HCMC Dining Guide

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving in Vietnam

Happy late Thanksgiving to readers in the U.S.! For those of you who were worried that I would be stuck eating a bowl of pho and a banh mi on the most spectacular eating day of the year, fear not! A number of Saigon's high-end hotels cater to the American expat community here by offering cooked turkeys (imported, of course, since those animals don't exist in Vietnam), along with many of the traditional sides, come Thanksgiving. You can go to the actual hotel and eat at a buffet, or you can utilize the delivery services and enjoy a feast at home. 

For the second year in a row, my house hosted a Thanksgiving potluck - we had a turkey, which came with a bottle of wine, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and sauteed green beans, delivered from the New World Hotel. Our friends that came brought macaroni and cheese, candied yams, ginger carrots, bread rolls, fruit salad, and squash soup. The only Asian touches were fried spring rolls and chopsticks; the latter of which were necessary because they don't sell plastic forks or knives at the grocery stores here. Add in a couple more bottles of wine and a couple dozen beers, and we had all the ingredients for a huge meal. Oh, nearly forgot, there were cupcakes for dessert! Everyone left completely stuffed and totally satisfied; food comas just a few minutes away. Another successful Thanksgiving on the other side of the world from America! (And to all you local Vietnamese and non-American expats in Saigon - I realize this holiday confuses you, but just go with it.)


yams and macaroni
so good!
Now, time to hear 'Last Christmas' by Wham!, the most popular Christmas song in Vietnam, about 352,324 times before December 25...


  1. Hey, as long as you had a Turkey! Happy thanksgiving :)

  2. That we did! Hope you had a good holiday!

  3. Nothing to say about the pictures but delicious, yummy, delicious!!! :-)

    Wonder if it was the Vietnam government that chose 'Last Christmas' (have been hearing this song played repeatedly at the place where I work, like yesterday, the other day, last Sat... today, too...). If yes, the gov't officer must be a George Michael fan. Long live George!