Nhớ Tuyết – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Gastro Obscura

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Nhớ Tuyết

For a taste of Vietnamese gastropub culture, look no further than this convivial seafood joint that stays open till midnight.  


Đi ăn nhậu tối nay không?” is a phrase you’ll hear often throughout Vietnam. In literal terms, it translates to “let’s go eat and drink tonight,” but the use of the word nhậu evokes something deeper. To nhậu is to come together over plentiful food, typically eaten with your hands, and drink, typically generous amounts of beer. It’s the quintessential act of daily celebration, for no reason at all, that often lasts for hours and sometimes includes spontaneous sidewalk karaoke. 

This is the ritual on display at Nhớ Tuyết, which literally means “missing or remembering snow,” though it’s really named after the owner, whose name is Tuyết. Come as the locals do: with a big group of friends. And enjoy a vast selection of seafood ranging from clams in lemongrass broth, to scallops topped with scallion oil and crushed peanuts, to colossal river prawns all cooked via your preferred preparation, whether that’s salt-toasted or tossed in a wok with tamarind sauce. 

Beyond the seafood, Ms. Tuyết is known for her proprietary recipe for pâté, which comes in a thinner-than-usual texture with a sheet of burnt rice for scooping up as sort of a dip. There are also plenty of options for vegetarian diners, including an off-menu tofu in salted egg sauce. Your meal here will typically come with a full case of beer. At the end of the meal, they’ll count how many cans are left and charge accordingly.

Know Before You Go

Local authorities sometimes crack down on sidewalk dining, so depending on their mood for the evening, you can enjoy your meal on the street watching motorbikes zoom by, or upstairs, where there’s plenty of space accommodating groups as large as 20 or 30 guests. 

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