HCMC Dining Guide

Monday, January 28, 2013

Great success!

Last night turned into a Chinese food-venture with my previously mentioned friends Mike and Vi. We were going off of a recommendation in the magazine I write for, and it was spot on. Located down an utterly nondescript hem, Tiem Com Truyen Ky is the type of place you would never find without knowing about it beforehand.

The simple restaurant is located on the second floor of a building, and it is obviously popular - waiters were running around like crazy, and customers actually had to wait for tables, which never happens here.
We got seafood fried rice; some sort of sauteed shrimp/vegetable dish; hu qua ca ot, tofu stuffed with meat and dipped in a marinated fish paste; and trung ba mau, an omelet consisting of duck, salted and century eggs. I had never had eggs or tofu prepared quite like this, and both dishes were fantastic. I could eat several plates of the tofu. The food served here apparently originated in Fujian and Guangdong provinces in southeast China. The total bill, including three beers, was just over VND400,000, or $20. More than your average place, but still pretty reasonable.

Tiem Com Truyen Ky is located at 39/20 Ly Thuong Kiet St., D11. To get there head down Hung Vuong away from town and take the first right past Hung Vuong Plaza, that is Ly Thuong Kiet. Go down a few blocks, hem 39 is on the left, there's a sign for the restaurant by the street. Go 30 meters down the alley and you'll see parking, the restaurant is on the right up the stairs.


  1. great to see good food spots outside the tourist ghetto. keep on posting further food trips. can`t wait to get to saigon again.
    thanks, mike.

    1. I will certainly be posting more, expect another one on Sunday.

  2. This place is the shit. Next time try the salty steamed chicken and the fried pigs intestine.

    1. What are those called in Vietnamese? I could probably figure it out but would be nice to know for sure.

  3. Salty steam chicken= Ga hap muoi

    Fried pigs intestine: Ruot heo chien gion