Happiness at Mitau, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Mitau Ho Chi MInh City 3

Noodles, tea, and a song. All served by the nicest person you’ll ever meet.

Today is my last day in Vietnam before I fly back to Tokyo tomorrow. I’ve had a really good time on this trip – doing my own thing, wandering the streets, and eating as much local food as I can. I have some posts already scheduled ~ but I wanted to write a quick one now about a place I visited 30 minutes ago. So often when we travel, there are certain moments and experiences that stay with us for a very long time. I think this will be one of them, and my perhaps my lasting memory of Saigon.

Wanting to try a specific dish called Bún bò Huế, I asked at my hotel if they had any places they could recommend. I was pointed in the direction of a restaurant called Mitau and so off I went. Located in an alleyway off the main road, the owner was sitting outside dozing but when she saw me, bolted up and ushered me in. She was so glad to see me, explaining that she had moved premises about eight months ago and because of the move, not many people were aware of the new address. She sat down beside me and started chatting, introducing herself as Le. I seriously don’t think I’ve ever seen a person smile so much.

When I told her I lived in Japan she beamed, telling me that she loves Japan and has visited three times. She went on to explain that Japanese people who have visited her shop have become so fond of her that when she goes to Japan she meets up with them and they show her about. I can totally understand why.

Mitau Ho Chi Minh City

Le & I

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Bún bò Huế is a popular Vietnamese soup containing rice vermicelli (bún) and beef (bò). Huế is a city in central Vietnam associated with the cooking style of the former royal court. The dish is famous for its balance of spicy, sour, salty and sweet flavors – and the predominant flavor is lemongrass.

While I was eating I noticed a few guitars sitting in the corner. I asked her if she could play, and once again, with a huge smile on her face, she told me she how much she loved music and how it was her favourite hobby. She brought over a guitar and started playing Let it Be by The Beatles. How cute is this!

Little moments like this are what make travelling so worthwhile. I’m mainly writing this post simply because I want to remember the experience in years to come. But I also realise that I have followers who do actually travel in this part of the world. And so if you are ever in Ho Chi Minh, please pay Le a visit at her restaurant.

Mitau: 30/2 Hai Ba Trung St, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City (Tel: 08. 3827 2335)

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  1. Alex

    Thank you for this lovely post. I look forward to travelling in Viet Nam and this is on my list of things to see.

    I had the wonderful experience of visiting Tokyo for a month in the Fall of 2016. I met so many wonderful people. One of them was a young lady from Viet Nam whose phone had just died whilst she was navigating to a job interview. Basically, I handed over my phone and she used it to find her appointment. As I watched her walk quickly down a street towards the address, it occurred to me that it was entirely possible my phone and I were destined for separate journeys. This concern was unfounded as she handed the phone back once she got to her destination, thanked me profusely for trusting her, and in that moment, I was convinced that I had to visit Viet Nam to meet more of these friendly people.

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