Note to Self: Stop Trying to Order American Food in Vietnam

To mix things up, we decided to rent a cheap room in a clean one-star hotel located in the heart of Saigon’s touristy backpacker district for a few days. Our first evening out with the kids, we passed by an eatery showcasing pictures of pasta and burgers. The girl specifically requested a cheeseburger for dinner and we happily complied. My mouth watered at the thought of a bacon cheeseburger with fries and a Coke. We ordered 4 burgers and they looked pretty decent when they arrived.


Major letdown. VN people really do not know how to make burgers and fries. Totally under-seasoned and the hamburger patty was disproportionately tiny in relation to the bun. And why don’t VN restaurants salt french fries?!?!

After a disappointing meal we continued down the street and, less than a block away from where we had just been eating, came across a burger bar called “Burger Crazy” which was serving a swarm of Westerners. A good classic American meal is just not in the cards for me.

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