Do you want to try having dinner at the side of some Saigon street? The following dishes as well as restaurants in Vietnam culinary tours will help you.
Dumping ground broken rice
You should not miss broken rice when having Vietnam street food tours. It is a popular dish in Saigon cuisine. There are various street restaurants serving this but the most famous one is probably the “dumping ground” restaurant.
You should not be afraid of its name because it is just a funny joke made by the locals and regular customers of the restaurant. The owner here is Ms.Bay, who never gave her famous business a name. And her restaurant is accidentally located behind Xom Chieu Market, where people take out the trash. That is where the name “dumping ground” restaurant is given.
Different from that, it is situated on a wide sidewalk and always carefully cleaned. Instead of using glass storage cabinets like other restaurants, Ms.Bay arrange the dishes on two tables.
You will find a great number of common Vietnamese foods to come with broken rice, such as ribs, roasted lean and fat meat mixed, fried chicken, and cuttle-fish stuffed with meat. The rice here is steaming hot, soft, and sweet-smelling.
This is why “dumping ground” restaurant is very crowded every day. Although the price here triples other restaurants, no customer has complained a word because it is equal to the quality of the food.
- Address: 77 Le Van Linh Street, District 4
Among all of the Chinese foods in Saigon, Tieu porridge is always regarded as the most attractive and exclusive one. Due to the unique recipes and flavors of the dish, there are fewer than 10 restaurants in the city. The one in Ban Co Market is definitely the best restaurant that numerous tourists would love to come.
It impresses diners because of not only its wonderful taste but also its price. One miscellaneous dish here can cost 77,000 dongs ($3.38). However, its quality is precisely more than what you expect. Besides common ingredients like pig organs, you will find various other ones in the dish, such as cuttle-fishes, fishes, minced meat, and mushrooms.
Especially, each dish always tastes greasy thanks to the buttery flavor of eggs. Only when customers order does the cook start heating the porridge. After it is ready, other ingredients are added and allowed to get well done. This is the reason why porridge dishes here are so popular and the restaurant is visited by a large number of connoisseurs every year.
- Address: 51/33 Cao Thang Street, District 3
Pho can be an excellent option if you want to begin your Vietnam-food-tour day. The dish has also been spread worldwide and appeared in the offer of different restaurants around the globe. Nevertheless, only in Vietnam and particularly in Saigon can you experience a brand new flavor.
There is one Pho restaurant which has been well-known for its one of a kind dishes. It is Dau Street Restaurant, located in a small alley on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street. Pho here carries many traditional traits of both Northern and Southern Vietnam.
In over 55 years, the restaurant has never been quiet. Southern citizens come here to try a different taste from their every-day-food. And Northern citizens living in Saigon visit the restaurant to remind themselves of the traditional flavors of their homeland. Although one dish can cost 90,000 dongs ($3.95), the customers have never bargained or complained.
You will not find bean sprouts or vegetables coming with Pho in Dau Restaurant. There are only some green onions to make the dish more attractive. The first thing that you can notice when Pho is served is the clear and sweet odor of its broth.
The noodles are also small, soft, but still tough. The beef is sliced thinly and done in a turn. Looking at the fat in the outer edge of each piece of beef, you will not be able to resist.
- Address: Number 288, Alley 288, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 3
Mixed rice paper
mrvien mixed rice paper
Culinary tours in Vietnam will be disappointed if you don’t try a mixed rice paper. It is an excellent dish for brunches and dinners. The best restaurant in Saigon that you can come and enjoy mixed rice papers is definitely Mr.Vien’s restaurant.
Some years ago, it was famous for being the only place in Saigon where you needed to take a number to have your dish. And because the street was so small, the restaurant was often crowded and caused traffic jams. Now, you cannot find that scene anymore. In fact, you can get your mixed rice paper in less than a minute after ordering.
Mr.Vien, the owner has made all dishes in advance so that customers do not have to spend so much time waiting. A mixed rice paper in Mr.Vien’s restaurant is filled with numerous ingredients, including rice papers, sour mangoes, fried purple onions, peanuts, dried beef, tiny shrimps, quail eggs, mayonnaise sauce, and beef sauce.
Everything is placed in a box. And the only thing you have to do enjoy the dish is spraying beef sauce and mixing all ingredients up. It is a perfect harmony of sourness, sweetness, greasiness, and spiciness. Having traditional recipes, Mr.Vien has created the best-mixed rice papers in Saigon.
The last reason making his restaurant an ideal destination in Vietnam culinary tours is that it is very clean and Mr.Vien is very friendly. So don’t miss the chance to try this outstanding dish in Saigon.
- Address: 38 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, District 3