122/37/15 Vinh Khanh, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
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Tucked away down a sidestreet of a sidestreet in District 4 – cross the Khanh Hoi Bridge to Nguyen Tat Thanh, take a right onto Ton Dan and then another right onto Vinh Khanh – and you’ll spot what's obviously a sushi street stall. Instead of your standard plastic stools in front of a mobile cooking station, here you’ll have wooden tables and chairs spread out in front of a clean looking sushi bar. Paper lanterns add a festive Japanese air, but forget air-con and be prepared for the usual streetside noise.
A visit to Sushi Ko will have you tucking into some of the best sushi in HCMC. The quality of fish is just as good as what you’ll find at competing sushi restaurants in the city and, even though the restaurant lacks walls, they do have adequate refrigeration — an obvious food safety concern when you’re eating on the streets of Southeast Asia.
The menu here is thick, particularly for a street stall, and you can find pretty much anything you’d normally get from a sushi restaurant. We can recommend their sashimi: for example the 88,000 VND salmon sashimi is tender, fresh and tasty. We’d happily go again too with the 128,000 VND assorted sushi bento box which comes with more than a dozenpieces of fresh street sushi goodness.
Although this is the Rolls-Royce of Saigon street stands, the lack of walls helps keep overheads down and savings are passed on to the customer. Compared to the more established sushi chains in the city like Sushi Bar or Tokyo Deli, Sushi Ko prices are around 10 to 25 percent lower, with equal or slightly larger portion sizes.
Sushi Ko also delivers to most anywhere in Districts 1 and 4 or you can order your food for pickup. If you’re worried about the raw-fish-on-the-streets aspect, we can tell you we’ve eaten there a bunch of times — and remain alive and kicking.
By Max Murta
Last updated on 7th July, 2014.