3 must-visit places to try Saigon Street Food

Saigon Cuisine is an irresistible allure of this city. Read on to see the most recommended streets with best dishes in Saigon.

Not only well-known as a perfect destination with many historical relics, Saigon is also home to plenty of delicacies. Street food in Saigon is a burning topic which has been discussed much among tourists. Street food permeates every district, neighborhood, and alleyway in Saigon andthe number of street vendors and outlets is so huge that, at times, the city looks like a gigantic and open-air restaurant. The following article will show you some of the most recommended streets where the smell of street food make tourists love at first sight.

1. Van Kiep Street

At the border of Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh District

If you are looking for a place where there is a wide range of foods, Van Kiep Street is the perfect option. Straddling the border of the two most dynamic districts: Phu Nhan and Binh Thanh, Van Kiep looks like a thrilling exhibition of Vietnam street food with a variety of eateries with different tasty dishes. Phở, bánh canh cua, bánh mì, bánh xèo, bún mắm, bún bò Huế, bún chả, nem nướng, chè are just some of the foods that the street provides.

Grilling pork patties on the street, Van Kiep Street

Grilling pork patties on the street, Van Kiep Street

In the evening, the street is usually crowded with Vietnamese teenagers and youngsters. It is a great place to gather with friends while eating tasty street foods. I also see a lot of foreign tourist hunching over on small plastic stools, talking, and eating. Van Kiep Street might be the most popular destinations for gatherings, apart from Bui Hien Beer Street.

Street food, Van Kiep Street

Street food, Van Kiep Street

The grilled octopus at 230 Van Kiep is now a trendy food among Saigon youth. The heady scent of this spicy and marinated dishentices people who are coming along the street to stop and eat. Food stall at 63 Van Kiep is famous for its “banh canh cua” – a stodgy, slippery, fishy, noodle southern classic. Another top must-eat dish in Saigon is “bun mam” – a pungent seafood noodle soup, which you can find at stalls near the intersection with PhanXich Long Street.

2. Su Van Hanh Street.

District 10

In general, Su Van Hanh is a crowded and lively street; however, the intersection with Ngo GiaTu and Nguyen Chi Thanh Streets is exceptionally an ideal place to eat street food in Saigon. Because the area is covered with several run-down apartment blocks and it is so cramped inside, the citizens spend most of their time outside. Hence, the street is extraordinarily vibrant.

Banh xeo - a speciality of Vietnam

Banh Xeo – a speciality of Vietnam

Su Van Hanh Street attracts Saigon foodie with dozens of street vendors, food stalls, eateries, cafes, and bars. You will catch the image of people (young and old, families to groups of friends) seating on the plastic stools and tucking in the plentiful street treats.

“BanhXeo”, the Vietnamese Crepe made of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, is the speciality of this street. The cake is pan-fried with a variety of ingredients such as pork slices, shrimps, sliced onions, bean sprouts, and mushrooms. You can get the best taste when eating it with lettuce, herbs and sweet fermented peanut butter sauce. The favourite addresses for banh xeo on Su Van Hạnh Street are at Lô H (Block H) like 004 and Tai Phat food stalls. Eating this great appetizer is among the great things to do in Saigon.

3. Vinh Khanh Street.

District 4

VinhKhanh Street is one of the most haunted destinations for street food in Saigon, especially seafood. The nightlife on the street is dynamic and crowded with teenagers and youngsters who are hunkering down at plastic tables and stools, cracking crab legs, splitting cells, and clinking glasses of beer. The street is always chaotic and busy, representing the lifestyle of Saigon-ers.

VinhKhanh is the paradise of seafood

VinhKhanh is the paradise of seafood

ỐcOanh at 534 Vinh Khanh and Quán BBQ Lúa at 33 Vinh Khanh are the two most crowded eateries. Visitors will obviously whet their appetite for the heavenly tasty seafood and meat at these stalls. Ốc hương rang muối ớt (fried sea snails with salt and chilli), sò điệp nướng mỡ hành(grilled scallops with spring onions and peanuts), and sườn heo ngũ vị (pork ribs in five spice marinade) are must-try dishes that you should not ignore.

Additionally, some streets like Phan Van Han Street in Binh Thanh District, Co Giang Street at District 1, and Nguyen Thuong Hien Street in District 3 are also meccas for street food enthusiasts which offer many delicacies. If you are a foodaholic, it would be a huge regret if you leave Saigon without paying a visit to these streets and sampling the Saigon delicacies there.