If Phở is the soul of Hanoi food, then Hủ Tiếu is what makes Saigon compete in the race. Vietnamese food is gradually winning your hearts due to its specialty in flavor and diverse in ingredients.
Not to mention, serving fresh veggies in most of the dishes we have is a hidden secret behind the myth the majority stays slim so easily. One of the must-try dishes in Saigon in particular and across Vietnam in general is a special type of rice noodles that many of you have hardly ever heard of since Phở and Bánh Mỳ has taken over the list. Below listed down the best local eateries in town serving Hủ Tiếu that most of the native Saigon fall in love with. Read more to know what it is like!
Hủ Tiếu – Saigon’s pride
1. Hủ tiếu mỳ cật – Noodles with pork kidneys:
This hide-out gem is lied at 62 Truong Dinh Street, District 1 and has been existing for a huge period of time. Though the shop is not that spacious, it stays packed pretty much all the time. A bowl of Hủ Tiếu is filled with boiled sliced pork, ground pork, pork bones and kidneys. Most of the Hủ Tiếu shops always serve two types of noodles known as rice noodles and egg noodles which is picked based on customers’ specific need. In addition, two most typical methods of ordering Hủ Tiếu is Khô and Nước, which are basically Dry and Soup accordingly in order. A portion of dry noodles is having a little bowl of broth served separately as a side dish, while the soup noodles contain everything all in one. Pork kidneys here are strictly selected and processed before cooking so as to chase the smell away. A quick visit for breakfast here can help you recognize how tasty its broth is. Salty and sweet enough with a pinch of green onion and chili oil inside, the broth is the key that makes every Hủ Tiếu eatery gets its own reputation.
Hủ Tiếu with pork kidneys
2. Hủ tiếu Nam Vang – Phnom Penh Styled Soup Noodles:
Ba Hoàng is now picked for category of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang, another edition of rice noodles created by the Cambodian community in Saigon. The shop gets no sign at all but always packed with locals. Hidden inside Alley 46 on Vo Van Tan Street, Ba Hoàng attracts its fans thanks to the well-cooked noodles and pork bones. The first look of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang here will surely leave you a great impression. An absolute display of boiled fresh prawn, ground pork, thin-sliced pork served along with charming broth, which includes shallots and chili oil. A highlight of the dish is nothing else rather than crunchy pork rinds. The add-ins of fresh herbs, some drops of soy sauce and a squeeze of lime juice make a perfect ending. There are plenty of nice Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang restaurants in downtown Saigon that are selected for unique Southern Vietnam culinary tours.
A portion of Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang
3. Hủ tiếu mỳ hoành thánh – Noodles with dumplings:
Last but not least, a local eatery located at 44 Le Quoc Hung Street, District 4 represents another version of Hủ Tiếu, with wontons, or dumplings in English. Wonton is one of the most popular Chinese dishes that is usually served boiled and hot. The restaurant is large and clean enough for a fully satisfying meal. Noodles here are soft while its broth is long-stewed with pork bones creating a lightly sweet taste. You can choose to have ground pork or eggs. Chewy noodles, large pork chops, soft meat and flavorful broth are the fusion that brings reputation to this hidden spot.
Pork chop soup
As said, Hủ Tiếu is one of a huge range of best dishes in Saigon that you are not allowed to miss. Vietnamese food is mostly overshadowed by its neighbors like Chinese and Thai, yet its quality and health-friendliness is no doubt. An advice for you to travel like a real Vietnamese is to take the best Vietnam culinary tours in each and every region you step into across the country, not only to fill your stomach but also learn the stories behind all of these.