HCMC Dining Guide

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gà sân bay (Airport chicken)

Most of the world's international airports are located either in the middle of nowhere, or in suburban sprawl where the nearest place to eat is the local Applebees or Olive Garden. Saigon is a bit different, at least until the new airport is built (and who knows how long that will take). Down a short alley next to the gas station by the airport exit gate and just down from CT Plaza is Quan Chi Bang, which follows the theory that doing one thing well is the best strategy.


That one thing they do well is grilled chicken, and boy do they nail it. A huge red bucket of chicken pieces sits marinating next to a grill, and once you place your order it is cooked fresh. I went here for the second time Sunday night, and the plates loaded with wings and thighs are to die for. The chicken is succulent and fresh, and the simple seasoning is ridiculously flavorful. This goes to show that you don't need the outrageous sauces of American wings to make excellent chicken.


the damage
26 pieces of chicken and a couple of beers cost us about $6 each. Saigon is the only place I've been where you can eat delicious, local food while looking at the control tower of the city's airport. It's a little bit of a drive if you live near downtown, but it's completely worth it. And, if you're arriving in the city and you are too hungry to wait until you get into town, skip the Burger King at the international terminal and simply walk to Chi Bang. Order up a pile of chicken, and you're good to go.

4 comments:

  1. I`ll give it a try. Do you know the exact address? Thanks.

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    1. I don't, sorry, but it's hard to miss.

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  2. Lol, Mike, when I saw Ga San Bai, I seriously thought this was an entry about all the whore houses by the airport .

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    1. ha! Not the type of chicken I'm interested in.

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