There is a healthy and vibrant Korean expat community in Ho Chi Minh City. This of course has seen Korean Restaurants springing up all over the place over the years. In fact Ho Chi Minh City contains the 4th highest diaspora of Koreans in the world, after the USA, Japan and China. There are some 80,000 Koreans living in southern Vietnam, most of which are in HCMC. Of these 20,000 are in Phu My Hung in District 7. This unofficial “Koreatown" has developed around Pham Van Nghi where virtually every restaurant, grocers, law firm, real estate office and school is Korean owned.
Korean cuisine has become part of the attraction for Phu My Hung. It is easy for Koreans to enjoy their favourites from home. Dishes like: traditional beef soup, bibimbap (mixed rice), kimbab (Korean-style sushi), fried chicken, barbecued meats and the long, chewy, flavoured rice cakes, beloved by teenagers and known as tteokbokki.
Whilst Phu My Hung has an abundance of Korean eateries, they are in no way confined here. The idea of going out to eat in a Korean Restaurant is an everyday attraction for locals and expats alike. Right in the heart of the city, 13 storeys up in Diamond Plaza, Yega Korean Restaurant offers diners the chance of eating their Korean favourites, whilst soaking up the sights of the city.
The sheer abundance of culinary alternatives in Ho Chi Minh City, means that no particular nation’s cuisine dominates. It is the variety that make the place so special. Korean cuisine sits in perfectly with the dining habits of the local inhabitants. From fine dining, through mid range eateries to street food, everything is possible in trems of Korean food.