The Ben Thanh market is a great amalgamation of the energy of the city, all under one large tin roof. The market is broken down into sections, each of which has dozens of stalls selling similar wares. One part is buzzing with fresh meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables, food and coffee stands crowd another part, tourist knick-knacks comprise another area, and all manner of fabrics, toys, and home goods populate the rest of the market. At night the streets outside the covered market turn into a bustling outdoor street fair, replete with portable food stalls, ironic t-shirts, and any other item you might want to buy.
A friend living in HCMC city recommended Cuc Gach Quan for dinner and it was a wonderful oasis within the city. Set in a converted French home with a central courtyard, the food is traditional Vietnamese country food, cooked with fresh and natural ingredients and bursting with flavor. I especially loved the homemade tofo, fried on the outside and custardy rich on the inside.
It has been a fun and frenetic 36 hours in HCMC!Additional information:
Cuc Gach Quan Restaurant
10 Dang Tat | Ward Tan Dinh, Ho Chi Minh City District 1, Vietnam