For the past four years, I have been working as City tour guide in Saigon and met loads of people from every single corner on Earth. And one of the best things about being a guide is you can share and learn all at the same time.
So what I have learned from all these foreign friends of mine is that they, or possibly you, somehow do a few research before coming here, and yeah, that is the reason why you guys all come up with a lot of reputed restaurants in the city that somehow helps the places get more “traffic” as days go by. Today’s article is all about highly famous eateries that you can possibly drop by to get the best taste they get to offer.
Banh My Huynh Hoa
I have heard so many times that my guests had mentioned a lot about this place. For those who have no idea what Banh My is like, it is a fusion of both French baguette but Vietnamized in a basic way. A piece of Banh My contains both softness and crunch at the same time.
Just a half of it can make you full
Back to Saigon, the most praised and talked-about Banh My is for sure a little eatery down the street in downtown Saigon getting a long line of people waiting inside out – Banh Mi Huynh Hoa.
Huynh Hoa eatery was easily spotted out by the bright lights shining up the whole area and the huge blocks of sliced meats, jambon, veggies, chili, pork floss, and way many more. Red-shirted Banh My makers seem like their hands never get a rest.
These pieces of pre-sliced meat are madness
Within just inside a small space, yet two different huge cabinets with loads of ingredients packed inside would totally amaze any of you when first entering the shop.
Ba Ghien Broken Rice
So Com Tam, or Broken Rice in English, is my must-pick dish when you ever ask me about what type of distinctive food Saigon can offer. Ba Ghien, a small eatery in District 3 is pretty much where locals usually stop over for a quick lunch. The reason why Ba Ghien gets this reputation for ages as the size of grilled pork displayed on the plate is insane! And not to mention, you had better come here with an empty stomach.
Look how massive this grilled pork is
Chilling on Youtube, you would somehow come up with a famous food blogger Mark Weins, who stated that Broken Rice at Ba Ghien is “the Grand Slam of all Vietnamese Food”.
No need to explain too much more, Pho is the most recognized dish that whenever someone thinks about our country, Pho always comes first.
Pho Hoa restaurant is usually packed
Pho Hoa, a highly reputed Pho restaurant, persistently ranks as one of the best places to taste Pho in Saigon. Pho Hoa Restaurant has been operated by generations of the same family for ages. The broth at Pho Hoa is a secret that somehow adds to the success of the restaurant’s label. A bowl of Pho is massively insane with a huge pinch of steak, beef balls, flanks and the list goes on. You can easily spot out Pho Hoa at the end of Pasteur Street in District 1, as a two-story building fully equipped with Air-Con.
The Lunch Lady
Well, when you happen to type “where to eat in Saigon”, there is a high possibility the results can come up with The Lunch Lady. A couple of years ago, a well-known TV Show called No Reservations hosted by Anthony Bourdain brought a friendly little lady named Nguyen Thi Thanh on air, and from then on, her given label The Lunch Lady has become a real deal!
Mrs. Thanh is just super friendly
The shop is genuinely not a high-end restaurant, that is for sure! With a few small chairs with roughly 4 to 5 tiny plastic chairs places around, under a big shade of a huge tree, hidden out of the hustle and bustle of District 1, this eatery offers a different menu each day and the taste remains unchanged after all these years. Mrs. Thanh, as stated above, is known for her soup noodles of all kinds, from pork, chicken to beef, she nailed them all!
Another reason that makes The Lunch Lady a big thing is how smiley she is. You can totally take a selfie with her, or even a chit chat that no bother has ever come around her face.
Look how yummy it is!
Now the selection of what to eat in Saigon is a little more expanded by a few suggestions above of mine. Food tour in Saigon has never been declining due to a wide range of dishes that you, or even us locals, can never be able to count!