Che Hang Can

Sweet bean soup or che is a Hanoi mainstay, the perfect refreshment for hot weather. Words by Huyen Tran. Photos by Francis Roux

The Boathouse

Fish and chips. It's a cliché, but a great tasting cliché. So with the UK bringing 40 years of Britishness and stiff upper lips to Vietnam, we decided to see if its cuisine could match the high level diplomacy

ID Café

Jacklynn Blanchard takes a stroll down the café corridor of District 3’s Tu Xuong to get caffeinated with the cool kids. Photos by Alexandre Garel

The Vietnamese Pastry Championships

Armed only with an empty stomach, cavity-prone teeth and a fork, Ed Weinberg gets a plate on the frontlines of the pastry wars. Photos Francis Xavier


Thanks to our friends at the Japanese-language magazine, Sketch, we have come up with a list of what we believe to be the top 10 Japanese restaurants in town. With so much competition in this city, and well over 200 eateries proclaiming to sell dishes with some sort of Japanese influence, Saigon is a gold mine for anyone who enjoys eating cuisine from the Land of the Rising Sun. In fact, so good is our experience of the cuisine in this country, that when various members of our team have tried sushi, sashimi, ramen and all sorts of other Japanese fare in Europe or North America, they've come away disappointed. So, here goes. Time to get the saliva running and the juices flowing.

Supersize Me

Forget eating McDonald’s three meals a day for a month. Seamus Butler agreed to do the opposite and dosed up on a diet of Ben Style food for weightlifters and two weeks’ worth of daily workouts at the Sofitel Gym. Here’s what happened. Photos by Francis Xavier


Bun Cha

Oodles and oodles of noodles are the key to truly knowing Vietnam, as Harry Hodge explains. Photos by Kyle Phanroy and Alexandre Garel. Additional reporting by Nick Ross

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