Paying your first visit to Southeast Asia in general and Vietnam in particular you might expect to find a veritable plethora of Indian restaurants at every turn. This is after all Asia. Well, it’s not quite that simple. Indian cuisine has never fully taken hold here. The Southeast Asian palate is into lighter, more subtle flavours; lemongrass and coriander play much bigger roles here than cardamom and cumin. This is not to say that you cannot get good Indian food in the city. Indian restaurants are here, and when you find them, they are generally of a high standard.
Spices and dishes from the Indian sub-continent had arrived here many years ago. The Spice Route from Southeast Asia to Europe traversed India and goods soon began moving in each direction. Then of course there are the religious and cultural connections. The Cham people of central Vietnam share a long history with India. Nowadays there are still only an estimated 2,000 Indian people living in Vietnam. Most are in Saigon.
Possibly the most well known Indian Restaurant in town is Baba’s Kitchen on Bui Vien. It is almost impossible to talk Indian without mentioning them. A huge favourite among the backpacker crowds, they serve authentic Indian cuisine at reasonable prices. The Tandoor Indian Restaurant has been serving customers in District 1 for almost two decades. With over two hundred items on their menu and four chefs specialising in different elements, this is a fine example of dian cuisine. Another highly respected Indian restaurant in Saigon is Ganesh. They have several restaurants across the South of Vietnam including two in Saigon. They have earned a big reputation for providing authentic Indian meals of high standards.
Anyone visiting Saigon and finding themselves in need of a good Indian meal need not worry, They are here and they are good.