the week. Following is menu at The Lunch Lady’s noodle soups:
– Monday: Thai Noodle Soup;
– Tuesday: Cellophane noodle soup with Chicken, Rice Noodle Soup with Pork Ball, Quang Style Noodle Soup;
– Wednesday: Noodle Soup with Braised Chicken, Chicken Curry, Rice Noodles with Grilled Pork;
– Thursday: Rice Noodle Soup with Fermented Fish Paste;
– Friday: Hue Noodle Soup;
– Saturday: Crab Soup Cake;
– Sunday: Clear Rice Noodle with Grilled Pork;
The Lunch Lady’s noodle soups
The stall is simple with plastic small tables and chairs. Wooden chopsticks, stainless spoons, tissue, toothpicks, dip bowls, lemon wedges, chili slices, ground chili, fish sauce, soy sauce, chili paste, black soy bean paste, pickled garlic are always available on the tables.
Friendly Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh gave her customers a big smile of welcome
Rice Noodle Soup with Fermented Fish Paste – a specialty dish of Mekong Delta served at The Lunch Lady’s noodle soups is full of thick cylindrical thick noodles, broth, toppings (shrimp, deep-fried fish pie, Vietnamese roasted pork, okra). Dinners are free to ask for vegetables and herbs. All of ingredients used to cook dishes at the stall are fresh and chosen carefully.
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