Saigon is one of the largest cities in Vietnam which is also called “the city that never sleeps”. So do not worry about not having anything to deal with your hunger at late night. Life in Saigon always seems to keep moving ceaselessly, even more dynamically when the sun goes down.
Saigon foods have been significant contributors to Vietnamese cuisine. It would be such a pity if you did not experience Saigon’s eating culture, especially at dark hours.
Below destinations hold a bounty of street food in Saigon that you should think about immediately whenever you need something to relish.
Nguyen Thuong Hien Street
Nguyen Thuong Hien is a busy street in District 3 which is acclaimed for the Banh Trang Tron (mixed rice paper) dish. Some food stalls such as Chu Vien and Co Thao have gained good a reputation for this street. Banh Trang Tron has been an all-time-favorite snack in Saigon which can be eaten any time of the day.
Banh Trang Tron is the signature brand of Nguyen Thuong Hien Street
Many roadside restaurants open until dawn. It is such a suitable place to have some booze. Snails and oysters are usually served while people drinking draft beer. They are cooked in various styles from simply boiling to combining with some spicy vegetables.
A corner of Nguyen Thuong Hien Street
Bui Vien Walking Street
Bui Vien Waking Street or Western Backpackers Street is a modest quarter established from four streets: Bui Vien, De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao, and Do Quang Dau. Located at the center of District 1, it is truly a nocturnal quarter. As usual, since 6 pm the atmosphere has become more and more exciting.
Bui Vien Street at peak hour
A large number of foreign travelers has visited Bui Vien which is the reason we called it “The western backpackers street”. Dynamism and the abundance of food are the main factors that attract people to Bui Vien. Recreational activities happen until the middle of the night. Foodstuff is also displayed in almost every corner of the street.
Kho Muc (dried cuttlefish) is be caught easily at Bui Vien. They are prepared right on the vendors’ bikes or on small metal carts. Being grilled on charcoal, Kho Muc is much better and has a sweeter taste. Recently, deep-fried dried cuttlefish has emerged and prevailed over street food of Saigon.
In spite of not being a brand-new dish, Bap Xao (stir-fried corn with dried shrimps) still holds its dominant position. A plenty of people has recognized that Bap Xao at Bui Vien is particularly outstanding. If you had strong drinks, you would need such a balanced dish that helps settle your stomach and stay away from a hangover.
Tan Dinh Night Market
Tan Dinh is a market which is located at the crossroad between Nguyen Huu Cau Street and Hai Ba Trung Street in District 1. Besides trading diverse kinds of good in the morning, Tan Dinh is also a night-street-food market which is a spotlight in Saigon. Almost diners at this market are placed on Hai Ba Trung Street.
Tan Dinh Market has a delightful frontage on Hai Ba Trung Street
Tan Dinh Market does not have a dish that earns its name. However, the market is worth-visiting for the copiousness of supper for a great night. Dishes which are served with hot sauces take up a large part of choices.
People come to Tan Dinh Market is practically looking for something that is light but not leaves them with their still-hungry tummies. A bowl of noddle with fragrant sauce, tempting slices of meat and crisp vegetables is more than enough for a night meal.
Noodles cooked in Chinese style at Tan Dinh Market
If you want to have a dessert to adjust your taste, Che (sweetened porridge) is thoroughly recommended. Apart from bounteous traditional Che made from different kinds of beans and peas, you can also enjoy Che Thai (originates in Thailand) or Sam Bo Luong (a cold, sweet Vietnamese soup originates in Cantonese).
Ho Con Rua (Turtle Lake)
Turtle Lake actually is a roundabout located at the midpoint of three streets: Vo Van Tan, Pham Ngoc Thach and Tran Cao Van in District 1. It is also an artificial fountain equipped with colorful led lights. This is one of the most beloved entertaining areas to Vietnamese young people.
Turtle Lake is crowded at night
A considerable number of street food vendors has increased since Turtle Lake became an attraction. They stand right on the pavements, around the lake with carrying poles or simple pushcarts. The price of food is broadly cheap, depending on each seller but not much difference.
Fried foods are sold countlessly which are rendered as meat swekers. Despite low prices, the flavors are not bad at all. They often pair with chili or tomato sauce and some pickled vegetables.
Fried balls are classic street food in Saigon
That the fountain system at Turtle Lake works every night creates a relaxing space in the center of bustling Saigon. Savouring yummy street food while seating on the edge of the lake and having fun with your friends in such an airy atmosphere will leave you lovely memories of Saigon – a city to remember.