Everyone else seemed more prepared for Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon) compared to I was. Being part of the staff day committee (and although my tasks involved designing and marketing), I’ve been focusing on the dinner too much that I’ve sort of forgotten that I’ve an extra day to visit the city.
When people come to Saigon, the first activity that comes to mind for Malaysians is shopping. My room mate, Tania and I wasn’t interested in shopping at all. We weren’t ready for the tours either so we went round the city trying food at different places, including Fanny ice-cream.
This ice-cream cafe is located in the city, on a small road called Ton That Thiep. Along the roads were a number of bars, salons and shop. It’s a peaceful road with trees everywhere, and the cafe was so cozy. Overall it had this chilled atmosphere. Judging by the number of foreigners there, I reckon it’s a place popular among them.
I didn’t know what to expect there, but they had a lot of flavors to choose from – like, a lot. They’re a serious ice-cream shop! Instead of ordering a couple of scoops, we ordered this spring roll set (a set among the many that they had) which consisted of crepes and ice-cream of assorted flavors. They really made them look like spring rolls!
Quality of ice-cream? I think it was decent – rich enough, soft enough, creamy enough. Price? Not very cheap. Probably half the price of a Haagen Dazs equivalent, which is fair considering that it’s quite good. Overall, not bad. But I wasn’t that amazed yet. We finished the whole plate in minutes and hung out there for hours, taking advantage of the free wifi and the ambience.
I felt like having more so I ordered the raspberry ice-cream. Now that… was awesome! Creamy enough and absolutely flavorful. By then, I understood the hype. I wanted more, but I told myself not to spend too much. If I visit Saigon again, I’d definitely go again!
If you want to enjoy good ice-cream in Saigon, tell your cab driver to head to:
29-31 D Ton That Thiep
Dong Khoi Area