Marukame Udon in Vietnam

DisclaimerI 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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The Workshop, Ho Chi Minh

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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Eating Vietnam, Dispatches from a Blue Plastic Table BOOK REVIEW

By Luc Gougeon

As I recently came back from my third trip to Vietnam, I read Graham Holliday’s Eating Vietnam with a certain amount of street food nostalgia. If you never been to Vietnam, you need to read this book, if you have been, read it anyway.

Picture from Harper Collins

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