Mam Bac, District 1

HO CHI MINH CITY | Mam Bac is one of a few restaurants owned by the Comnieu Saigon group, that offers a good introduction to Vietnamese food to those who visit. We visited after walking past while hungry and noticing that the casual, simple place was busy with locals.

The menu features a cross section of Vietnamese favourites like Pho, Bun Cha, and Com Tam. We asked our waiter what his favourite thing on the menu was and he told us to order the Bun Cha. It’s one of our favourite Vietnamese dishes, so we were happy to go with the recommendation, despite it being a dish more commonly associated with its birthplace, Hanoi. A look around at what the other diners were eating confirmed that Bun Cha was a popular choice here.

For those who aren’t aware, Bun Cha features grilled fatty pork served over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce. The version at Mam Bac hit the spot – generous servings, well balanced dipping sauce, and nicely charred pork. Washed down with a Vietnamese coffee, we were recharged and ready to continue our day. A great option if you find yourself in this part of town.

Mam Bac

94 Hồ Tùng Mậu
District 1
Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone: +84 3821 8089
E-mail: n/a

Mon – Sun: 7:00am to 11:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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