68 Pham Viet Chanh, Binh Thanh District, HCM City
Tel: 08 6258 1508






Chef/Owner: Hoang thi Bich Ngoc
(Chi Nghia)





Papaya Restaurant

Papaya Restaurant is conveniently located in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Binh Thanh District (5 mins from District 1), less than 10 minutes from the Ben Thanh Market. Papaya Restaurant specializes in traditional, northern style Vietnamese dishes, which are light and healthy, and naturally delicious. Our quality and presentation are first rate, and yet our prices are very reasonable, with entrees ranging from about $2.00 to $5.00. We make a delicious stirred-fried beef, from some of the tenderest, tastiest beef in Vietnam. Another customer favorite is chicken with passion fruit sauce, and you shouldn't miss our savory crab and aspargus soup. Our extensive menu contains over 100 dishes, so there's something for everyone ... from the most conservative to the adventurous.

Who is Chi Nghia?

Ms. Hoang thi Bich Ngoc (Chi Nghia to her friends) began her career as a professional chef shortly after graduating from Hanoi's College of Cooking in 1979. She honed her craft in the restaurant kitchens of Vietnam's finest hotels, including many years as the head chef of the Softel Metropole's Asian Kitchen in Hanoi. More recently she became head chef at Sofitel Plaza, here in Ho Chi Minh City, but she has always had the dream of having a small restaurant of her own, where she could prepare traditional dishes with her own innovations, and serve them at an affordable price. In February 2006, she made this dream a reality with Chi Nghia Restaurant on Nam Thu Khoan Street in Saigon, District One. Despite her gourmet credentials, Chi Nghia's preference have always been for the simple, delicious dishes characteristic of traditional Vietnamese cuisine ... albeit with a special flair all her own.

Dedication to Craft

Chi Nghia is obsessed with quality. She arrives at work early and leaves late, supervising each step of the food preparation process. In a world obsessed with speed, Chi Nghia is a refreshing anachronism. She gives her personal attention to each dish that is prepared in her kitchen to ensure that it meets her high standards for both taste and presentation. She's equally obsessed with hygiene and cleanliness. You would be hard-pressed to find a cleaner kitchen than hers in all of Southeast Asia. (Ask to come back and take a look.) Chi Nghia believes strongly that delicious food comes from a judicious mixture of fresh, high-quality ingredients. She uses very little oil and fat in her cooking, and never adds MSG.


Hours of Operation
Seven days a week, 10am to 11pm

68 Pham Viet Chanh
Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City

Tel: 08 6258 1508


E-mail: papaya@chi-nghia.com