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Popular with expats in the know, this quirky spot directly on the train tracks won't be for everyone, but those who like it, will love it. A wide range of delicious Vietnamese cuisine is cooked to order by the eccentric owner-chef who ferments her own rice wine: it's strong and delicious.
Styled after a government-run food shop from the impoverished period after 1976, Mâu Dich 37 is a unique exercise in nostalgia. Waiters are dressed as state workers, and diners queue to 'purchase' coupons that can be exchanged for food. The menu focuses on robust northern flavours, and features a few challenging dishes like braised frog and snails with ginger leaves.
An interesting spot for cuisine from the Hmong, Muong and Thai ethnic minorities – try the grilled chicken with wild pepper – traditional Vietnamese ruou (wine) made from apricots or apples, and more challenging snacks like grilled ants' eggs and crickets. If insects aren't your thing, it's still a fun night sitting at the low tables eating excellent Vietnamese dishes.
Clean and tidy New Day attracts locals, expats and travellers with its broad menu. The eager staff always find space for new diners, so look forward to sharing a table with some like-minded fans of Vietnamese food.