Jun 09 2013

Review: Hoang Ty, Ho Chi Minh City

Published by at 10:55 am under Saigon street food

Saigon has a quite a few street food-style restaurants with great reputations, such as Hoang Ty, which stands out for a few dishes: banh canh in the mornings, morphing into banh trang dishes from lunch-time onwards.

A fancy street food joint because it has light up letters.

Fancy street food joint — neon! 

While the restaurant has a thick menu, featuring a version of most southern dishes, banh canh is what you should go for to kickstart your day. Banh canh is a light broth over thick noodles, served with thin slices of pork plus perhaps shrimp, crab or even fish balls. At the restaurant they’ll serve the soup with a big plate of veggies along with some fish sauce. As morning soups go, the price is in line with other street soups, with a bowl at Hoang Ty starting around 30,000 VND.

Chairs with backs, unbelievable.

Chairs with backs, unbelievable.

For lunch and dinner, the focus of the restaurant changes to banh trang dishes. Banh trang refers to the rice paper used to make a variety of wraps and some claim Hoang Ty is “the place” to visit if you want to try banh trang. This may be because they make their own rice paper, which is a bit thicker than what you normally see, or because they sell big plates of meat for you to put inside the paper.

All the fixings.

All the fixings.

Whatever the reason, you can’t go wrong ordering some. At Hoang Ty you’ll have an entire page of meats to choose from, the most popular being beef thigh and boiled pork. Along with your meat you’ll get a huge plate of greens along with pickled carrots, cucumbers, bean sprouts and fish sauce.  Expect a big plate of meat and all your fixings to cost around 200,000 VND but be enough food for two.

A big plate of meat.

A big plate of meat.

Both morning and night the restaurant is buzzing, as it has a solid local reputation for both its signature dishes. There are plenty of seats available, although you may have to share your table if you’re with a smaller group. If you want to miss the crowds head in at quieter times like 10:00 to 11:00 and 14:00 to 16:00, when fewer people eat. If you’re worried about eating from a local establishment, although you shouldn’t be, the corporate version of Hoang Ty would be Wrap & Roll, which has several locations across the city.

The street address makes it seem like Hoang Ty may be outside of downtown but it basically sits a block away from the border of District 1 and isn’t much of walk from some of the city’s more popular sites, like the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. As street food style restaurants go, Hoang Ty is a nicer spot. Cleaner than your standard hole-in-the-wall, the restaurant has metal tables and chairs with backs, a luxury in the street food game. It’s well lit at night and has enough fans to keep it cool during the hot afternoon.

Hoang Ty
70-72 Vo Van Tan, District 3
T: (08) 3993 0521
Daily 07:00-22:00

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