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Just before heading to SGN airport coming back to Malaysia during the last trip at HCMC, I decided to have some Japanese food instead of traditional Vietnamese Food. Instead of catching a cab, I just started to walk down the busy Hai Ba Trung Street to check out the numerous Japanese restaurant around the city.

Angler Fish Liver, Akatonbo Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Angler Fish Liver and Sashimi

After passing a handful of Japanese restaurants that are either too expensive or offering only a limited menu, I decided to go into Akatonbo as the menu displayed outside the door looks enticing, and reasonably priced as well.

After scanning through the rather extensive menu, I ordered a sashimi set and a serving of ankimo (Angler fish liver).

Angler Fish Liver, Akatonbo Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
very extensive menu

The sashimi, consisting of salmon, tuna, squid, octopus tentacles, and two other types of fish, were very fresh and properly cut. Though the serving was somewhat small and rice were not included, it was still pretty good. The Angler fish liver, though, was quite interesting. I had actually wanted to order it at Zen sushi at Subang Jaya once but it was a seasonal offering and they had run out of it, so this was actually the first time I tasted this Japanese delicacy. The texture of the liver is similar to pickled tofu, but slightly tougher, it has a rich and fatty taste to it, often described to be similar to foie gras. It was really good, and served exactly like how it’s meant to.

More on Ankimo:

The liver is first rubbed with salt, then rinsed with sake. Then its veins are picked out and the liver is rolled into a cylinder and steamed. Ankimo is often served with chili-tinted grated daikon radish, thinly sliced green onions and ponzu sauce.

Angler Fish Liver, Akatonbo Restaurant, map of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Akatonbo restaurant is at the heart of District 1, HCMC

The total damage was less than $14 USD (less than RM 50). Pretty good value for the interesting Ankimo and the good quality sashmi. Yogurt is served after the meal too, a pretty good concept that no Japanese restaurants in Malaysia that I am aware of follows.

Address:
38 Hai Ba Trung Street,
District 1, HCMC, Vietnam

Tel:8-244-928

Discuss : KY eats – Angler Fish Liver at Akatonbo, HCMC, Vietnam

  1. OMGoodness! An update! *FAINTS*

  2. u should have your own makan-makan tv show man! your entries on food have always been top notch and made me hungry!

  3. zul,

    are you hiring? :P

  4. Actually I think the best Japanese restaurant in Toto Ya along Le Thanh Ton, somewhere opposite Skygarden.

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