Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam

Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân (Quận Gò Vấp)

160 Nguyễn Oanh, D. Gò Vấp Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam (08) 3517 8333
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This is one of the branches of Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân

Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân is a chain serving Vietnamese sticky rice and sweet soup in Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnamese sticky rice comes in many varieties; sweet, salty, purple, green, orange or white, with peanuts or without. Here you find a wide selection with fair prices.

Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân
Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân
Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân

Perfect place for a cheap, quick meal

Reviewed on 2014-03-08 (Updated on 2014-07-30)

This is a small chain with 3 branches, serving Xôi (Sticky rice), Chè (Vietnamese sweet soup) and a few other snacks and dessert. I frequent the main branch on 111 Bùi Thị Xuân, where it is almost always very crowded. It's not uncommon having to share a table with strangers, and the servers like to sit diners side by side so it’s even more awkward. I usually order take-away, but I was there with a friend today, and she wanted to dine in, so we ordered three spring rolls, a "xôi phá lấu" (sticky rice with braised pig-intestines) and a flan (caramel custard). Their menu comes in English, Vietnamese and Japanese - if you are not sure what to order, just point at the recommended items’ pictures and they'll get it for you.

As we waited, they gave us free iced tea. The food came quickly - the sticky rice was cooked just right, sticky and chewy but not to the point where it becomes a gooey mess, and though I was brought up in Hanoi - where phá lấu is a non-existence dish - I think it was quite nice, and the portion is just right for one. My friend commented the spring rolls were good and pretty fresh, but she could make better ones at home with better, fresher ingredients. However, she said the dipping sauce is superb. The flan was interesting - it came with a splash of coffee instead of the usual caramelized sugar I used to get during my childhood, and there was crushed ice too. We asked for the bill, and it was surprisingly cheap - 60,000đ. Overall, for a quick and cheap meal, Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân is a pretty good choice - and they do delivery too.

Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân
Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân
Xôi Chè Bùi Thị Xuân

Pamper your Sweet tooth

Reviewed on 2014-04-30 (Updated on 2015-09-21)

A friend of mine took me to the Xôi Chè outlet in Đinh Tiên Hoàng knowing how much I love sweet stuff. And indeed I fell in love with this place. Even before our food arrived, the whole atmosphere of the place colored in peppy green and the incredibly friendly staffs got me hooked. The menu has just the right amount of dishes; neither overwhelms nor disappoints. It has a mix of sweet and savory sticky rice (xôi), varieties of Chè and a few other desserts. What I liked the most about the menu was the description in English, which you don’t find that often here.

First we started off with xôi xá xíu (sticky rice with pork) and xôi gà (with chicken). Both of them were excellently done. The meat was delicious and the sticky rice rightly cooked. We then enjoyed two different types of Chè - Chè trôi nước contains rice dumpling filled with green bean paste soaked in a ginger syrup and Sương Sa Hạt Lựu is a version of Chè with coconut milk, pomegranate seeds and jelly. The dumplings had the right amount of sweetness and the green bean paste inside made it an excellent combination with the ginger syrup. The latter one was a bit too sweet and therefore we couldn’t enjoy it as much. We finished off with a light dessert made of green rice flakes and grated coconut, by which point we were so stuffed to even walk.

We paid a mere 80,000đ in total and left the place feeling absolutely satisfied and full. I would recommend Xôi Chè to anyone remotely interested in Vietnamese desserts, to have a sugar filled evening. The friendly staff and the nice atmosphere will make you enjoy the sumptuous food even more.