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The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh)

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23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1 (Quan 1), Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The place is a tourist trap. Only tourist are seen in this place and food is just par standard and for 70K a bowl of noodles and 10K for a piece of spring roll it is just pure exorbitant. Keep walking around the area to find stalls with the price listed for a much authentic taste of Saigon

Thank GunnerXL
Hamilton, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We travelled out of our way to eat at the Lunch lady, sadly we disappointed. The food is Vietnam is amazing but I think this stand has gotten so much attention to cooking has gone downhill and all the attention is on making money. Within a minute of sitting down they start running plates of food over to your table,... More 

Thank travelling_beauty27
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In general, any place whether it is a food stall or a restaurant that got paid a visit by Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern instantly becomes a meca for foodies, an ATM overnight. Unfortunately, this Lunch (Noodle) Lady does not know how to take the profit and re-invest into the lunch spot that she has. The place is dirty and... More 

Thank A P
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is out of the way a bit dirty and no menu. We sat down got served with the food...Limited English so was hard to communicate. I wouldn't visit here again and if you have limited time on your travel you won't be missing out if you skip this place.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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68 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overrated. Had Hu Tieu noodle and did not order combo but They put so many rolls and stuffs opn your table. Broth for Hu Tieu s NOT tasty and very sweet. A lot of trash under the table I never come back

Thank Followthesun1946
Oxford, Ohio
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147 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went there for the experience and I thought the food was overrated. You don't order the food, it has daily specials and they bring you the food. We had crab noodle soup, spring rolls and some fried thing, everything seemed oily. The place is kind of dirty all around us. The staff are not that friendly and helpful. I... More 

Thank MTR5959
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Was on the day they serve beef pho, was good but not too extraordinary, since this is a pho country. Also i dont like they serve automatically (when we sit down) with side dishes without we even ordering, bit feel forced.

Thank lisayahanc
San Francisco, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Soup was good, food was decent, but way overpriced for this type of street food. This is more catered to foreigners that don't know anything. I paid about the same price to eat at a legitimate restaurant with a table full of food and real tables, chairs, and bathrooms. Minus one star for price for what it is and minus... More 

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33 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Very speedy delivery of food . Much hyped place. Good crowd is there. If you order noodles soup , they place some more dishes in plates without asking you. So you can tell clearly you don't need any dishes. Otherwise it's cheap . But taste is also OK . Not much extraordinary. Anyway once visit place..

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Came here during peak of lunch rush but was seated and served immediately. It was a Wednesday when Mi Ga Tiem (chicken stew egg noodle soup) was being served. Deep broth, hearty portion, delicious. They did give me the deep fried springs rolls which I didn't order but still kept cause how could you say no?

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1 (Quan 1), Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
It's the best hawker/food stall in ho chi minh city!

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