Address: 25 Lý Tự Trọng Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Opening hour: 10am - 10pm
Imagine that you can eat one of your all-time-favorite Japanese foods right in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City; the Japanese authenticity persists while the price is still very "Vietnamese". It is Marukame Udon, and from its name, everybody can guess that its specialty is udon. The three-storey restaurant always seems too small for all the guests coming in and out throughout the day. There are so many reasons to list down about this franchise's achievements, but it would be insufficient not to mention the fresh and high quality ingredients to make a bowl of udon noodle, as well as affordable prices (a bowl of udon costs about 60,000 to 80,000 dong), Also, there is an open kitchen which has various stations, so that customers can watch the making process of their dishes, from knitting the dough, cutting udon, cooking udon, seasoning, and putting meat into the bowl and pour the broth into the bowl. I personally like Tonkatsu Udon (udon, Tonkatsu seasoning and pork), because of the "milky" broth, tender pork, as well as the special ingredient which is garlic adding an exciting layer to the udon noodle. Because the udon is made daily, it is more chewy and fresh compared to those you buy in supermarkets. There are some more typical Japanese treats such as sushi, tempura, ... that you can dig in and enjoy. I hope one day, Marukame Udon will have a shop in Hanoi so that I do not have to resist my craving every now and then.