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HCMC, Vietnam: Rose CIP Lounge

20 September 2010

The Rose CIP Lounge at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport is one of the few lounges in the airport and is specifically for Star Alliance travellers. It is fairly comfortable with natural light filling the area, and there's also a tiny buffet spread (mostly finger-food) laid out in the middle.

Vietnamese Beef Noodles

I think I may have mentioned a few times now that I'm slowly getting the hang of enjoying my pho, and this is quite true since I'm not usually one who would have something soupy for my main course. The Vietnamese love their beef noodles and spring rolls a lot mind you, it's almost their staple and everyday dish.

I thought the noodles here at Rose CIP Lounge was appetising enough, the beef slices were tender and the soup base was not too bad. There's usually a mass of beansprouts and spring onions but I did away with them.

Interestingly, I was told that there is an euphemism surrounding pho. When someone excuses himself from a guy-only gathering or meeting and says he's going to have some pho, the dude is not actually going to get some beef noodles. What he really means is that he's going to meet his mistress! To his male buddies, this is not usually frowned upon (then again, this piece of information was told by a lady and this could skew the perception a little). By the way, the wife is referred to as rice, probably had its origins from agriculture lingo.

Pictures taken with the Apple iPhone 4.

7 Foodie Comments:

ice said...

You seem to be endorsing Vietnam haha. Indeed "a Vietnam food blogger with a difference".

So when are you bringing back a Vietnamese bride?

September 20, 2010 at 4:51 PM
PY said...

The interesting thing about pho in Vietnam is that it always taste quite decent. From street stalls to hotel breakfasts, I have not tried a bad pho yet. Good to know you are having a good time in Vietnam :)

September 20, 2010 at 6:33 PM
*Harris said...

Ice: Haha, what's the link to having a Vietnamese bride?? Well for now it's all Vietnam, but next year on it's Indonesia, China and hopefully a few others :)

PY: You're quite right, haven't tasted one bad one yet, but then again, they're all so similar! I like Ho Chi Minh and Da Lat more by the way, have you been to the latter?

September 20, 2010 at 10:58 PM
Angeline said...

You should try Pho Hoa at Suntec City. This Vietnamese restaurant is a franchise of the one in Vietnam. The beef noodle is pretty tasty too. :)

September 21, 2010 at 9:56 PM
*Harris said...

Sounds good, but I would stay away from pho for a while. Still another chance to have that in October haha

September 22, 2010 at 9:26 PM
Sparkling or Still said...

HCMC airport certainly looks much better than Hanoi's.

Hanoi reminds me of Cebu's airport...

September 22, 2010 at 11:02 PM
*Harris said...

It's definitely better, there's a marked difference in the transit area (Hanoi's so tiny compared to HCMC)... Or maybe we're just too pampered with Changi standards haha.

Couped up in Nha Trang airport takes the cake man!

September 22, 2010 at 11:07 PM

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