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The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh)

23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 93 388 79 22
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good26%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“soup” (111 reviews)
“noodles” (71 reviews)
“spring rolls” (83 reviews)
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Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Upon exiting the GrabCar, we were greeted with a kind and friendly smile. Our table was immediately set up with food from The Lunch Lady and surrounding stalls - respect the hustle. Food was great, service was good and even purchased a signed copy of...More

Thank Melissa C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve had a similar experience. Very predatory for tourists. No prices written anywhere. Food was not great.

Thank Sandeep K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We sat down and they just brought us loads of random foods which was ok as we were starving. We were there on the day where you get the Thai Styled broth & it was AMAZING so delicious. Definitely will be back!

Thank Kylieeilyk84
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although the food was good, felt it was a bit pricy. Let me break it down the battered shrimp cost 80,000 as did the egg rolls when the main dish only cost 50,000. Our bill although in terms of what we are accustomed to paying...More

Thank Enrique S
Reviewed 15 March 2018

This is a simple streetside restaurant and not for everyone, but if you want an iconic Vietnamese meal, go on down and give this lady a go. Each meal provides a variety of course's, hot spring rolls, Vietnamese prawn/pork rolls, daily soup variety and more....More

Thank Ray K
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Came to try the food here after watching Mark Weins video. Paid a total of $260K Vietnamese Dong for two bowls of noodles, 3 pieces of the round prawn fritter, 4 fried spring rolls and 2 ricepaper roll (bland!). Totally not worth it! But to...More

1  Thank gladys_the_menace
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

If you find yourself in District 1 near the Saigon Zoo on Hoang Sa, you must visit the Lunch Lady. This place is a block south of Hoang Sa in a bit of a courtyard area with several restaurants and street food vendors close by....More

Thank RobCurrie
Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

My first time in HCMC and saw this on tv and bloggers site . Had the yellow noodle soup with pork and shrimp . The food was ok . I probably will not go back . The experience was interesting since it was my first...More

Thank samantha p
Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

Fun place to eat about 15 minute walk from the Zoo and Botanical Gardens. We had an assortment of dishes including fresh spring rolls, seafood fried spring rolls, shrimp tempura and Bun Thit Nurong the special for Thursday. Very delicious and filling; my wife and...More

Thank sweetlou27
Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Just as others have written, they’ll scam you for all you have, had to pay 220.000 vnd cus they gave us food we didnt order. Soup was very good but other things where not. Only went here becausd of everything good Ive heard and read...More

2  Thank KimOlsson
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Questions & Answers
18 April 2018|
Response from Ibai B | Reviewed this property |
She basically stays there all day long. I went by morning, around 11a.m. and she was there already. When I passed by again in the afternoon, around 7p.m., there she was again. Ask for the price first because the food is... More
18 April 2018|
Response from Enrique S | Reviewed this property |
Not sure we went around 1 pm
Sean L
11 June 2017|
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Response from viewsfromawayfarer | Reviewed this property |
yes, open on Sundays (at least when I was there)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 93 388 79 22
It's the best hawker/food stall in ho chi minh city!
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