Khai Minh 2

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105B Ngo Quyen, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Its 2nd location. Emphasis is on food made with heirloom red rice including pancakes, noodles, tea, desserts, and crackers. No added sugar. Also sells macrobiotic packaged food and books. English menu. Previously at 29 Ngo Quyen. Open Mon-Sun 6:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Macrobiotic, Organic, Take-out, Vietnamese

11 Reviews

First Review by little.thu

Best in Saigon - Edit

Healthy vegan food !
Not like other chay places which are full of mockmeats, this Khai Minh restaurant made me feel happy and have no worries about msg in my food. 5 stars!

Pros: Nice staff , No msg , Healthy

Cons: None

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Peacefull place with red rice sets! - Edit

Special set menus with organic red rice. The tofu ham and pineapple hot pot was delicious. Peaceful atmosphere, inspired by Buddhism. Worth seeking out this place.

Pros: inexpensive, tasty, friendly service

Cons: fairly limited dishes for vegetarian

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love the red rice noodles and tea - Edit

Fantastic red rice and rice noodles. Loved it and the tea was delicious too

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Yummy red rice everything! - Edit

A nice place that has a restaurant and a small shop attached. The speciality here is red rice so the spring rolls have red rice paper wrappers and red/brown rice noodles inside, and the noodle soups all have red rice noodles rather than white. Yummy food though limited options at lunch; the menu was v. extensive but only 2 or 3 things on each page were on offer (although each page had 8-10 things listed). Nice food and peaceful ambience. Shop sells rice cakes and puffed rice etc., which are cheap and YUM.

Pros: Nice ambience, Love the red rice, Cool that you can buy goods to take away, too

Cons: Lots of things unavailable

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Healthy and happy - Edit

One of cheapest places in town serving whole grain brown rice. The menu states that rice and vegetables are grown pesticide free.

The portion sizes are small, but the low priced menu allows you to order a few dishes. Everything is under 40k.

Has the same menu as its other location, but some dishes are prepared a bit differently.

It's a great healthy option. Simple, but tastes good.

Most of their ingredients items are also for sale on the shelves that line the restaurant. Rice, noodles, sauces, sesame seeds etc.

Pros: Simple, Good value

Cons: .

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Good variety to choose from - Edit

I only went here for a snack, but was impressed by the range - lots of different dishes, almost all of them for 30,000 or less and all vegan. I ordered two tiny, rice-based banana cakes and a tea - only 16,000!

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Delivers on its promise - Edit

Uncomplicated, healthy macrobiotic food. Quality seems good and all well prepared.

We had sushi, Pho, Breadfruit (especially tasty) and sautéed vegetables.

Good value - all dishes are $1.00-$1.50 each.

Menu now also in English (some older reviews imply it didn't used to be).

Pretty easy to find - right at the intersection and a big sign facing the road. $2 in a taxi from our hotel.

Staff helpful, although limited English when we went - point and smile worked just fine.

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Had a better experience at Khai Minh 1 - Edit

Maybe it's because I was really hungry by the time I arrived at Khai Minh 2, but my experience on the whole was quite underwhelming. It took a while for anyone to notice I was there and they were all out of My Quang and the other noodle dishes, which was quite disappointing. So the waitress suggested I get one of the rice dish sets....I was highly disappointed - the portion sizes were so small and rather bland (see pic uploaded). It's probably because I am not used to the principles of the Oshawa (I think that's what it was called?) diet these lunch sets follow, but nevertheless I wasn't too impressed. I really love Khai Minh 1 in Binh Tanh district and had much more favourable experiences there, so probably won't be going back to Khai Minh 2.

Pros: Macrobiotic, Sells products too, Inexpensive

Cons: Most menu items weren't available , Rice lunch sets - small portions

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Mostly Vegetarian

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A real cut above any vegan restaurant in Saigon - Edit

Quan Luc Khai Minh knows what hollistic means.

Delicious.
Super healthy, food as a medicine.
No sugar/MSG/additives.
100% organic food.
Super friendly.
Family-run, homemade.
Cheap. (1-2$/meal, 0.5$ for tea kettle of cereal milk (worth a try)).

There's simply no other places like it that I can think of in Vietnam. Come and try the macrobiotic diet. We are what we eat !

This is the first of two shops, it is (very) slightly more expensive than the one in Binh thanh (http://www.happycow.net/reviews/khai-minh-1-ho-chi-minh-city-43825) but the decoration is nicer. The owner is fluent English, which is also a plus !

Pros: Super friendly, Healthy cheap and delicious, Fluent english if owner is here

Cons: Might be a bit hard to spot

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Unique spot outside of the center - Edit

A bit of a trek to get to, but the map is accurate and it's possible to walk from the center (around 30 minutes). They pride themselves on healthy, organic, macrobiotic selections. Menu is in Viet but the owner is patient and very happy to see foreigners. Try their pho; very different from the norm, with caramelized onions, and dark, whole noodles. They also sell tasty whole-grain rice snacks and other macro supplies.

Opens at 6 a.m. every day, the neighborhood is great to wander through in the early morning before it gets too hectic. When I was there, they were playing selections from Khanh Ly's Sonca albums, which made the pleasant atmosphere even nicer.

Pros: Macrobiotic, Friendly, Cheap

Cons: No English on menu, Far from center, A bit bland by design

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Macrobiotic food - Edit

Same menu with Khai Minh 1. They're brothers.
The restaurant is in the corner of Ngo Quyen-Dao Duy Tu street, dist.10. They can deliver to you, but you have to pay the xe om's charge.

Pros: cheap, delicious, healthy, delivery

Cons: time-consuming because the food will, be prepared when you order.

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