Southern Vietnam cuisine | What to eat in Mekong Delta

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Apart from the tropical natural landscapes, Southern Vietnamese cuisine, especially Mekong Delta specialties are the ones you should not skip when visiting this area. It can be explained due to the fact that Mekong Delta is a special region covered with an immense network of rivers and canals, along with pristine jungles, which make the citizens here come up with various dishes with the main ingredients are best selected from nature. Fish, vegetables, and seafood are the most common elements displayed in plenty of food. Now you another wide range of choice if you are still wondering what to eat in Vietnam.

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Mekong delicacies

Mekong Delta pancake – Bánh xèo:

You may have heard a lot about Vietnamese pancake even before stepping into the country. In Saigon, night food tours may include this type of food in one of their stops, yet Central Vietnam edition of the pancake is more popular with the size of a pancake is pretty small compared to the original version in Mekong. A crocus colored crunchy yet soft pancake stuffed full of pork, shrimp, bean sprout and sometimes heart of palm, is best used in harmony with sweet and sour fish sauce and fresh veggies. In order to give out an excellent Bánh xèo, a chef must pay a good attention in the first process of taking the best rice to make rice powder. Selected rice is then soaked and smashed with a little of saffron powder with the aim of forming the shining yellow in the end. Bánh xèo can be found almost everywhere across the region of Mekong Delta. Hence, do not forget to ask locals for a help in checking in the best Bánh xèo restaurant in town. In case you do not have a chance to visit Mekong Delta, then hit up with a Southern Vietnam culinary tour and do not forget to request Mekong pancake in the list of your night food tour.

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Crunchy Mekong pancake

Grilled snake-head – Cá lóc nướng trui:

This is definitely one of the most favored dishes fathers and granddads are pretty keen on. By the way, before getting deeper into the dish, snake-head is a type of freshwater fish, not a reptile. Fish, when put atop a low-fired charcoal, must be freshly caught, which then creates a soft and sweet savor in the mouth. Side dish fish sauce is usually mixed with tamarind giving a slightly sour, salty and sweet all at once, sometimes added with a little bit of chili. Fish must be in good size and still covered fully in scales, which is then placed on the top of a charcoal or wrapped in straw and set on fire.

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Grilled snake-head

Fermented fish hotpot – Lẩu mắm:

To many Mekong Delta dwellers, Fermented fish hotpot is something delicious and low-cost at the same time, which you can almost spot out at many of their special occasions. Based on each specific taste of different diners, various ingredients would be used accordingly. However, the essential element is fermented Siamese mud carp, snake-head or snakeskin gourami for the making of broth that creates a distinctive taste for this hot pot. Side dish veggies must be okra, morning glory, common sesban, banana blossom, lotus root, and star-fruit. That moment when you are gathering around a blazing fermented fish hot pot in the middle of a chilly night is something you will never forget.

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Fermented fish hot pot

Fish noodle – Bún cá:

The finalist in this Southern Vietnam culinary tour list is fish noodle, one of the most sought-after dishes in Mekong Delta. Depending on each specific area of the region, fish noodle will vary accordingly. However, that one mutual feature is to use snake-head and various types of fermented paste to create that one iconic savor and smell, along with the limpidness of broth. A standard bowl of Bún cá contains boiled broth, the delightfully aromatic smell of fermented paste, soft fish, fresh shrimp, and of course the purely white vermicelli noodles.

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Fish noodle

Now equipped with this guideline, you will have zero worries about where to eat in Southern Vietnam. The finest eateries offering these type of food are simply everywhere all over every single province in Mekong Delta.

Ad-lib Saigon street food areas roundup | Emblematic names

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When the topic of Saigon cuisine is put on the scale, it may take us a lifetime to confirm how burdensome it is. Saigon culinary tour is now something extremely prevalent that you may only need a finger snap to own a high-ranking local food tour guide advise you what to be served when night falls. With a coverage of over 2000 square kilometers, have you ever wondered that how many food stalls, bistros, restaurants, and eateries are located within the domain of Saigon? The answer is obviously COUNTLESS. However, this inquiry seems to get a lot easier when it turns out to be a simple map dividing Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City, into smaller specific localities with their own distinctive gastronomy assets. Below listed a walkover on where to locate different Saigon food zones like a local pro.

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Street food vendor

Local markets archive:

Let’s kick start out guideline by listing down some famous local markets before everything. Why is that? Markets are endless sources of nutrition and inspiration where the best of the best is found. It may sound a little absurd when some of you may incite Saigon’s fine-dining bistros into the list. The thing is, most of the country’s culinary quintessence was started in the hands of mothers, long before high-end eateries were even born, and it may date back to thousands of years ago when markets were first formed.

In Saigon today, any local market owns a separate food court inside of which. Apart from Bến Thành, which is hands down the largest market that I do not need to even mention, other names you can step into are Bà Chiểu, Hồ Thị Kỷ, Tân Định, Bàn Cờ and a lot more. Daily dishes are what you can find here. For instance, common names that Vietnamese cannot live without, such as rice noodles, egg noodles, vermicelli noodles, Phở, broken rice, soup, spring rolls, pancakes and so on. Here is a tip for you, most of these markets are open at daytime, which means the best hours of the day for you to come to visit vary in the very first section of a day.

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Tân Định Market

District 4 – Paradise of Hotpot and BBQ

Lied across a small segment of Saigon River, District 4 is now a sensational icon with long chains of BBQ and Hotpot eateries queued up along both sides of little thoroughfares. One thing you should keep in mind is that not the whole coverage of District 4 is used for BBQ and Hotpot only, but a part of which. Vĩnh Khánh Street is a familiar name to native Saigonese when a desire for tasty smoky meat is aroused in the middle of a hot night. Otherwise, try moving a little further to Xóm Chiếu and Đoàn Văn Bơ areas. These are tiny alleys crossing one another which makes them look exactly like a chessboard. Yet a variety of Vietnamese desserts show up at almost every single corner.

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Vietnamese BBQ

Chinatown – Little Hong Kong in the heart of Saigon

There is no doubt that our third candidate is saved for Chinese food this time. I must admit that Chinatown is found everywhere on the Globe’s surface, but the fusion and harmony of Chinese food added an elegant savor of Vietnamese essence will differentiate Saigon’s Cholon to any other namesakes (P/s: Cholon is a colloquial term for Chinatown).

Dating back to 300 years ago, the history of Cholon may amuse you with the same level of its culinary culture. A huge collection of Dimsum treats sweet soup dessert and noodles food stalls all make Cholon as great as always. Various Saigon food tours offer diversified packages towards hidden spots around these areas so there is no worry about getting lost at where to start.

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Hà Ký sweet dessert in Chinatown

Downtown alleys combination

Last but not least, downtown Hẻm (Alleys) in Saigon is where you can recognize the core values for the true street food of Saigon. I am not overestimating the meaning and role these Hẻm are playing. Their long existence must be based on some reasons. Let’s get started!

Cô Giang Street in District 1 actually lives up when the Sun is gone. The place is notable for its string of Bò Lá Lốt spots. To be clear, Bò Lá Lốt is literally translated into Grilled beef wrapped with betel leaves. Some Saigon food tour companies will pick this dish as a type of starter.

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A portion of Bò Lá Lốt

Cao Thắng Alley in District 3, meanwhile, will offer you Phá Lấu (Stewed Cow’s intestines with coconut juice), stir-fried noodles, soup noodles, flans, hotpot, smoothies and the list goes on.

Hồ Con Rùa, or Turtle Lake, a large manmade lake lied in between District 1 and District 3 at around 6 p.m is virtually lively. Covering a small area on the surface of the lake, Hồ Con Rùa is where you can find local Vietnamese fast food such as beef balls, tofu, sausage, Okra, soup, stir-fried corn and so on.

There is one thing for sure that my list above will definitely not end Saigon street food list right there. These are simply iconic roundups just in case you have no idea where to start your night. The best way to fulfill your stomach in the most “pro” way is to have a local companion with you. Imagine sneaking through the insane traffic at night and sit on the tiny plastic chairs place on the pavements while surrounded by locals, this is going to be one of the best memories you can ever have in Vietnam.

Top 5 best vermicelli with marinated char-grilled pork restaurants in Saigon

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If you are in Saigon or about to take a trip to this place, then remember to try “bun thit nuong” (vermicelli with marinated char-grilled pork) – a famous Saigon food. A delicious dish has an affordable price but the taste is rated 10 out of 10. So, today let’s learn about the places having the best vermicelli with char-grilled pork in Saigon.

Bun thit nuong Hai Dang

Mentioning the vermicelli with marinated char-grilled pork in Saigon, you definitely cannot ignore Hai Dang restaurant. Because of that, Saigon does not lack good grilled pork restaurant but Hai Dang is always the favorite place of many local people as well as visitors during their Saigon Vietnam culinary tours. Normally, the vermicelli with marinated char-grilled pork will be sold in one bowl full of vegetables, grilled pork, and also the sauce but in Hai Dang restaurant, this dish is served in separate bowls of vermicelli, vegetables and sauce. So, you can comfortably flavor to suit your personal taste.

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Bun thit nuong Hai Dang”

  • Price: 25,000 VND/bowl
  • Address: 145 – 157 Chan Hung, Ward 6, Tan Binh Dist.
  • Opening hours: 11a.m. – 10 p.m.

Bun thit nuong Anh Ba

Contrary to the rustic name, this restaurant cares more about the architecture of space inside than others that we often see. In particular, the dishes here are also laid out beautifully and the menu is rich with a variety of different dishes: not only the traditional vermicelli with marinated char-grilled pork but also vermicelli with marinated char-grilled shrimp or egg rolls. Thus, the price is slightly higher than other restaurants and so is the quality. Besides, the attitude of the staff in the restaurant is very enthusiastic, gentle, and nice, which is another plus point for this restaurant.

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Bun thit nuong anh Ba

  • Price: 45,000 VND – 55,000 VND/bowl
  • Address: 126 Le Van Sy, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan Dist.
  • Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 11p.m.

Bun thit nuong Co Ba

Co Ba restaurant is a popular eatery located in the center of District 3. It is always crowded with customers but because of the small space inside and parking area, most of them choose to take away. Although there are 5 main dishes, the most famous one here is undoubtedly vermicelli with marinated char-grilled pork and grilled meatball. The meat here is marinated and grilled well with beautiful color while vegetables and vermicelli are also cut and prepared carefully to ensure hygiene. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say that Co Ba restaurant is a must-visit place in your Saigon food tours.

  • Price: 30,000 VND – 35,000 VND
  • Address: 287/68 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 3
  • Opening hours: 2pm – 9pm

Bun thit nuong Chi Tuyen

The restaurant is located at the beginning of the road but the parking area is located on the opposite. In this restaurant, there are “banh hoi” with grilled pork, vermicelli, steamed bread, etc. One special point of the restaurant is very big and delicious egg roll. Marinated grilled pork is also quite soft and delicious, in addition to the sweet and sour sauce. In general, one bowl of vermicelli with marinated char-grilled pork consists of 1 big egg roll, grilled pork and a lot of vegetables.

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Bun thit nuong chi Tuyen

  • Price: 45,000 VND
  • Address: 195 Co Giang, Dist 1
  • Opening hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Bun thit nuong vi Saigon

Bun thit nuong vi Saigon restaurant is one of the brands associated with traditional dishes of the Vietnamese in general as well as Saigon cuisine in particular. Beside the famous vermicelli with marinated char-grilled pork, the restaurant also serves other dishes such as vermicelli with stir-fried beef, grilled shrimp, spring rolls, etc. so that the customers can freely choose and change the taste during their Saigon food tours. In addition to vermicelli, the menu of the restaurant is exceptionally diverse with other types such as bamboo rice, “banh hoi thit nuong”, steamed bread, grilled beef, etc.

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Bun thit nuong vi Saigon

  • Price: 30,000 VND – 45,000 VND
  • Address: 487 Nguyen Tri Phuong, District 10
  • Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Top desserts in Saigon this summer

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Vietnam food tours today will show you top desserts in Saigon. These desserts were very popular with Saigon teenagers during this period of time.

1/ Carp Pudding:

A carp is put in front of you – fresh and shiny as real, but actually, it is made from coconut or mango. This is an extremely popular dessert of Hong Kong that recently began to appear and became extremely famous thanks to its eye-catching look. That is why many of Saigon teenagers went to the restaurant located on Bui Huu Nghia Street District 5 to enjoy and take photos.

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Only 35.000 dongs for a dish of Carp Pudding like this

Made entirely from coconut milk and milk, so for anyone who does not like sweet, this dish can be “super bad”.

If you want to eat less sweet, you can choose mango pudding, also done in a fish shape, but the size is much smaller, inside there are sweet and sour mango. With this eye-catching look, you probably understand why this dish has so far everywhere on Instagram and should be chosen for a Saigon food tour in particular, Vietnam food tour in general.

Fruit pizza

Being a time and a trend of healthy food, so fruits or low-fat foods are very popular among Saigon’s youngsters and the recent emergence is fruit pizza. This is an ideal dessert for tourist when joining a tour of street food of Vietnam.

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A delicious dish of fruit pizza

In appearance, it is basically the same as ordinary salty pizza, with thin cake and topping on the face. But instead of the usual pizza made from meat, seafood, or cheese, this is completely replaced with fresh fruit and some cream on the face as a traditional cheese, above the face there is a layer of Oregano – a type of vegetable that is often sprinkled on the face of most types of pizza, so whether the fruit, due to this layer, vegetarian pizza also has the familiar taste like “normal pizza.”

Herbal jelly:

The weather in Saigon is always hot, so cold and cool dishes are always in the best seller. And recently, Taiwan’s famous herbal jelly has created a trend with young people in Saigon because of the unique, cool taste and it is extremely delicious.

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A bowl of herbal jelly is perfect for a hot day in Saigon

There are a variety of toppings can be blended with the herbal jelly-like green beans, red beans, flexible boba nut, noodle jelly or taro pudding, sweet potatoes. All will be placed on top of a super-fine grind ice with a little sauce or cream to eat. When taking part in South Vietnam food tours, you should not forget to taste this special dish.

Appeared in Saigon in only a short time, this dish suddenly becomes a favorite dish at noon. It is important that the more you eat this dish, the cooler you feel in your body, cool from the body to the outside because it is made from herbs that help heat dissipation and cooling.

Binsu Cantaloupe

About 3 months ago, at a cafe located in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City suddenly became a “check-in” place continuously because of the appearance of binsu super-monumental and extremely large.

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Binsu Cantaloupe makes the people hate to eat also have to praise

But the thing you like most is that the binsu is made from a Cantaloupe, with the whole of the meat is curled round and decorated fully on the face, while inside is the fat cream and ice blended. Especially there is a little honey or chocolate sauce to eat together.

The dish is just beautiful, just big, delicious with all the flavors are mixed together so this dish has been “hunted” for a long time and up to now, the ice cream binsu shop in Saigon appeared more and more, spread to Hanoi and some other cities.

Super-cute shaped ice cream:

An extremely popular cream- animal style version of Thailand recently became popular around the Nguyen Hue Pedestrian street.

At a price of nearly 30.000 dongs for a cream with all kinds of cute and eye-catching decoration, a completely different style from the traditional ice cream sticks before, has made this ice cream always in a state of overload and people have to queue to buy.

This ice cream has a total of about 10 different flavors such as chocolate, vanilla, mango, mint, strawberry, fruit syrup … in all shapes from heart, chocolate bar, spirals or even foot, … so in addition to enjoying ice cream, this is also the food youngsters like to take photos most in the Vietnam food tour. Even the famous artists of Saigon are catching up with the trend of this ice cream.

Fish cream

It is also cream, but this is fresh cream, not ice cream as above. Especially, this cream is served with a cake with the same taste as a waffle but it has a golden grilled fish under the cream.

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Fresh cream in a fish shape

Basically, the taste is the same as other fresh ice creams, but because of its special shape that many teenagers have come to enjoy and take pictures.

Bot Chien – the snack of the people in Saigon

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It is a big mistake if you miss Bot Chien during your Saigon food tour as it is one of the most famous must-eat dishes in Saigon.

Coming to Saigon, mentioning about Saigon cuisine, the visitors will easily think about Broken rice. However, Saigon food guides will show you the most well-known dish in Saigon which is Bot Chien or Fried rice flour cake with egg. The yellow square dough is mixed with fried eggs, accompanied with sauce has long become a familiar dish of Saigon diners. This delicious dish has contributed to the variety of Vietnam cuisine in general and Saigon cuisine in particular.

Bot Chien appeared in Saigon since the Chinese immigrated to Southern Vietnam. This is one of the popular food of many people, especially the young.

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This is one of the popular food of many people

How to make Bot Chien?

Bot Chien is processed in many steps but not too fussy. First, the chef will take pieces of steamed cooked dough and slice it into the small square and thick pieces. Then pour oil coated pan surface and drop the dough into the pan.

When the fried dough pieces turn into yellow color, the chef smashes the egg and spread it onto the dough. Eggs should be spread evenly in order to avoid being bored while eating. Normally, the eateries add little green onions to add some green to decorate the dish. After flipping the two sides, the fried dough will be picked up and ready to serve diners.

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Bot Chien is processed in many steps but not too fussy

Drain the dipping sauce into the dishes and mix well, you can enjoy this dish. The fat of the egg, crispy aroma of flour, light sour of vegetable pickles with the tasty sauce will make Bot Chien become an unforgettable afternoon snack to the people and visitors from every corner of the country when visiting Saigon.

This dish is placed on a small plate, served with vegetables pickles and sauces. The sauce will be prepared depending on each chef, but usually, the main ingredients are diluted soy sauce, sugar, and vinegar. Sellers put the vegetable pickle on top of Bot Chien, and the sauce is filled in a small bowl.

You can easily find a Bot Chien eatery in Saigon

Bot Chien is usually prepared and served in smaller or more traditional restaurants, on strollers on the sidewalk. Saigon people always tell that Bot Chien in Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, District 3, Vo Van Tan, or Tran Dinh Xu – District 1 is delicious with reasonable prices from 15,000 to 25,000 VND.

Located on Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, this Bot Chien eatery has opened for 30 years. The ingredients for making a dish are prepared by the family every day. The flour is the decisive factor of the dish. The dough after frying should be soft, not sticky or tough. In addition to the two main ingredients are flour and eggs, the dish also includes scallions and greaves.

Like other restaurants in Saigon, Bot Chien at this address also added soy sauce and served papaya salad. Soy sauce in the eatery is aromatic, papaya is crunchy and not too sour. Pour the waving sauce on the plate and then scoop up small pieces of flour, eaten with papaya, you will feel the full flavor of the dish. The price for a meal is 26,000 VND.

The shop is open from 16:00 every day but from 17:00 there are crowded. You have to come before the open time in case there are too many people. In addition to the famous Bot Chien dish, the menu also includes dried beef salad, chives cakes, fried macaroni, taro, dumpling and many other delicious dishes,

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A dried beef salad dish price is about 20,000 VND a plate.

The spring roll is also a favorite dish of many customers. Each roll price is 7,000 VND. The Popiah in this restaurant is made from lettuce, cassava, sausage and dried shrimp, which is appreciated by many guests for the price of 4,000 VND per roll. The restaurant also serves a variety of soft drinks such as chives, orange juice, fresh milk, lemon, salt, fresh water, etc.

Bot Chien is really a delicious dish of many generations in Saigon. With Saigon food tour, you will have a chance to experience this tasty food. Furthermore, there are also many dishes in Saigon waiting you to explore. Don’t miss it.

4 street foods that you will never forget in Saigon Vietnam culinary tours

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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.

Broken rice

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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

Tieu porridge

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Tieu porridge

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

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Pho dau

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

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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

Top 5 breakfasts in Saigon to discover Vietnam cuisine

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Discovering the cuisine of a country is also a way to discover its people and traditions. Today, let’s take a look at 5 best breakfasts in Saigon to find out whether Vietnam cuisine is like what you thought it would be.

Saute bread (Bánh mì chảo)

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Sauté bread Saigon

Saute bread is the best Vietnam food in the morning that can give you enough energy for a long day. It depends on the specific recipe of each restaurant that saute bread has different foods to come with. However, a common dish is composed of two sunny-side-up eggs, sausages, ham, jambon, and liver pate. All are placed on a pan.

The secret lies in the eggs, which need to have a certain consistency and still melt when your pork touches them. To do that, they must be fried on medium heat and done to a turn. The more skillful the cook is, the tastier the dish can be.

If the bread that comes with it is baked until hot and crispy, your saute bread will be perfect. After adding some peppers, green onions, and vegetables, you can enjoy the dish immediately. This is a common food to Saigon people due to the harmony of all flavors just on a small pan.

Broken rice (Cơm tấm)

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Broken rice Saigon

This is an original dish from Southern Vietnam, which has been spread to all regions in the country and even foreign nations. Nevertheless, according to various connoisseurs, only in Saigon can broken rice has its unique flavor. The main ingredient of the dish is the rest of the rice after it is crushed and ground. Because there is still bran in it, broken rice is very delicious and nutritious.

Therefore, it provides you with enough nutrients for a whole day of working or traveling. The most common foods that come with this dish are ribs, fish sauce, and fried purple onions. Having diverse flavors and many colors from ingredients, broken rice is one of the top breakfasts in Saigon.

Although it has a lot of variants with pork or meat pies at the moment, the traditional recipe is preferred the most.

Beef noodle soup (Bún bò)

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Beef noodle soup saigon

You can find beef noodle soup almost everywhere in Saigon. The citizens have it for not only breakfast but also lunch and dinner. Starting from Central Vietnam, the dish has rapidly spread to Southern Vietnam and become one of the best Saigon foods.

After it is imported into Saigon, the cooks have reduced the spiciness and increased the sweetness in its broth. Particularly, the pig feet is added to make the dish more complete and meet the flavors of people in Southern Vietnam. 

To satisfy clients, most restaurants in Saigon make the broth by stewing beef bones and ribs in 10 to 12 hours instead of adding seasoning powder. That is why beef noodle soup always has a bland flavor, bringing us a nice warm meal in the morning. There is nothing better than sitting in the restaurant in winter and enjoy a hot bowl of beef noodle soup.

Steamed rolled rice pancake (Bánh cuốn)

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Steamed rolled rice pancake saigon

When you cannot decide what to eat in Vietnam for breakfast, steamed rolled rice pancakes will be an excellent option. Original from Northern Vietnam, the dish has been “Saigonized” and strongly affected by cuisines of the Chinese living in Saigon.

In Northern Vietnam, steamed rolled rice pancake comes with fried purple onions and roasted cinnamon pork. But in Saigon, it comes with sweet-and-sour fish sauce and chili peppers. Besides common foods such as fermented pork roll, you will find having the dish with purple taro cakes very interesting.

Don’t miss the chance to try a steamed rolled rice pancake when visiting Saigon. It will tell you the most precious values of Southern cuisines. There are a lot of restaurants serving steamed rolled rice pancakes in the city so looking for them is very easy.

Beef cooked with brine (Bò kho)

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Beef cooked with brine saigon

At first glance, beef cooked with brine is somehow similar to ragu or curry in Western countries. Nonetheless, this breakfast dish is completely different. It is much milder than curry in both of its outlook and taste. The broth of beef cooked with brine is less consistent and its flavor is also not as mature as curry.

In fact, the dish has an exclusively sweet taste, which shows a unique Vietnam cuisine and is perfectly fit with the eating habits of people from Southern Vietnam. That is why it is not only a common breakfast but also a famous food to eat between meals.

Because its broth is quite watery so the dish often comes with bread, rice, or noodles. Hence, sometimes, you will see some restaurants serve beef-cooked-with-brine noodle as a special dish. It is simply a variant of the originally popular dish that we love.

A guide into nightlife in Saigon

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Nightlife in Saigon, the biggest, most modern and most bustling city of Vietnam, means very different things in different corners.

Down in district 1, smooth jazz bands, high rolling casinos, and rooftop bars are ideal choice forms of nightlife joy in the downtown. The nearby district 3, however, with its boisterous street bars, budget eateries, and good time vibe, is surely the place to be when night falls. Whatever your favorite nightlife experience in Saigon can be, top 5 guides into nightlife in Saigon from streetfoodofsaigon below will embark you onto a trip of real excitement.

Cocktail at the rooftop bar

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Try some cocktails (Source: Internet)

Saigon is no doubt the number one place in Vietnam to offer you one of the most impressive collections of rooftop bars all around the globe. From the modern style of the Chill Sky bar, the chic and the colonial charm of Saigon, a rooftop spot is always here, in Saigon, to suit your any mood. Don’t forget to sit back, treat yourself to a cocktail while soaking up the appealing view of Saigon from sundown till the early hours of daybreak.

Get lucky at a casino

Get some luck at a casino

Get some luck at a casino (Source: Internet)

Some of the best hotels in the heart of Saigon offer casinos within, which means you can hit the roulette table, get lucky on the slot machines or play some mah-jong. For those who are interested in casino, the two biggest casinos in the city are located in the Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Tower and the Caravelle Hotel. Casinos in Saigon is no the scale of Las Vegas, but still, having a flutter is an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

Live music bars

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Live music bar (Source: Internet)

If you are a die-hard fan of live music, Saigon is definitely the place you are looking for. From heavy rock to smooth jazz and everything in between, there is likely a club or a bar that caters to your music tastes. Gather your best buddies and go soak up in the lost frequencies. It’s time to forget all about your stress and the busy outside life, just you and music!

Dinner cruise down the Saigon River

Dinner cruise down the Saigon River

Dinner cruise down the Saigon River (Source: Internet)

For something romance in Saigon, what could be better than taking a leisure cruise down the Saigon River? The Bonsai Dinner Cruise is an ideal choice for a romantic night. Alongside with a scrumptious feast of Western and Vietnamese cuisine, there is also a traditional Vietnamese dance on board and a live jazz performance to enjoy.

Bia Hoi on Pham Ngu Lao

Bia Hoi on Pham Ngu Lao

Bia Hoi on Pham Ngu Lao (Source: Internet)

Come last in the least, yet, not the least important guide into nightlife in Saigon is to some Bia Hoi (Vietnamese name of the beer) on Pham Ngu Lao, District 3. This corner is the hub for backpackers from different parts of the world, welcomes a healthy mix of local Vietnamese and foreigners who randomly sit down together, drinking cheap beers on small plastic stools and chat away the night, all along the street. Reasonably-priced restaurants can be easily spotted, as well as several nightclubs if you want to hit the dance for later at midnight.

Hopefully, the above-mentioned information has given you useful guide into nightlife in Saigon. Come and join!

4 top delicious food stalls in Saigon

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Delicious dishes with affordable prices have made these 4 food stalls famous among Saigon people. Having a food tour around Saigon, you should not miss these.

Hu Tieu Ca Can

There are many stalls selling “hu tieu” in Saigon, but Hu tieu Ca Can is the most delicious. In this stall, hu tieu is cooked in My Tho’s cooking method. The stall is located at the intersection of Nguyen Tri Phuong and Hung Vuong Streets. The space is very simple, even the sign “Hu tieu Ca Can” is faint with dust. However, it is always crowded from morning till afternoon.

A bowl of hu tieu is filled with many layers of ground meat, boiled shrimps, dried shrimps, and dried garlic. But what’s unique and what makes the difference here is the sweet and sour sauce, which is unlike any flavors of other stalls or restaurants.

Bun rieu ganh – Ben Thanh Market

Bun Rieu Ganh

Bun rieu ganh-Ben Thanh market (Source: Internet)

Talking about popular eateries in Saigon, it is impossible not to mention “bun rieu ganh” of Ben Thanh market. Over 30 years, this stalls has become the familiar address of many Saigon people.

A bowl of rice noodles here is not too big, but the quality with broth, fried tofu, pork, tomato slices and large “rieu” are cover the whole bowl. Each bowl of rice noodles here is served with a small bowl of fresh vegetables and a plate of sauce consisting of shrimp, tamarind, and chili flavors.

Bun dau Mrs. Khan

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Bun dau Mrs Khan (Source: Internet)

As one of the pioneers who bring “bun dau mam tom” to Saigon, there is no surprise that this stall of Mrs. Khan easily won the hearts of many Saigon people. Because this street food is such an easy dish to eat and is too addictive that this stall is always full of tables.

This stall lies in Cong Quynh Street with simple decoration and it specializes in bun dau (dried rice noodles eating with fried tofu, boiled pork, cucumbers, and herbs, …). Besides, there are other dishes such as bun gia cay or bun oc chuoi dau and other northern snacks such as pillow cakes or fried rolls…

Oc Dao

snail dishes at Oc Dao

Snail dishes at Oc Dao (Source: Internet)

Located in Saigon center, the famous snail stall Oc Dao on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street can never be missed when it comes to Saigon street food stalls. It’s not only famous for its delicious snail dishes but also accidental celebrities’ meetings.

To many foodies, the quality of dishes here is impeccable: good seasoning with fresh, tough, and firm snail. Therefore, there is a funny saying that when eating snails in Oc Dao, people just want to get bread to eat all the sauce on the snail dish so that the owners do need to wash dishes because they’re too clean. Another plus point for this stall is that fast serving that diners rarely have to wait.

6 well-known specialties of Saigon

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One of the great joys of the Saigon people is that they always have amazing delicacies to munch on. Strolling along Saigon streets, you will find countless shops serving bounteous kinds of Saigon street food. Entrée or side dishes are all tasty and try-worthy. If this is your first visit to Sai Gon, you definitely ought to try the below food list from streetfoodofsaigon:

Saigon street food

Sai Gon Street food (Source: Internet)

1. Saigon Broken Rice

When it comes to Sai Gon, the first eat everyone will probably think of is "Broken Rice". This is so familiar that the Saigonese may delightedly have it from breakfast till… dinner! (3 bowls a day). This is also one of the signature dishes of Vietnam cuisine. Other provinces also have their own “Broken Rice” which replicates the style of Saigon’s “Broken Rice” but of course they are not up to par, not to say Saigon’s iconic viand’s level.

Saigon Broken Rice

Saigon Broken Rice (Source: Internet)

This dish is called “Broken Rice” because it was previously cooked from rice which was cracked, i.e broken or has crooked form, not “beautiful enough” to be classified as high-quality rice. The most popular one is broken rice with grilled ribs, but with the huge creativity of Vietnamese cooks, other versions have been brought to life as well such as “Broken Rice” with roasted chicken, shredded pork, or sunny-side-ups …

2. Hu Tieu Ca

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Hu Tieu Ca (Fish Rice Noodles)

Fish Noodle is a famous dish of Chinese originated Saigonese in Saigon. The kind of fish used for this dish is fresh snakehead fish. They are got rid of bones, then cleaned, sliced and marinated with salt and seasoning. The stock is made from pig bones so it has a special flavor. Added to the soup, except the popular herbs, is another special spice known as Cambodian cabbage. Fish noodle will be served with lettuce, mung bean sprout, chili, lemon wedges and soy sauce.

3. Nam Vang Rice Vermicelli

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Nam Vang (Phnom Penh) Rice Noodle (Source: Internet)

Nam Vang Rice Noodle is known as a "multi-ethnic" dish because it originates from Cambodia but processed by the Chinese and served in .. Sai Gon. Noodle is also as popular as “Broken Rice” in Saigon city but Nam Vang Noodle has its own taste made of its variety of materials.

Nam Vang Rice Noodle originally has pork chunks and minced pork but in Saigon, it is “recreated” with many kinds of foodstuffs such as shrimp, pig’s liver, quail egg, squid, etc. And the indispensable ingredients when enjoying Nam Vang Rice Noodle are vegetables like cilantro, tongho, chive, and sprout. There are two types of Nam Vang Rice Noodle, dry noodles, and broth-based one. Dry noodles are added with soy sauce, fried garlic and a bowl of soup.

4. Green Papaya Salad

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Green Papaya Salad With Shredded Jerky (Source: Internet)

With the sweetness of the beef sauce and crunchiness of papaya, the Vienam groovy cuisine Papaya Salad With Shredded Jerky is another favorite of Saigon people. The price is about 15,000 VND -18,000 VND (less than 1$) per plate. Many young people often go out together to eat this scrumptious salad when in the mood for something tasty. The bestselling papaya salad stall is probably at Le Van Tam Park, District 3. When you arrive there, someone will give you a tiny stool to sit around the tree. After ordering, a person will bring a dish of the papaya salad for you. The papaya salad in Le Van Tam Park is just a pavement stall but has existed for decades. The seller there adds a few pieces of crispy souffle on the dish so its taste is more special than others.

5. Ravioli Soup

Ravioli Soup is an acclaimed eat of Chinese cuisine. On the scale of Saigon in particular and Vietnam in general, not only Chinatown has Ravioli Soup, but the restaurants owned by original Chinese has been creating the up to par dish as well.

In Saigon, Ravioli Soup is sold in diverse streets and the most noteworthy one is Ha Ton Quyen Street (District 11) with over dozens of eateries serving this dish. The Ravioli Soup process is almost identical to that of wonton but Ravioli's size is larger and it has more ingredients in the filler. Now people are generally made it from shrimp, pork, vegetables …which are minced, mixed, added with condiments reasonably and wrapped by the wonton wrapper. Ravioli can be processed in many ways, such as cooking into soup, steaming or frying, and usually served with choysum, low in fat and palatable. It is an amazing choice for your Saigon food tours.

6. Milk Tea

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Milk tea (Source: Internet)

The above is about What to eat in Saigon, what about what to drink? In every corner of Saigon, milk tea is sold near and far. Believe it or not, each milk tea shop has its own smashing flavor. If you do not like sitting in shops to enjoy milk tea, the takeaway is your best bet.  Phuc Long milk tea is in the mainstream today.

Considered as a groovy location, Bach Dang Wharf earns its stripes in this the map of the best Milk Tea shops in Sai Gon. There is no place more appropriate than this spot to chew the fat with your cronies. The milk tea has a quite strong tea base, so you may be "intoxicated" if you drink it when your stomach is empty. However, it is an adored beverage for many young folks.