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2024 Michelin Guide reveals Bib Gourmand selection for Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, June 21, 2024, 10:46 GMT+7
2024 Michelin Guide reveals Bib Gourmand selection for Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
'Bánh xèo' (Vietnamese sizzling crepes) are being cooked at Bánh Xèo 46A in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Dong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre News

One week prior to the full release of the 2024 Michelin Guide Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, Michelin revealed this year’s Bib Gourmand list for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

In the second edition of the Michelin Guide in Vietnam, the Bib Gourmand selection for the two cities features a total of 42 establishments, including 18 eateries in Hanoi and 24 in Ho Chi Minh City, Michelin said in a press release on Wednesday.

This illustrates a significant increase, compared to 29 entries in the inaugural edition last year. 

This list also sees five new restaurants in Hanoi and eight new establishments in Ho Chi Minh City this year.

Within the Michelin Guide restaurant selection, the 'value-for-money award' of Bib Gourmand highlights the best value-for-money restaurants that stand out for their good quality and good value cooking. 

Therefore, Bib Gourmand restaurants are much followed by those users of the Guide who are seeking affordable meals without compromising on quality or flavor.

“With no less than 13 restaurants newly receiving a Bib Gourmand in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City this year, our 2024 selection is an invitation sent to every gourmet to discover the charm, quality, and endless diversity of Vietnamese cuisine,” said Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides.

“Historical or a bit more modern, highly rooted in the tradition or much more innovative, these restaurants our inspectors loved discovering and adding to the Bib Gourmand selection are the guarantee to enjoy authentic culinary experiences at a moderate, attractive price and to discover Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City lifestyles through one of their most important assets.”

Seven types of cuisines

In total, the 2024 Bib Gourmand selection for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City encompasses seven cuisine types including Vietnamese, noodles, European contemporary, street food, vegetarian, Cantonese, and Latin American. 

“This is a testament to both cities’ vibrant culinary scene, where different good-quality cuisine is available at affordable prices”, Michelin emphasized in the press release.

In Hanoi, the five new entrants making it to the Bib Gourmand list are:

Bún Chả Chan, a small bún chả shop operating for over ten years, serving not only the typical caramelized pork meatballs on rice vermicelli, with a tangy, sweet broth, but also offering grilled pork belly or minced beef in betel leaves as options.

Luk Lak, a restaurant serving traditional Vietnamese fare with unique character, such as Sa Pa's pork belly dipped in herbal sauce grilled to perfection and served with mắc mật leaves that cut through the richness and enliven the flavors.

Food served at Luk Lak restaurant in Hanoi. Photo: Luk Lak

Food served at Luk Lak restaurant in Hanoi. Photo: Luk Lak

Miến Lươn Đông Thịnh, a 40-plus-year-old shop that offers the menu revolving around eel -- as in eel noodles, eel congee, and eel soup.

Mr. Bảy Miền Tây, a small shop well known for its signature crispy bánh xèo (Vietnamese sizzling crepes) with various fillings, and also offering hotpots, spring rolls, rice noodles, and barbecues as its strong suits.

Phở Khôi Hói, a street food eatery offering phở, or beef noodle soup, with many cuts to choose from, including rare cuts like beef heel muscle.

The list of 2024 Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand selection for Hanoi.

The list of 2024 Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand selection for Hanoi

In Ho Chi Minh City, the eight newcomers on the Bib Gourmand list include: 

Bánh Xèo 46A, a restaurant famous for its huge Vietnamese signature crêpes stuffed with mung beans, bean sprouts, pork, and shrimp -- paired with pulled chicken salad, as well as chargrilled pork, beef, squid, and prawns.

'Bánh xèo' (Vietnamese sizzling crepes) is served with veggies and fish sauce at Bánh Xèo 46A in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Dong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre News

A 'bánh xèo' (Vietnamese sizzling crepe) is served with veggies and fish sauce at Bánh Xèo 46A in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Dong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre News

Bò Kho Gánh, a street food venue offering its famous beef stew, known as bò kho, prepared in a stone bowl, with an option to pair with either bread, noodles, or rice.

Bún Bò Huế 14B, a takeout-only stall specializing in noodle soup topped with sliced beef, beef tendon, and more.

Mặn Mòi (Thu Duc City), a Vietnamese restaurant, offering an extensive menu spanning regional specialties from all over Vietnam -- including salads, soups, mains, grilled dishes, desserts, as well as claypots and hotpots.

Nhà Tú, a Vietnamese restaurant offering home-style cooking rarely found elsewhere -- such as steamed snails stuffed with minced pork, and mixed veggies dressed in a fish sauce reduction with pork crackling.

Tiệm Cơm Thố Chuyên Ký, a Cantonese eatery that prides itself on its double-boiled silkie chicken soup, which has been made the same way since 1948, and serves other must-try dishes like steamed rice bowl with beef, chicken or Cantonese preserved pork sausage.

Vị Quê Kitchen, a restaurant selling modern Vietnamese vegan dishes -- including nem vuông, a variation of deep-fried rice paper parcels from northern Hai Phong City, filled with assorted mushrooms and glass noodles, and bún Vị Quê, noodle soup topped with herbs and tofu puffs.

Sol Kitchen & Bar, which was already recommended last year, is now moved from Michelin Selected to Bib Gourmand. It is a restaurant serving Latin-American recipes like marinated steak served with chimichurri sauce, BBQ ribs glazed with fish sauce, and whole roasted chicken served with mojo sauce -- apart from its eclectic and appetizing à la carte menu, featuring empanadas from Mexico, scallop ceviche from Peru, and burrata salad from Italy.

The list of 2024 Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand selection for Ho Chi Minh City.

The list of 2024 Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand selection for Ho Chi Minh City

The full 2024 restaurant selection of the Michelin Guide Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, including Michelin Stars and Special Awards, will be unveiled on June 27 during a special ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Dong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre News

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