Adrian had to go to Ho Chi Minh City for a trip with his colleagues so I tagged along too. We brought Baby D with us because he’s still nursing and Anya because it was her birthday weekend. Poor Adam was left with my parents. David was relatively ok for his first flight ever. He was restless and cried a few times but it was no worse than his usual behaviour. We spent most of our time in HCMC eating and also checked out a couple of tourist attractions, namely the post office, Notre Dame and Ben Thanh market.
I really wanted to go to the Cu Chi tunnels and we even booked a trip but decided that it just wasn’t worth a 2-hour car ride there and back with the kids. Ho Chi Minh City is not a very kid-friendly place. The traffic is terrible and the air is not great. While we were there, we got several concerned looks from the locals whenever they saw David. Back home, we only got nagged by old folks but in HCMC, even young people would stare and point! Turns out that in Vietnam, babies below 3 months of age (and their mothers) are not supposed to leave the house and David was just over 1.5 months then!
Pho Hoa Pasteur
the pho and the coffee are so good
had dinner on a boat
driving our dinner boat
enjoyed a cultural performance
checked out the night market
General Post Office
it’s still functional, unlike ours which is now Fullerton Hotel
found the Lunch Lady
people at the Lunch Lady
banh canh cua
house of flying claypots
rice being thrown across the room
inside Ben Thanh market
I love my carbs and I’m delighted that Swensen’s, one of our favourite family-friendly restaurants, has four new fusion pastas on the menu from today to 30 April. The exciting flavours are definitely worth trying out!
four new pastas
My personal favourite is the Chili King Prawn Pasta ($17.50). Juicy king prawns are served over spaghetti in a tangy homemade chili crab sauce. The balanced sweet and spicy flavours really appeal to me and it is such a comforting dish. I can imagine Anya enjoying this even though it’s slightly spicy!
Chili King Prawn Pasta
Adrian’s vote goes to the Japanese-inspired Short Ribs Shabu Shabu Pasta ($16.50). Angel hair pasta with tender shabu shabu beef, mushroom, quail eggs and cherry tomatoes in a homemade chicken broth is light on the palate but doesn’t compromise on taste. He’ll probably have to share it with Adam who is a big fan of soup.
Short Ribs Shabu Shabu Pasta
The Crabmeat Squid Ink Pasta ($17.50) in a yummy cream sauce has sweet chunks of crabmeat and shimeji mushroom. Very tasty and hearty, this is perfect for those who love cream-based pasta dishes. Great for kids!
Crabmeat Squid Ink Pasta
The Mac ‘N’ Chic Laksa ($16.50) with succulent chicken skewers and quail eggs over a bed of macaroni in Singaporean laksa paste is a spicy delight that is sure to please where Asian flavours are preferred.
Mac ‘N’ Chic Laksa
Complete your pasta meal with any of the refreshing iced teas ($5.90). There is Blackcurrant with Passionfruit Tea, Peach Tea and Green Tea Apple Soda. I love the last one because it really helps to quench the thirst in the recent heatwave that we are having!
Green Tea Apple Soda
The pasta dishes and iced teas are available at all Swensen’s outlets (except Bugis Junction) until 30 April. Check them out while you can!