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Phats Dumpling House dishes up trendy fusion dumplings in Thao Dien

Phats Dumpling House dishes up trendy fusion dumplings in Thao Dien

Phat’s Dumplings is a colourful shoebox of a restaurant, doing interesting things with dumplings since its opening earlier in 2016. The interior is decked with old Asian movie posters and brightly painted wooden shutters, setting a cheerful and cheeky tone. For me, it’s the perfect spot for a quick lunch or dinner, with its speedy, casual service. With only 25 seats and no reservations you do have to chance it, but once you’ve pulled up a stool, the range of dumplings, bao and noodle soups are delicious and good value.

Phat's Dumpling House
Phat’s Dumpling House

Phat’s offers some funky cocktails and beers, as well as interesting juices and teas. The food menu is definitely made for sharing, with mostly 3 dumplings and 2 bao per dish. The steamed dumplings include chicken & sweetcorn dumplings with a sesame dressing and scallop & edamame dumplings. If you like spicy food, then I would recommend the pork & prawn dumplings with Sichuan chili soy, which were my favourite. The highlights of the fried section of the menu are the delicious satay chicken puff with peanut sauce and crispy duck leg wontons with a Thai red curry sauce.

Spicy Sichuan Dumplings, Chicken & Sweetcorn Dumplings, and Bo Kho (Beef Stew) Dumplings
Spicy Sichuan Dumplings, Chicken & Sweetcorn Dumplings, and Bo Kho (Beef Stew) Dumplings

The bao at Phat’s dumplings are the signature dishes. The roasted duck bao with spiced hoisin combines classic Asian flavours that work effortlessly inside a light fluffy bao. Other star baos on the menu include a pork bao with slaw and a chicken bao with kimchi. All of these are winners.

The soups section of the menu seems slightly random, but ordering a noodle or dumpling soup to accompany the smaller bites actually works really well. The spicy minced pork Sichuan noodle soup was lovely – not actually too hot but with lots of spices coming through. The menu also offers a range of good vegetable options including roasted eggplant with white miso and sesame and an Asian broccoli dish.

Hoisin Duck Bao, Crispy Duck Leg Wontons, Spicy Pork Noodle Soup and Broccoli
Hoisin Duck Bao, Crispy Duck Leg Wontons, Spicy Pork Noodle Soup and Broccoli

The only dish which I found slightly disappointing was the prawn toast, which felt a little dry and had an overpowering sesame flavour. Otherwise, I would confidently say that you should order adventurously and you won’t be disappointed. Phat’s is such an easy spot for a quick bite that I’ve been several times and tried almost everything on the menu. Every time I promise myself I will save space for the coconut with salted caramel ice-cream sandwich, but with the huge range of delicious dumplings on offer, that hasn’t been managed to date.

 

What’s on in Saigon: 2 – 8 December 2016

What’s on in Saigon: 2 – 8 December 2016

Looking for things to do in Ho Chi Minh City this week? Look no further – Ho Chi Minx has it covered…

Friday – Saigon Pop-Up Dinner

Calling all foodies for the second round of Saigon Pop-Up! Hosted monthly at a secret location by Estelle&Fred, the creative french menu is served with tailored wines. For 1,050,000VND guests can taste an amuse-bouche, 2 starters, a main course and a desert, with a glass of wine paired with each course. There are only 12 places, so sign up fast to get a seat at this special foodie experience.

Register here

Saigon Pop Up
Saigon Pop Up

Saturday – Christmas Carols at St. Paul’s Convent Chapel

Get in the festive spirit with a carol concert by The International Choir & Orchestra at St. Pauls Convent Chapel in District 1. Tickets cost 100,000VND for adults and 50,000VDN for students and kids, and proceeds go to a charity supporting children in need. Merry Christmas everybody!

Christmas Concerts 2016: Star of Bethlehem

Sunday – The Big Sunday Chill @ Indika

It’s free entry for an all-day chill out session at Indika on Sundays, featuring special guest DJs, food offers, board games, happy hour, and an open turn-table for you to play your own chill vinyl records. Head to Indika’s District 1 jungly garden escape for the ultimate chilled out Sunday.

The Big Sunday Chill @ Indika

Indika, Saigon
Indika, Saigon

Monday – Teh Dar at the Saigon Opera House

Splash out on tickets to Teh Dar at the beautiful and historic Saigon Opera House this week. Teh Dar explores Vietnamese tribal culture through cirque, dance, and features music using tribal instruments. On Monday the performance starts at 6pm and tickets cost 630,000VND.

Book here

Performance at Saigon Opera House
Performance at Saigon Opera House

Tuesday – Double Trouble @ Last Call

It’s double trouble on a school night at Last Call, with all drinks buy-1-get-1-free, including cocktails, spirits, wine and beer. Get a mid week party fix in District 1 on Tuesday this week.

www.lastcallbarsaigon.com

Wednesday – Take a free yoga class

Unwind before or after work with a free trial class at Sivananda Yoga in District 1. Offering a range of classes for beginners, you can drop in without registering and join a class as a free trial, if you are not a member. The perfect mid-week wind down.

Class Schedule

Thursday – Unplugged Acoustic at La Fenetre Soleil

Warm up for the weekend with live music in La Fenetre Soleil’s cool and cosy ramshackle space. From 9pm on Thursday there is a weekly acoustic jam, featuring set performers as well as an open acoustic jam after the main sets.

www.lafenetresoleil.com

La Fenetre Soleil, Saigon
La Fenetre Soleil, Saigon
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