Eat With a Local Saigon Family – Chị Hạnh

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. We can’t imagine a better way to spend New Year than with you and your wonderful family and frankly it’s going to be a tough one to beat. We may have to come back!
Stephanie & David, New Jersey, USA – February, 2016

The food overall was superb … a memorable experience talking with our hosts and their children with lots of laughter and fun. We would definitely repeat it again!
Van, Taiwan & Jaime, France – May 2015

Hai’s sister #5 (Chị Hạnh), her husband and their 2 lovely children welcome you into a large, comfortable living room in their traditional Saigon home.  Chị Hạnh graduated from a Saigon law university and just happens to be one of the best cooks in Hai’s 11-sibling family! Her son speaks English and will enjoy helping with conversation among all.  Among Chị Hạnh’s special dishes are classic Vietnamese rice dishes with chicken, pork, and/or fish; vegetables from her countryside home; and a variety of delicious Vietnamese soups with shrimp, squash, and local fishes.

 

Available Days/Hours:  Saturday 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.;  Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

# of Guests in your booking: 2 -5 guests

Seating:  Table seating for 4; “Vietnamese-style” floor seating for 5

Cost: $24/guest

Location:  Bình Thạnh District.  About a 20 minute taxi drive from Saigon’s District 1 & 3 tourist centers.  Approximately $5.USD (100,000 vnd) taxi fare.

Have any questions?  Send us an email here:  eatingsaigon@gmail.com

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  1. Me and my boyfriend visited Hai’s sister #5 (Chị Hạnh) and her family in Saigon in February 2016. Even though it took me so much time to write this comment (sorry about that!), our experience sharing a meal with them was definitely the most warm-hearted and fun experience we had in Saigon. Why did we enjoy it then?

    Already riding to a new local neighbourhood outside the centre on solely one motorbike (me, boyfriend and driver) while looking for Chi Hanh’s house, paved the way for a fun night. We got lost repeatedly but people were very friendly to guide us to their house.

    Since the first moment we entered their house, we felt awaited and welcome. We had entered into a Vietnamese household full of lovely people, culture and tasty food. We soon sat around the living room-kitchen table and began our delicious and plentiful meal full of Vietnamese home cooked dishes. We had some delicious grilled ribs and crispy springs rolls with pickles. Chi Hanh has also prepared the classic southern Vietnamese dish – braised snakehead fish – with pickled mustard greens and salads as well as the hearty cabbage-pork soup, a special delicacy served only around Vietnamese New Year Tet. Then more and more deliciousness in forms of chicken and pork dishes, salads and some fragrant rice aside. Eating fresh fruit for desert was a good ending to this meal as nothing else would have passed through our mouths anymore.

    Even though we could not speak directly english with the older family members (though body language and smiles were actively in use) then the younger family members really made up for it. They were eager to practice their good english skills while mediating their parents’ thoughts and our questions as well as telling us about their life in Saigon and the Vietnamese culture and society. We had a very warm and delicious evening full of laughter! By the end of the evening at least I felt like I had a family also in Saigon. I strongly recommend this experience to meet a local family and eat great home-cooked Vietnamese food!

    Thank you again Chi Hanh and your family!!
    Liis and Jaak from Estonia

    • hello Liis & Jaak ~ Hai and I are so glad to receive your note and to hear how much you enjoyed your evening with Chi Hanh and her family. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We wish you many more wonderful travel adventures … and great meals! 🙂 JOE & HAI

  2. Saigon is a great city for eating out and I thought I would give this service a try. I wish I had done it sooner.

    First, the food is great. Chi Hanh made her famous crab cha gio (crab rolls) which is much more tasty then the usual pork rolls you get in restaurants. She also made a very good mango salad followed by roasted duck (I have to admit not a personal favorite dish of mine). The food overall was superb, especially the dishes that are common in Vietnam such as spring rolls, mango salad, and pork ham. These are considered comfort food here and Chi Hanh does them very well.

    Beyond the food, I actually had a lot of fun talking to our hosts and their children. A friend joined me for dinner. I’m Viet Kieu (overseas Vietnamese) and he’s French and can’t speak Vietnamese. Chi Hanh’s lovely children joined us and it made the conversation lively in both English and Vietnamese. Chi Hanh’s husband, a reserved man, opened up about being an NVA soldier accountant on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

    Vietnamese children are very outgoing and eager to speak English and it shows with Chi Hanh’s children. Chi Hanh is very hospitable and proud of her food (rightly so).

    It was a memorable experience and with lots of laughter and fun. I would definitely repeat it again either by myself or with friends.

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