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Banh Da Cua Di Ly, Saigon

| 04 Jul 2017


Banh Da Cua Di Ly, Saigon
Upstairs, 103 Dong Khoi St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Lunch and dinner


Price guide: $$

Our rating
04 Jul 2017

The underrated flavours of the northern port city of Haiphong in a friendly, family run, downtown space. Special flavours. Good value.

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The culinary specialties of Vietnam’s northern port city of Haiphong haven’t received much attention. This place might singlehandedly change that. Everything we’ve tried is delicious - and well priced too.  The signature dish, a noodle soup called banh da cua, is a sensation - and there’s plenty more deliciousness on the menu

Banh Da Cua Di Ly is a family affair.  Di Ly (auntie Ly) is the boss and takes care of the flavours. Her friendly hubby, Minh, does a great job making everybody feel welcome. 

I’m guessing their daughter took care of the bright, modern interiors.

It’s packed at lunchtime with local office workers but clears quickly.

Rusty Compass recommendations are always independent. We list the places we think you should know about. That’s it. We’ve paid our way on all visits to Di Ly’s and no inducement was received for this recommendation.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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