My husband, some friends and I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City and wanted to do a tour of the city on motorbike. We called this company and booked a food tour for the same evening. They were very accommodating and picked us up on time from our hotel. Thien, Tram, Vinh and Hero, our guides, were young, fun and energetic. I was very impressed they understood and spoke English very well and we're able to have meaningful conversations with us. They answered all of our questions about the food and made us all laugh and have fun at the same time.
The guides on the motorbike were very careful navigating traffic. Even though we were entering intersections with oncoming traffic from every direction, I didn't feel unsafe on the motorbike. It seems everyone on bikes and automobiles are patient and cognizant of their surroundings. They effortlessly navigate around each other. Once you get over the initial fright, it's amazing to watch how they do it.
The guides took us to hidden gems in the different districts, explained what the cuisines were, and showed us how to eat them and what sauces to use. Evidently they scoured the city and tastetested the foods for months to find the best local places with the best cuisines. We had bun bo hue (beef noodle), banh xeo (crepe with stirfry), lotus flower seeds at the flower mart, banh mi sandwiches, and ended with a seafood BBQ. We didn't have the dessert since it was late and the dessert place had closed down. We didn't mind because there was so much food and by the end, I don't think any of us could have eaten any more.
My favorite by far is the banh mi sandwich. I cannot get over how good it was. The bread is freshly made and the ingredients were delicious. We definitely would not have come across this place since it is off the beaten path.
The price is very reasonable. Food and drinks, even the beers, were included. I would definitely recommend this tour group if anyone is looking for great hidden gems for food outside of the touristy areas.