Vietnamese culture: Fun facts about Sài Gòn (P.8)

Posted: Thursday, August 24, 2017

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15. Having Cơm tấm for breakfast

There’s an interesting story that explains why Saigon people usually have breakfast with rice – a strange habit to people in other regions. At first, they thought it was too hard to eat rice in the morning, causing severe indigestion. But since they tried “Cơm tấm”, they changed their opinion. Gradually, eating “Cơm tấm” in the morning has become a habit of Saigon people, and slowly, today they now choose “Cơm tấm” as the best breakfast for them to start a new long day to work and to study.

16. The sudden rain

“Sài Gòn sớm nắng chiều mưa. Sài gòn chỗ mưa chỗ nắng” (Sài Gòn – it rains in the morning and shine in the afternoon. Sài Gòn – it’s raining at one place and shining at other.)

Sometimes, when you are walking in the sun shine, enjoying the warm atmosphere then a heavy rain suddenly appears in nowhere. And it doesn’t wait for you to finish wearing your raincoat, the rain again suddenly disappears.

It might make you frustrated but it ain’t Sài Gòn if it doesn’t have these sudden rain.


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