Hi, everyone! I’m AO from TEMPURA KIDZ!
We recently visited Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to perform at M-touch FES!
Japan is very cold right now, but it was over 30°c in Ho Chi Minh City!
The sun burned bright during the day. It was really hot, so it was like going back to summer.
This was our 3rd time going to Ho Chi Minh City, but one thing that’s always interesting to see is the number of motorbikes as pictured below.
There was a huge congestion of bikes on the roads, it was like rush hour in Japan!
I was surprised the first time I saw it because it’s not something you see in Japan.
We were caught in the congestion while traveling in the car, it was really amusing to see.
There were lots of bikes at M-touch FES too which meant lots of excited people!
A dance contest and outfit contest were also held at the event. There were people wearing anime costumes, and lots of Japanese songs were used for the dance contest. I saw once more just how Japan’s anime culture had spread to Vietnam.
There was even Japanese food at the booths!
From yakisoba to takoyaki.
People there looked like they really enjoyed the food.
All the Vietnamese people were so warm and in high spirits during the performance – they all sang together and put their hands in the air!
We went out with a bang at the end of a performance by collaborating with everyone in the Vietnamese music group P336band who we get along with for our song “LOLLi POP.”
I thought the crowd would be filled with people seeing us for the first time, but everybody came together as one and got really pumped up. It was so much fun!
We were invited to go to a tasty Japanese restaurant in Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City is divided into “wards” kind of like Japan. We went to a restaurant called “EN” in ward 3.
Yay! It’s a sushi bar!!
Just as the name implies, the restaurant is themed around Japanese money (en/yen). The lunch mats looked like Japanese banknotes.
The yen mark (￥) was dotted around different places!
This is what menu looked like.
It was also written in Japanese, making it nice and easy to understand.
They had sushi that you don’t see often in Japan, like wakame.
My interest peaked now and then when looking over the menu.
It’s interesting to see how much Japanese food is priced overseas.
I took a look at the salmon which is my favourite kind of sushi, and…
It was 48,000 dongs which is ￥238 in Japanese yen.
The price is a little high if we’re talking about a Japanese conveyor belt sushi restaurant.
The standard price of sushi is difficult to measure, but this might actually be cheap when considering non-conveyor belt sushi!
Our combination plate sushi has arrived.
I personally found the sushi in the middle to be delicious, the one with the most quantity.
If you’re wondering what was inside it, let’s take a look, starting at the top and working down.
Tenkasu (crunchy deep-fried flour batter)
That’s how it was layered.
The salmon and avocado of course complemented each other well, and the crunchy tenkasu made the texture nice. It was the best.
As well as sushi they had mackerel…
…sashimi combination plate…
…and so on. The Japanese food on the menu was lavish and everything was delicious!
If you visit Vietnam and want to eat sushi, then please try going to EN!
There were many signboards written in Japanese when walking around, and we were spoken to in Japanese at the market.
I felt how much the Vietnamese people had become familiar with Japan.
Although this was our third time in Vietnam, I’m happy I was able to get to know even more about the country again!
Until next time～
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