What is the best trip David Myers has ever taken?
I just got back from a big research trip for a new restaurant and I have to say that Saigon and Ho Chi Minh were real highlights. I hit 12 restaurants a day—and when I say restaurants, I mean street-side stalls. I was there with one of my former chefs that I’d worked with who lives there. He’s Vietnamese and gave me a tour. I got to see Vietnam in a way I’d never seen it before. I’d been there before but I’d never experienced it like a local. We rode motorbikes and he took me to a cool Japanese bar in the middle of Saigon, which is unheard of. I got a whole range of what living there is like. We went on a pho tour one day and they start at 9 a.m. and the first shop we hit, which was one of his favorites, closes at 10 a.m. and turns into another restaurant. So from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. it has some of the best pho in the city. So that was a pretty spectacular trip all the way around. From getting your ears cleaned at a hot tocs — it’s a barbershop — to eating at different street-side stalls or restaurants, whether you’re going for grilled chicken at one, or barbecued seafood at another or dessert somewhere else, each one has a reason why you go.