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219 Pham Ngu Lao
My home away from home in Vietnam.

Addresses in Vietnam run down a street just as most other places. When we come to an alley the alley has the address of the building next to it. In our case there is a shop at 219 Pham Ngu Lao Street. Now the numbers run down the alley keeping the number at Pham Ngu Lao. My hotel is at 219/26 Pham Ngu Lao. When there is an alley off the alley the addresses keep the Pham Ngu Lao number and the number of the structure in the alley and run off of that. So a side alley may have a number of 219/34/18 Pham Ngu Lao. Then there are tenement blocks that will have a letter in front and do not run in numerical or alphabetic order. And thenů.. well you get the general idea.

In the alley is everything one will add to this as I get more photos.

Small food service in the alley
This is a small size opperation in the alley where the lady has prepared a broth, meat, noodles, and greens. As I come for dinner she puts the noodles in the strainer and heats them in the broth. Then she puts the noodles in the bowl and adds broth. After that the meat and greens and we have a nice dinner. It was really good.
Mid size food service

This is a mid size opperation in the alley where an extended family and even friends and neighbors pool their tallents and work together to keep this working in the front room and front step of a house. The business spills out into the alley.

Restaurant in the alley

This restaurant was the home of Huynh Thi Ut last year when I was here. Now she has transformed it into a restaurant. I met Ut last year when she was one of a group of women who gathered in the home of one or another members of the group and would drink coffee, chat and play cards. I enjoyed the group though when Ut spoke someone had to translate because she knew no English and I know precious little Vietnamese. Now some of that group help her cook and serve.