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The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh)

23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1 (Quan 1), Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good27%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible8%
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“soup” (108 reviews)
“noodles” (68 reviews)
“spring rolls” (82 reviews)
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Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1 (Quan 1), Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I went on a Saturday and there was no rush. I got a table easily and then she started putting plates of food on my table. The moment she put the soup on my table, I knew that I wouldn't be able to finish it....More

Thank appu S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The place milks the fact lots of tourists go there because of food bloggers etc. They charge tourists extra, calling them "special bowl". We had bun bo hue, and got the special bowl, which we were charged extra and missing ingredients, such as pig trotter,...More

Thank Howard L
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh) Ho Chi Minh City Tourist rip off Fooled by a YouTube post: /watch?v=v7v6zSqe5ro. Spring rolls were fried a million times before being served to us. Maybe recycled The other fried item with a tiny shrimp inside was cold. The...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited lunch lady with the family and really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. When the bill came I realised I had no cash and one of the guys serving doubled me on his scooter to the ATM. I know it was in his interest...More

Thank Simon H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing this place reviewed on a Youtube travel show (Overnight City Guide), we decided to come here for lunch and are incredibly glad we did. For less than £10 in total, we shared spring rolls, summer rolls, prawn fritters and a bowl of pho...More

Thank TheOExpress
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is a little hard to find, but we found it using google maps. We walked here after visiting the Jade Emperor Temple. It is quite near the Saigon Zoo. We just ordered whatever the lady was offering for that day. We had to...More

Thank PaulSiow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a range of reasons many western people travelling in Asia often avoid street food. However, we had seen the lunch lady on a foodies TV show and we asked our guides to take us there. There is no menu, the Lunch Lady simply makes...More

1  Thank Gary C
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Went there alone on Wednesday afternoon, hand signalled to her for 1 person. Took my seat and they started to pile my table with food such as spring roll etc. Had to tell them to take back some of the items as it was too...More

Thank JasonJHG
Reviewed 22 August 2017

I took a taxi and still had to ask around in the small street to find her. Raining HARD. Indicated I was alone and sat down, they brought shrimp fritter, ok, egg roll, ok, spring roll, I said NO. I ended up having the noodle...More

Thank soe494
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

It's a waste of money and time. There are plenty of good food in hcmc. Apparently she got famous because of Bourdain. But, food was not good. She's not accommodating at all. I warn you.

1  Thank Ruel V
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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)
Sean L
11 June 2017|
Response from csh68 | Reviewed this property |
one of the photos shared by another reviewer shows a namecard stating what is served each day, which includes Sunday. not sure abt operating hours but my guess is brunch till late lunch.
Grandy S
28 April 2017|
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Response from Loveforgoodfood | Reviewed this property |
They are only open for lunch.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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 (Quan 1), Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
It's the best hawker/food stall in ho chi minh city!
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