I finally got around to having lunch at the Green Bamboo today and it was so good I plan to go back tomorrow!
“The Green Bamboo Warm Shelter for boys houses up to 20 boys who have been separated from their families due to circumstances including parental imprisonment, abandonment, abuse, and runaways. The goal of the shelter is to reunite the boys with their families within a three to six month period. The shelter works in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Welfare Association to care for, and provide short-term employment opportunities for boys from all parts of Vietnam.” (http://outreachvietnam.blogspot.com/p/green-bamboo-shelter.html)
Recently, The Green Bamboo was fitted with an industrial kitchen and opened a lunch restaurant. The boys who are interested, have been trained how to cook, how to run a kitchen and customer service skills.
Every day they have a meat option and a vegetarian option for around 30000vnd, super cheap!
Upon arrival we were greeted with smile, the service was friendly and fast and the food was delicious.
The Green Bamboo restaurant is at 40/34 Calmette Street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC and is open for lunch from 11.30-1pm Mon-Fri.