Finding the Lunch Lady

I’m a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain and him featuring Nguyen Thi Thanh, or better known as The Lunch Lady, is something I’ve been meaning to cross out of my personal food bucket list.  After all, The Lunch Lady is in Saigon.

The Lunch Lady serves a different kind of meal each day.  You don’t have to order.  You just sit by her makeshift resto by the side of the road at Hoang Sa St. in District 1 and she’ll serve you the food for the day.  Read more about that here.

I thought we were in the wrong place seeing that we were in a residential area.  The cab driver dropped us off at a corner 25 Hoang Sa.  We had to walk a bit further in one of the small roads to find the eatery.

There were other small establishments as well serving meals.

Luckily, we found the place easily and since it’s Friday, The Lunch Lady served bun bo Hue.

It doesn’t look much but I tell you, it was really good.  I’m not that adventurous when it comes to food so I felt queasy plus it was way past my lunch time so I was really ravenous.

This is a real comfort food.  Mom was even surprised that the peanuts went so well with the broth.  Me?  I loved the wanton and the mushrooms!  I could have finished two of this!

Am not sure how much a bowl cost but this cost us less than 50kVND with our choice of drink (I ordered the coconut).  I definitely want to come back and try the other dishes!

Before we left, we of course had to have our photo taken with THE Lunch Lady.  She was busy cleaning the dishes when I came up to her to ask for a photo.  Good thing she agreed!

Find her at 23 Hoang Sa St., D1.  And if you took a photo with her, send it to her at

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