Ho Chi Minh City is known as one of the most amazing destinations to visit in the South of Vietnam with many historic sites, diverse culture and Vietnam street food. In this article, we will introduce you to some top must-eat Vietnamese food. Let’s look at these amazing recommendations for your food tour in this southern city.
Com tam (broken rice)
The first dish in the top 4 of Vietnam food we would like to recommend is com tam, a common dish in Sai Gon people. Com tam means broken rice in Vietnamese since the rice is much smaller than the normal ones.
The Saigon food tour would not be complete without com tam
Com tam is made of cooked rice and many kinds of toppings, for example, fried eggs, grilled pork chop, fried pork chop, shredded pork skin, etc. Customers can choose the toppings depending on their own tastes, however, we highly recommend com tam with the barbecued pork chop. The dish is always served with pickled cucumber, pickled radish, and some sliced carrot in order to make the dish less fatty.
- Price: VND 35,000 – VND 50,000
We suggest some restaurants famous for delicious com tam:
- Com tam bui Sai Gon (67 Nguyen Huu Cau, District 1)
- Com tam Thuan Kieu (54 Thuan Kieu, District 11)
- Com tam Ba Ghien (84 Dang Van Ngu, Phu Nhuan District)
Banh mi, one of the most popular dishes in Sai Gon is the next one you should try during your food tour in Sai Gon. Banh my or Vietnamese baguette includes of baguette and many kinds of fillings like duck pate, Vietnamese sausages, fried eggs, roasted pork belly, pickled cucumber, cilantro and much more. In long-lasting banh mi restaurant, the chef usually adds a kind of special sauce in order to make it tastier.
Banh mi is the most popular street food in Vietnam
No need to say any more about its amazing flavor, banh mi is so common to Vietnamese that it can be found in every corner of streets, from vendors to street-side restaurants. This baguette is such a perfect combination of Western and Vietnamese cuisine.
- Price: VND 15,000 – VND 35,000
We suggest some addresses for Sai Gon foodies:
- Banh mi Huynh Hoa (Le Thi Rieng St, District 1)
- Banh mi thit nuong (37 Nguyen Trai St, District 1)
- Banh mi Nguyen Sinh (Tran Dinh Xu St, District 1)
Bun thit nuong
While bun cha is one of the must-eat dishes in Hanoi, bun thit nuong is also a specialty that tourists should not miss when visiting Sai Gon. Though bun thit nuong shares many similar materials with bun cha, it will bring you a different experience.
Bun thit nuong is served with many materials
Pickled cucumber, bean sprouts, carrot, chopped peanuts, basil, and barbecued pork belly are put into a bowl of rice vermicelli. When bun thit nuong is served, customers will pour the sweet and salty fish sauce to the dish and mix them together. Enjoy it with a cup of iced tea, you will have an experience like a local.
Price: VND 20,000 – VND 35,000
Here are some recommendations for tourists who love to try bun thit nuong:
- Hai Dang restaurant (Chan Hung St, Tan Binh Dist)
- Anh Ba restaurant (Le Van Si St, Phu Nhuan Dist)
- Thien Bao restaurant (To Hien Thanh St, District 10)
Banh xeo or Vietnamese pancake is the next one in the list of not-to-miss Sai Gon food. Derived from the rural area in Southern Vietnam, banh xeo is made from simple materials that can be found anywhere.
Banh xeo is served with fermented fish sauce
Rice flour, water, egg, and coconut water are mixed together before put in a thick and large pan. Then, shrimps, pork belly, bean sprouts are added to the pan. When it is cooked, the pancake turns yellow and is folded before served on a large plate, accompanied with some Vietnamese herbs like lettuce, mint, basil, and mustard leaves. Wrap a piece of banh xeo, herbs and rice vermicelli in rice paper and dip it in mam nem (fermented fish sauce) will bring the perfect experience to the customers.
- Price: VND 10,000 per 1 banh xeo
Here are some addresses for Sai Gon foodies to come:
- Banh xeo Muoi Xiem (204 Nguyen Trai St, Dist 1)
- Banh xeo Ba Hai (64 Nguyen Trong Tuyen, Phu Nhuan Dist)
- Banh xeo Dinh Cong Trang (49A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1)
Here are the best dishes which you cannot ignore if you have chances to visit Saigon. Your Saigon culinary tours will never be completed without them. Believe that these dishes will become the important part of your tour, which makes you love the city more.