Here's a map showing where both restaurants are.
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Ever since my girlfriend Marya and I became vegan, we've been serious food tourists. In every new city we go to, we want to experience all the lovely food available. Site seeing has become something to be done to kill time between meals. And when we're not site seeing, we're probably at a pub, drinking gallons of local beer while filling out post cards.
This was easy to do in Saigon, where vegan options were cheap and seemingly endless. Beer too was cheap and came in wondrously large bottles.
A few hours after eating at An Lac Chay, we were ready for some more local cuisine. We ended up at Ngoc Tho, just down the street from An Lac.
I didn't snap a picture of the front of the place, but here's one from a user at Happy Cow: Click! Note that they rent motorbikes (I don't recommend this).
Of course, the entire time we were in Saigon I'd gravitate towards pho. Though everyone generally makes the traditional beef broth for pho the same way, it's the Wild West when it comes to vegetarian pho broth, so it can differ quite a bit from place to place.
As an appetizer, we got these awesome satay chicken wings.
Marya got as her entree this seafood hotpot.
It came with all sorts of veggies, vegan shrimp, and...
Look at this thing.
We were stuffed by the end of the meal, and were embarrassed to not be able to finish everything.
Chicken Wings Satay:   35,000D
Seafood Hotpot:     75,000D
=  135,000D (US$6.75)
(doesn't include beer, and anyhow I lost count of how many we had)
Funny thing with the exchange rate: we were, for a few brief days, millionaires.
The next day we went to Thien Duyen Ben Thahn for lunch.
Once again: Pho!
We shared this roaster chicken with dumplings.
Here's a closer look at the roaster chicken, slathered in some sort of barbeque sauce.
Roaster Chicken with Dumplings:  40,000D
Sauteed Beef with Mushroom:   40,000D
Beef Pho:       25,000
=  105,000D (US$5.25)
(doesn't include beer, which is priceless)
Among the things we did to kill time was visit the Reunification Palace.
And here are the original tanks that pushed their way into the compound.