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The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh)

23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 93 388 79 22
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good26%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“soup” (111 reviews)
“noodles” (71 reviews)
“spring rolls” (83 reviews)
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Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The broth in the bowl of noodle soup is good. Not the best I’ve had but still tasty. Definitely make them take back the spring rolls and prawn fritters. We had to ask them about 4-5 times to take them away. They looked cold and...More

Thank Grace_Myth007
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

when we decided to get a cab and try to catch a late lunch at the lunch lady it was already 2 pm. we knew it would take as around 20 minutes in the busy traffic and so we decided to disregard the fact we...More

Thank hana d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I guess you have to try it for the experience. The Lunch Lady is kind of hard to find as she is off the beaten path. Once you're in the area, she's easily found thanks to a large "the Lunch Lady" sign. I was kind...More

Thank out2explore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t know how this place got the honor they don’t deserve! Certainly overcharge all tourist, dishonest and treat customers terribly when it comes to serving what they force on customers ! Will not recommend ! Bad! Bad! Bad!

1  Thank Lisapoy
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Upon exiting the GrabCar, we were greeted with a kind and friendly smile. Our table was immediately set up with food from The Lunch Lady and surrounding stalls - respect the hustle. Food was great, service was good and even purchased a signed copy of...More

Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I’ve had a similar experience. Very predatory for tourists. No prices written anywhere. Food was not great.

Thank Sandeep K
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We sat down and they just brought us loads of random foods which was ok as we were starving. We were there on the day where you get the Thai Styled broth & it was AMAZING so delicious. Definitely will be back!

Thank Kylieeilyk84
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Although the food was good, felt it was a bit pricy. Let me break it down the battered shrimp cost 80,000 as did the egg rolls when the main dish only cost 50,000. Our bill although in terms of what we are accustomed to paying...More

Thank Enrique S
Reviewed 15 March 2018

This is a simple streetside restaurant and not for everyone, but if you want an iconic Vietnamese meal, go on down and give this lady a go. Each meal provides a variety of course's, hot spring rolls, Vietnamese prawn/pork rolls, daily soup variety and more....More

Thank Ray K
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Came to try the food here after watching Mark Weins video. Paid a total of $260K Vietnamese Dong for two bowls of noodles, 3 pieces of the round prawn fritter, 4 fried spring rolls and 2 ricepaper roll (bland!). Totally not worth it! But to...More

1  Thank gladys_the_menace
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18 April 2018|
Response from Ibai B | Reviewed this property |
She basically stays there all day long. I went by morning, around 11a.m. and she was there already. When I passed by again in the afternoon, around 7p.m., there she was again. Ask for the price first because the food is... More
18 April 2018|
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Response from Hana Š | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it has been already some time we were there, but I believe she serves until 4 pm.
Sean L
11 June 2017|
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Response from viewsfromawayfarer | Reviewed this property |
yes, open on Sundays (at least when I was there)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 93 388 79 22
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