Vegetarian Samosa (Cha Gio Samosa) served with rice noodles and greens.
December 26, 2011
December 25, 2011
After hours of strolling the city and a quick trip to Ho Chi Minh City's biggest market, we headed back to our hotel. Our plan was to have a nice Vietnamese meal for Christmas Eve but the plan failed again. It was past 9 in the evening when we left the hotel again to find food. Our bodies were weak and our legs aching. We took a detour hoping to find a Vietnamese Restaurant but we found ourselves walking farther from the city center. As we arrived on the main road, we saw hundreds of people walking towards one direction. Our instincts said to follow them. Minutes later, we found the big statue, the landmark for locating the way downtown.
We looked for restaurants and they were packed. Then we saw Pomodoro, an Italian restaurant. We peeked through the glass window. We saw empty tables. It was not the right time to be choosy. We were too tired from too much walking and we were so hungry. All we needed was a place to relax our feet and to fill our empty stomach.
It didn't take much longer til our order arrived. We had carrot and orange juice.
One might wonder why we would go Japanese when we could eat the local delicacies of Vietnam. The first thing we wanted to do after the church service was go back to our hotel, change into our casual clothes and get something to eat. It was our first time at Vietnam Church so the Kodak moments took a while. Our tummies were growling already when we flagged down a cab.
We arrived at the hotel, rested for a while, threw on our clothes and left again to eat.We drained our last bit of energy looking for a restaurant nearby which served Vietnamese cuisine. The hotel where we were lodged was located in the "Japanese area". Most restaurants we saw were Japanese restaurants. We were exhausted and starving so we decided to eat at any restaurants close to the hotel. We found Daikokuya and our decision to eat there did not disappoint.
I liked the cozy feeling of the restaurant. The staff and the Japanese chef were friendly. And the food was excellent.
|The salmon was tender and juicy, the salad had just enough dressing.|