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The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh)

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23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1 (Quan 1), Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food is great---fresh ingredients & tastes fab BUT, all these things are true: dishes are washed in buckets, food is constantly brought to you that you did not order--since you are not sure what you are ordering, it can be a problem & dirt abounds in the roads. We were with a "tours by locals" & this still happened to... More 

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Thank RAMDowntownChicago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very tasty rich seafood broth. A little sweet & sour pungent broth with lemongrass, onions and some chili that goes very well with noodles and lots of fresh prawns, fish and squid. It is also serve with a plate of fresh herbs and vegs. While waiting for the noodles to be cook, side dishes such as spring rolls, fried prawns... More 

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Thank Loveforgoodfood
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Because of Anthony Bourdain and Mark Weins we had to try this place. It was a bit out of the way but easy to find. We sat down, immediately people dropped some spring rolls and some kind of fried things on our table. No idea what they cost or if we even wanted them. We each got a bowl of... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our pho at Lunch Lady as soup very flavorful but not all perfect. Tables are very low and require you to hunch over but it's all part of the atmosphere. But what we really didn't like was being charged more (probably a third more) for our meal. No listed prices so l'd recommend to confirm prices first before... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

With all the hype and review , we went to check it out , oh my it's a small street vendor , dirty place , with lots of flies flying around the place where they prepare your dish , don't believe go see for urself , went saw and left !

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Thank Jnex
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Lunch Lady is quite popular to both locals and tourists alike. We went there on a Sunday around 1pm and she served a delicious savory pork noodle soup along with two dishes, fried shrimp 🍤 and fried spring rolls! Some chili sauce and chili paste, and a bit of lemon basil 🌿. Plus, lime and red chilis and you... More 

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Thank Viva D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is incredible! They seat you and everything starts coming. That is, the set meal for the day. There was no menu, no ordering (except beer) and food was placed on table within minutes. That's efficiency. The cost - so cheap especially for what you get. The set menu of pho soup (with bbq pork & shrimp), 3 spring... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were out for a morning coffee and stumbled on the Lunch Lady ..it was just round the corner from our Airbnb. They called us as we walked past and as they were rhe only ones that did we sat down and no sooner than we sat that food appeared. We were asked did we want two bowls and I... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were advised to find the Lunch Lady. It was not easy as we were walking from the city center in 34 degrees with our kid but the atmosphere and the food there and the famous Lunch Lady talking with us were really worth. We recomend this place for lunch. You are getting on a table all the dishes of... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The place is a tourist trap. Only tourist are seen in this place and food is just par standard and for 70K a bowl of noodles and 10K for a piece of spring roll it is just pure exorbitant. Keep walking around the area to find stalls with the price listed for a much authentic taste of Saigon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1 (Quan 1), Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
Description
It's the best hawker/food stall in ho chi minh city!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?