Respond to Review of REMOVED: Ngoc Tho - Pham Ngu Lao Street
Review: I have just got home from 10 days holiday in Vietnam. Being a strick vegetarian (no fish sauce, animal stock, gelatine, animal rennett etc) is very difficult in Vietnam as most dishes are made with meat or fish stock or fish sauce. I had a Vietnamese phrase book and quickly learnt how to ask for REAL vegetarian food - if you don't do this, you'll end up with no meat but the stock won't be vegetarian. Quite a few of the staff in this restaurant don't speak English. They can say "Hello, Goodbye and Thank you" but that's it! They are very friendly and eager to please but I recommend taking a phrase book just in case! The food I had here was delicious and very cheap. They do "backpackers" food which I didn't try, I went with the asian dishes. The sweet corn fritters with salsa, bitter green melon & egg stir fry, rice with egg and mushroom & some other black bean dish in a clay pot with a chilli (hot) sauce were all really good - even my meat eating boyfriend really loved the food and the great flavours. I had some really awful food while I was in Vietnam - by the end of my trip I was totally over steamed or stir fried veges with soya sauce. We went to this restaurant on our last night in Vietnam and it was so good - I wish all the food I had was this good. It only cost 170,000VND for all of the dishes we had and a few drinks. This is about $12AUD which is very cheap for such good food. The actual restaurant is very basic looking out onto a narrow side street in the backpacker area in Sai Gon... There's the usual dog sleeping under the dining tables and ladies from the streets coming in trying to sell you books or wallets but don't let this stop you trying the food. If you're after a romantic dinner then this isn't the place to go but for good cheap vege food it is excellent!