A little gem on a search of something else: Finding Ganesh!

food - Saigon/HCMC: Nov. 1, 2013

KathleenKathleen Brown, her husband John and their two adopted children, Peter Quang and Claire Xuan, are touring around Vietnam during their Christmas holiday. Kathleen is a long-time television producer and /media consultant for humanitarian agencies and her husband, John, a professional photographer. Every couple of days, they will post a story along with photos on their travels and adventures.

A little gem on a search of something else: Finding Ganesh!

GaneshAs we backtracked in search of our destination -- we came across Ganesh Restaurant.  Well, there's Indian food and it's on Hai Ba Trung. The menu looks inviting.  We decide to give it a try.  Plus, our youngest was particularly hungry!

Ganesh proved to be a welcoming and worthy destination, in and of itself. There were many open tables on our arrival, but by the time our appetizers appeared, the place was entirely full.  Late comers were graciously invited to take tables in the second floor dining room.

We started with the vegetable samosas and peppery crackers.  They were wonderful and set our appetites into full gear.  Ganesh's menu balances both north and south Indian cuisines and specialties, as well as vegetarian and meat offerings.

We eventually decided on two lamb dishes, a chicken dish, several breads and our drinks.  Peter enjoyed the mango lassi and proved to be a big fan of Indian cuisine. Ganesh

The Lamb Rogan Josh was amazing -- scrumptious, tender chunks of Australian lamb served in a rich, fragrant sauce and enough for all of us to get a taste.  My Lamb Biryani met and almost exceeded the rogan josh -- but it was the creamy sauce which one the contest.

Our Butter Chicken was wonderful -- moist and meaty with an outstanding curry flavor, not overpowering -- just perfectly done.  And breads, well, you can make a meal of the wonderful naans, roti and vegetable-stuffed breads.  My children would, if we let them.

GaneshGanesh is a wonderfully welcoming place, quite close to the Saigon Opera House -- offering another of Asia's wonderful cuisines at a terrific price and showcasing delicious and authentic Indian food well worth finding -- no matter where your karma leads you!

It was so good, we returned the very next evening for a repeat performance!  Bravo!

By Kathleen Brown
photo by Peter Q. Cullather 

Other articles written by Kathleen:

Family trip in Vietnam - 1st episode: Enter the Dragon
Family trip in Vietnam - Episode 2: Cai Rang Water Opera
Family trip in Vietnam - episode 3: Hoi An ancient town
Family trip in Vietnam - episode 4: Hoi An Countryside
Family trip in Vietnam - episode 5: the LifeStart Foundation
Family trip in Vietnam - episode 6: Hoi An Cooking Class
Family trip in Vietnam - episode 7: Project Runway in Hoi An
Family trip in Vietnam - Episode 8: Water Puppets - Vietnam's Original Muppets
Family trip in Vietnam - Episode 9: Time to Cha Cha with the Chả Cá
Family trip in Vietnam - Episode 10: A Visit to the Hung Kings Citadel and Au Co Ancestral Site
Family trip in Vietnam - Episode 11: Our Visit to the Perfume Pagoda
Family trip in Vietnam - Episode 12: Can Gio Reserve
Family trip in Vietnam - Episode 13: Saigon Street Eats
Family trip in Vietnam - Final Episode: An Afternoon in Cholon
Tribute Episode to our Guide Stars
Club Opera Novel – A Diva of a Restaurant, Yet Without Pretense