{Saigon Eats} Red Hot Wok

I have a new Saigon food obsession that’s overtaken my cravings for fried chicken from the mosque, nemesis cake from Au Parc and set menus at Ty Coz – salt and pepper squid at Red Hot Wok!
Red Hot Wok opened a few months back down a pokey little alley way just round a corner from Nguyen Hue. It’s run by a friendly middle-aged Aussie-Vietnamese couple and the food reminds me very much of that found in Australian Chinatowns and cheap and cheerful Chinese food court restaurants. Think wok fried dishes served on sizzling cows (you know – the black iron kind), stir fried noodle dishes and plates of yummy Asian greens. The squid is my ultimate recommendation though – deep fried with a hint of szechuan pepper, topped with a mix of fried garlic, shallots and chilli. At Red Hot Wok it’s called something like ‘Deep fried squid with salt and chilli’ but really, it’s the dish we all know and love as ‘salt and pepper squid’. Am so happy to have finally found a good version of this dish in Saigon – yay!


Beef with black pepper (which is really, really tender) and my beloved squid
Red Hot Wok, 9/12 Huynh Thuc Khang, D1 (open 11am til…4am!)

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10 Responses

  1. Slim January 11, 2010 / 4:03 pm

    Sounds delicious!

  2. Bali Beach Bunny January 13, 2010 / 10:46 am

    hooray
    can’t go without this one for too long
    my FAVE

  3. Cate January 18, 2010 / 10:30 pm

    This place sounds like one worth visiting next time I’m in SE Asia.Let me know if they plan on expanding beyond the Vietnamese border.

  4. lorenabr January 31, 2010 / 6:51 am

    Looks and sounds delicious:)

  5. Sidney February 1, 2010 / 1:27 am

    Looks yummy !

  6. M.Kate February 2, 2010 / 3:11 am

    Beautiful post, it’s a place I want to visit soon, hopefully this year. Happy week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. ana February 17, 2010 / 9:13 am

    Looks really good and tasty

  8. Anonymous December 5, 2010 / 11:45 am

    This is a very interesting review.
    Glad you liked the food because my uncle owns this restaurant! ๐Ÿ˜€

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