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A small restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City serves a variety of dishes with the meat of two popular fowls

A dish of goi vit (duck salad) is best when eaten with a bowl of rice porridge / PHOTOS: TAN NHAN

Duck and chicken meat are common toppings for bun (rice vermicelli), mien (glass noodle), chao (rice porridge), and goi (salad) dishes in HCMC, whether they are made at home or in eateries outside.

But, unlike their chicken cousins, sellers of dishes with duck meat are not as easy to find, because ducks are more expensive and quite difficult to cook, especially to get rid of its strong smell.

Founded more than 20 years ago, a little restaurant located near the Big C Supermarket in District 10 is undoubtedly one of the city's most famous sellers of dishes serving both meats, including hu tieu (rice noodle) and mi (yellow noodle).

Although its chicken meat is hailed by many fans, most customers order dishes with duck for its moderately tough meat and not too thick skin, and thus not very fatty.

One of the best ways to enjoy the dishes is to order a big salad dish (usually for two people) with duck or chicken.


343/2 To Hien Thanh Street, Ward 12, District 10

Open hours: 3 p.m. 11 p.m.

Prices: Goi vit (duck salad) (VND80,000/dish), add-on chao (VND12,000/bowl), bun and mien vit (VND35,000/bowl)

The salad can be shredded cabbages or banana flowers topped with the chosen meat, sliced dill and fried shredded scallions. Well mixed with vinegar, the vegetables are both crispy and chewy and have a slight sour taste.

You can eat the salad with bun, mien or chao (without meat).

Another choice is order a bowl of bun or mien with duck or chicken and bamboo sprouts. The soup is slightly sweet and the sprouts have developed quite a strong flavor after being cooked in the soup for long.

Whatever dish you order, do not forget to use the dipping sauce - fish sauce mixed with sugar, lime juice, ginger, and chili.

The slight spiciness from the chili and ginger along with the hot soup make the dish a favored one during the year-end chilly weather.

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