All posts tagged: Vietnam

Mui ne desert

Quiet Haven / Mui Ne, Vietnam

Deserts and beaches in the same location – who would have thought? Now there isn’t a need to travel to the Middle East just to admire the deserts. Vietnam is much closer. A 5-hour train ride from the bustling city of Ho Chin Minh (Saigon) to Mui Ne is an escape to a much quieter and serene location. It’s 4am and we’re up, albeit groggy from a lack of sleep from the previous night. Our time in Mui Ne started as soon as we gathered our things and hopped on the tour jeep that our hotel had booked for us. The wind was flowing through our hair as our jeep made its way to the White Sand Dunes, the first pit stop of our 4-hour tour. There are actually 2 sand dune areas the tour offers among its other attractions. The first orange-hued sunrise rays kissed the sand dunes as we stepped out of the jeep. It slowly rose as we made our way to edge of the slope. Looking out, there was a vast …

vietname spring roll

Vietnamese Spring Rolls With Crispy Tofu

Fresh, light, and healthy, these Vietnamese spring rolls make for a delectable addition to any meal. Let our recipe guide you in making this satisfyingly flavorful dish. (Makes 8 rolls / 40 mins) Ingredients: 16 large raw prawns 1 block of rice vermicelli (or one pack of fresh rice vermicelli aka “thick bee hoon”) 8 ounces extra firm tofu, cut into small rectangles fresh herbs: mint, Thai basil, and cilantro 1 carrot, peeled and grated (or cut into very thin strips) 1/2 medium cucumber, cut into thin strips 1 head butterhead lettuce 2 Chinese chives, cut into 7cm lengths 8 rice paper wrappers For the dipping sauce: 4 tbsp warm water 1 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp fish sauce 1 tsp lime juice 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 bird’s eye chili, finely sliced Directions: 1. Heat the oil on medium/high in a heavy, non-stick frying pan. Add the tofu, fry for 5 minutes or so on each side until brown and crispy. 2. Bring a small pan of water to boil and add the prawns, turn …


L’Usine / Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

A must-try when you visit Ho Chi Minh City, L’Usine is a French-inspired cafe and retail store that is a real surprise. Equal parts fashion boutique, creative space, and excellent spot for brunch and downtime, L’Usine stocks uniquely-designed clothing, accessories, housewares, stationery, whimsical vintage items, and fresh cupcakes. Their Vietnamese coffee is highly-recommended as most locals and tourists order this to go with their pastries. Located in an 1890s building that was restored to its original splendour, one cannot help but admire the high ceilings, oversized arched windows, ornate iron columns, and enticing fixtures. L’Usine’s elegant savvy space is well worth it to be included in your city itinerary. 151 Đồng Khởi, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam; +84 (0)8 6674 356; Words by Evita Limlengco Photography by Franz Navarrete


Nosbyn / Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Established in 2013 by designer Nancy Le, Nosbyn specialises in womenswear that can be effortlessly mixed-and-matched with other pieces. This minimalist, light-filled shop in Ho Chi Minh City carries simple and free size clothing items with character that is easy to love. The shop itself boasts of clean lines and classic decor details pleasing to the eye. From its white draperies, beige display blocks, and lively green plants, to the soothing music in the background, Nosbyn exudes a notable, relaxed charm. 3A Ton Duc Thang, District 1, +84 (0)8 6681 3185; Words by  Evita Limlengco Photography by Franz Navarrete