'Back in time' with Do Phu coffee - Dai Han broken rice in Saigon Ranger style
In front of Do Phu - Dai Han rice dish (District 3 ) coffee shop, the flag of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam with a golden five-pointed star on a red and green background is always flying high. This is not only a place for culinary experiences but also a historical landmark associated with the secret activities of the Saigon Special Forces before 1975.
Saigon shop: The front of Do Phu coffee shop on Dang Dung street, district 3. City. Ho Chi Minh
This wooden house from the 1940s was originally a place to sell coffee and broken rice of Mr. Do Mien and his wife - Mrs. Nguyen Thi Su. The shop is called "Do Phu", which means the palace (house) of the Do family.
Not only ordinary workers come to eat, but the restaurant also has guests who are Korean soldiers - Korean soldiers who went to the war in Vietnam. In the past, they lived in the Dai Han Building opposite the shop, so it was convenient to visit here.
Saigon restaurant: Do Phu cafe keeps many memorabilia of the Saigon Rangers in the past.
However, no one would have expected that the simple eatery before 1975 was actually one of the secret operating bases of the Saigon Special Forces, under the management of Mr. Tran Van Lai, also known as Nam Lai, a Hero of the People's Armed Forces.
The house was used by the revolutionary side as a hiding place, a place for liaison, meetings, exchanging secret letters and documents, and hiding officers.
Today, when visiting the Do Phu cafe - Dai Han broken rice restaurant, which some still refer to as "Biet Dong coffee," tourists will immediately see the traces of a revolutionary era of secret activities that once took place in the heart of the Saigon urban area.