As day comes
Air through air
A drop of water
Lightly through light
Time takes a gentle breath
This is a peaceful poem of a famous restaurant in Saigon which is “…hum” restaurant. “…hum” is one of the most famous vegetarian restaurant in HCMC which attracts a lot of foreign visitors as well as local people. This beautiful restaurant is a perfect combination between traditional meditative beauty and modern innovation. This article will share with you a brand new experience about vegetarian foods in Ho Chi Minh City.
A magical name of the vegetarian restaurant
“…hum” is the last sound in the mantra “Om mani padme hum” which is extremely magical the Buddhism. This mantra means “a jewel in the lotus” which implies “”Bodhicitta (enlightenment-mind) blooms in our hearts”. Using a magical mantra to name the restaurant might make you feel quite intrigued, however, the decoration and taste of foods here will definitely make you feel awesome.
The restaurant is arranged into different spaces which are suitable for different types of customers such as groups of friends, couples or families. “…hum” restaurant’s decoration is very elegant, luxurious and comfortable with beautiful arrangements of lotus, trees and Buddhist statues.
Songs in the restaurant are mainly meditative music and is played in very small volume. A mix between charming Asian decoration and gentle rhythm brings a totally relaxing atmosphere in the restaurant.
The foods are totally made from vegetables including coconut, mushrooms and tofu. Interestingly, you will find that each dish in the menu is a medication due to physical benefits such as enhancing cardiovascular protection, cancer prevention and cholesterol reduction is written next to each menu. Furthermore, the performance of foods is very beautiful and attractive. Now, have a look at some dishes that I and my family enjoyed last weekend.
This is square deep fried spring roll. The spring roll is made from chopped carrot, mushroom and white radish. The most delicious part of this food is its coverage. The food coverage is made from rice paper and it is very crispy. This square spring roll is eaten with special sauce (similar to fish sauce) and rice noodles; it will be more delicious if you can enjoy with chopped fresh chili. The price of this food is 75,000 VND.
One of the most impressive appetizers is lotus tuber shake with cheese powder. Another version of this food is potatoes with cheese powder which I usually eats in Lotteria fast food store. However, the lotus tuber in “…hum” restaurant is extremely delicious. The lotus tuber is fried deeply and they are very crispy. The price of this snack is only 55,000 VND and I strongly recommend you to try this food when you visit this restaurant.
Other traditional foods you should try in this restaurant are fresh spring rolls. The spring roll dishes were performed charmingly and there were 2 different types of fresh spring rolls. If you prefer traditional version, you can enjoy fresh spring roll with the rice paper coverage. In contrast, if you are looking for innovative version, “diep roll” will be your choice. “Diep roll” is different from the traditional one just in term of coverage. While traditional spring roll coverage is rice paper, “diep roll” coverage is a type of vegetable called “diep”. “Diep” vegetable has a strong unique fresh taste. Both fresh spring rolls cost 60,000 VND for each dish.
Vermicelli salad is another delicious dish in the restaurant which only cost 70,000 VND . Honestly, I don’t actually know all ingredients in this dish. But overall, it was very good.
Rice can be considered as an indispensable dish in all Vietnamese meals. Therefore, we ordered a dish of mushroom fried rice. The taste of this food is very delicious and you can enjoy with soy bean sauce. Eating concurrently with the fried rice is lotus soup. The soup’s taste is extremely delicious with a gentle sweet from lotus. The price of fried rice is 80,000 VND and lotus soup is 70,000 VND.
The final main dish is “…hum” hotpot and it costs 150,000 VND for 3 people eat. This hotpot is a signature dish of the restaurant. The broth which cooked from several type of vegetable has very gentle taste. This hotpot is enjoyed with different type of mushrooms and vegetable.
Beverage and desserts
In order to keep the consistency in gentle taste, most of beverages in the restaurant are made from natural ingredients including soy bean, ginger, fresh tea and fruits.
My beverage was brown rice tea which helps to maintain your youth and beauty and it only costs 40,000 for this drink.
My boyfriend’s drink was pomelo juice and honey which is good for diet people and you only need to pay 45,000 VND for this beverage.
If you would like to recover your energy after a long day working, iced blended chocolate will be the best choice. This is one of the most favorite drinks of my brother. The price of this drink is 65,000 VND.
The desserts in “…hum” restaurant are quite diverse. We ordered 3 types of desserts and all of them were very good.
The first dessert was toddy palm and coconut milk and its price is 50,000 VND. Toddy palm is a popular tree which only grows in Mekong delta area. The fresh taste will definitely satisfy you.
Toddy palm and almond macha (green tea) jelly is a very popular dessert for almost all Saigonners recently and its price is 45,000 VND. The light sweet taste is very special.
Aloe vera can be said as a panacea in tropical countries and it can be cooked in several kind of desserts. In that weekend night, we decided to eat aloe vera and nipa palm which the price is 40,000 VND. In order to balance the natural attributes, some sliced ginger are used with this desserts.
How to go there?
“…hum” restaurant is located at 32 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City. The opening hours are from 7am to 10pm. This restaurant is very close to the War Remnants Museum and it only takes you 1 minutes to walk from (around 20 meters). If you wish to visit this restaurant from Ben Thanh Market, you can either go by bus or by taxi. For bus transit, you can take bus number 4, 93 or 149 and it will take you around 30 minutes to go there. The price of bus transit might be around 5,000 VND. For taxi, it will take no more than 10 minutes to go there for 1.6 kilometers and the price should be around 40,000 VND. Interestingly, if you wish to discover the beauty and uniqueness of Saigon, you can walk from Ben Thanh market to this restaurant because the distance is not too far. It will take you 20 minutes to walk from Ben Thanh market to “…hum” restaurant.
And now, why you still sitting there? Pick up your backpack and discover one of the most impressive vegetarian restaurants in HCMC now. I wish you have a safe trip. Bye 🙂