One of Saigon’s most famed street cuisines is also one of the most gruesome. Yes, it’s boiled duck embryo. Words by Vi Pham. Photos by Zoe Osborne

Renowned for its Thanh Oai smoked pork ribs, this smokehouse is said to be a meat lovers’ dream. Our Mystery Diner investigates. Photos by Sasha Arefieva

At the foot of Hanoi Creative City, Bia-Khu 9 is a ramped up, bia hoi style restaurant and bar, with a huge Vietnamese food menu, and lots of beer.

The Pullman Saigon Centre has come up with a novel way to keep abreast of evolving food trends in Vietnam — a pop-up style burger bar. The brainchild of general manager Tony Chisholm, the concept came about in recognition of the need for high-end hotels to move on from “the old historical cliche” of offering just club sandwiches.

The contemporary Thai food chain is expanding. So our mystery diner headed down to their latest outlet on Nguyen Hue. Photos by Mike Palumbo

Thai-style rice noodle soup with seafood. Is this the noodle soup of all noodle soups? Edward Dalton thinks it is. Photos by Teigue John Blokpoel

You are struck by the scale of the place as soon as you walk up the small staircase into East West. It’s a grand arena, and the lofty ceilings match its impressive ambition. The trick is to make the large space inviting without being intimidating, and East West have pulled it off.

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