Imagine yourself sitting on the couch watching TV with your family and suddenly, the roar of a motorbike and the music of Elvis Presley gets everyone attention. In my area of Kurashiki, the music of Elvis Presley means only one thing: pongashi.
Pongashi is a simple snack made with rice and sugar.
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Besso Coffee can be found inside the FLEX Gallery on route 180 which is also known as the Okayama Nishi By pass. It’s not in the center of the city, but it is easily accessible by car.
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Starbucks is now in Vietnam. I won’t lie to you, the first time I visited Vietnam, I could not imagine Starbucks in the streets of Ho Chi Minh. The streets are changing quickly but I still can’t figure out if it’s for the best.
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Disclaimer: I visited Marukame udon on my third visit to Ho Chi Minh. I tend to stay away from non-local food when I travel, but I simply could not resist. I did resist to try the Yoshinoya at the new HCM Aeon mall.
If you throw a rock in Japan, there is a good chance you will hit a Marugame udon shop. Just a few km from my house there are 2 or 3 shops, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw one in the center of Ho Chi Minh. Marugame became Marukame, but don’t be fool by the spelling, this is the foreign branding of the popular chain of udon restaurants.
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I moved to Japan 8 years ago and since then I have travelled a lot in Asia: I must admit that I am addicted to Bee Cheng Hiang bakkwa. Bakkwa is a dried meat with a sweet coating which is similar to beef jerky but much softer and tender.
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We visited Huynh Hoa banh mi as soon as we landed in Ho Chi Minh and we ended up going back twice during our third visit to Vietnam. Before I left Japan, I read about this place on Mark Wiens website and it was featured in my wife Japanese guide books.
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Lẩu Dê Trương Định was located 10m from the door of my appartment in Ho Chi Minh and the amazing smell won me over. This restaurant which serves goat meat was always packed . This restaurant is a short walk from the center of Ho Chi Minh and it’s a great place to mingle with the locals.
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Nishiki is an old style yakiniku shop located near Niwase station on the old route 2 (now route 162). I wanted to visit this place for a long time since it’s in the same family as Taiko, my favorite shop in Soja.
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My third visit to Ho Chi Minh was marked by the major subway construction project taking place right in the center of the city and the numerous new restaurants which had sprung up since our last visit. The Workshop was on my list of new places to visit. The new coffee shop located right in the heart of Dong Khoi street attracted a lot of attention online and I went there the first day I landed in Vietnam.
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When I saw the pictures of the Thali offered at Milenga appearing in my Facebook feed I became really curious about this new restaurant located in the Okayama Building.
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Lin Heung Tea House was really high on my list of places to visit in Hong Kong. If your idea of a great meal is a quiet little restaurant, well, stop reading now, but if you aren’t afraid to fight for your food, Lin Heung is the place for you!!
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I pretty much went straight from Hong Kong airport to Kau Kee Beef Noodles in Central.
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