Some of our friends in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) took us to 5KU Station for Vietnamese BBQ. It’s a popular open-air restaurant filled mostly with locals, but there were a few tourists and expatriates there as well. Our table included all of the above.
The menu included both BBQ and hotpots. It was reasonably priced and varied. Tons of options from safe to adventurous. Diners have the option to cook their own or let the kitchen do it for them. I thought it would be fun to do it ourselves, so we opted to have the small clay pot grill brought to our table. This small table-top grill was filled with very hot coals, the real thing not charcoal, and then topped with a removable metal rack.
We selected octopus, beef, and okra from the menu along with some chicken wings in fish sauce and Saigon Beer to wash it down. This was accompanied by a delicious chili lime dipping sauce and the ubiquitous fresh leaf herbs and lettuces.
The food was great and we really enjoyed the casual atmosphere. We are now officially fans of Vietnamese BBQ and we’d definitely come back for more.
Address: 29 Thai Van Lung, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Hours: Mon – Sun, 5:00 pm – 1:00 am