Restaurant: Hotel Intercontinental Saigon
Date: March 22-24, 2014
Cuisine: Vietnamese / International
Rating: First rate buffet
Having arrived at 2am, my first meal of the trip was breakfast, in this case at our hotel, the Intercontinental Saigon. Right off the bat the buffet looked impressive.
Cane sugar syrup for sweetener!
The French presence in Vietnam may have been miserable for the country, but it did leave them an excellent baking tradition. The custard stuffed beignets on the left were particularly delicious.
A selection of nice meats and cheeses.
Including pate (at least two sorts).
Various salads, including kimchi.
And exotic (and not so exotic) fruits.
Enough with that healthy stuff, onto the seared pork products.
But it’s really the Asian fare I came for.
Then corn and chicken.
And Vietnamese beef stew.
Veggies and Char Sui (fatty BBQ pork). Great pork BTW.
Every Chinese’s favorite breakfast: congee (rice porridge).
And this other pickled egg.
Or pork bits. No grubs though (a favorite in China).
Pork meatballs with fish sauce (excellent).
Condiments for this soup station.
And two kinds of noodles for the soup.
Which all combines like this. Really nice.
For the Japanese, some sushi (mostly various pickles).
And chicken teriyaki.
Tamago (Japanese omelet).
Then a build your own miso station. This buffet loves soups!
Tofu with mince pork.
And various trimmings.
The result tasted lovely, Very interesting blend of fresh and savory flavors.
Condiments for beef rolls.
The actual beef rolls themselves.
And assembled with all the trimmings on the plate. You pour fish sauce over this and eat.
because we haven’t had enough soup (or choices), the Pho station.
Which comes out like this. Fresh noodles, beef, and lots of sweet and sour flavor!
If you’ve any room left, there is always some dessert!
What you can only partially tell from the photos is that this is a buffet managed with meticulous care. Everything tastes great!
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