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Broken rice in Saigon

Ho Chi Minh is one of the best cities in Vietnam which attracts a lot of foreign visitors because of its beauty, wonderful places, and interesting nightlife. And especially when talking about Ho Chi Minh city, the most amazing feature is food. You know, Ho Chi Minh is deeply famous for delicious and diverse food, meaning that it has a lot of types of food come from 3 regions in Vietnam. So, let’s follow me to explore the top 10 best food in Ho Chi Minh city.

1. Bun Thit Nuong ( Vermicelli noodles with grilled pork )

Bun Thit Nuong is a must-try food in Ho Chi Minh city. It is served with a bowl of dipping sauce with grilled pork, pickles, and greens. The main ingredients are sliced pork, vermicelli noodles, fish sauce, lemongrass, garlic, and herbs. To have a perfect vermicelli noodle with grilled pork bowl, you need to cook vermicelli in boiling water for about 10 minutes, make the fish sauce, grill the pork skewers. You will be impressed by its flavors, freshness, color, and aromas. And it is the mixture between sweetness and saltiness.

Hue Grilled Pork Noodle

2. Goi Cuon (Vietnamese spring rolls)

Goi Cuon is a special dish made from vermicelli noodles, shrimp, sliced pork and lettuce wrapped in rice paper. The rice paper is dipped in water and other ingredients are placed on the rice paper. And especially it is served with hoisin sauce which includes crushed peanut and coconut water. So, it is a hearty and delicious food that you should try when visiting Ho Chi Minh city.

Fresh spring roll

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Ho Chi Minh City Food Tour
Price: From 45 USD/person

3. Pho

Yes. It’s Pho. Although it is a famous and traditional dish in Hanoi, Pho is also popular in Ho Chi Minh City. Pho contains rice noodles, herbs, basils, mint, chili sauce, and meat-based broth. There are some kinds of Pho such as chicken noodle soup, beef noodle soup,…The best thing of Pho is flavourful broth because it is the mixture of sweet, salty and spicy. So, Pho is an amazing choice for you, especially it has a reasonable price which is only VND 20 000 – 40 000 per one large bowl.

Phở Vietnam

4. Banh Mi Huynh Hoa

an easy place to find out for everyone who travels to Ho Chi Minh city. It is a crunchy baguette and served with fried eggs, vegetables, sauce and meat which is barbecued pork, pate, ham, grilled pork or boiled sausages. Moreover, it is cheap, just only from VND 10 000 to VND 15 000.

Banh mi Huynh Hoa (Huynh Hoa Bread)

5. Com Suon (Broken Rice)

Known as Broken Rice, it is a very popular lunch and dinner dish and usually served with pork chop, pickled vegetables, a fried egg, garlic chive oil and a small bowl of broth. It can be found in every corner of Ho Chi Minh city and the most famous brand is Com Tam Ba Ghien which is called “ The Grand Slam Of All Vietnamese Food” by food blogger Mark Welns. So, if you want to enjoy this, don’t forget to go to Com Tam Ba Ghien which is at 84 Dang Van Ngu district, Ho Chi Minh city and it’s opening time is from 8 a.m to 8:30 p.m. You just need to have VND 40 000 per a perfect serving of broken rice.

Broken rice in Saigon

6. Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon or rolled pancake is also a specialty in Ho Chi Minh city. Wood ear mushrooms and spring onions are wrapped in steamed rice crepes, then you will dip it in the fish sauce which has water, chili, vinegar, and sugar. Or in some places, the fish sauce can be replaced by pork bone broth. You can buy good Banh Cuon at 17A Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, 11A Cao Thanh street and 353 Le Van Sy street, Ho Chi Minh city.

Banh Cuon Saigon

7. Bun Rieu

If you are a fan of noodle soup, Bun Rieu is an amazing choice for you. As Pho, the broth flavor of Bun Rieu is the uniqueness. The main ingredient of the broth is crab and tomatoes. The topping is fried tofu, meatballs, chili sauce, and herbs. This dish is the combination of wonderful crab flavor and the sweetness. Therefore, it will be an unforgettable experience on your trip to Vietnam.

Bun rieu cua (Crab noodle soup)

8. Banh Canh Cua

It is a crab soup in Vietnam which is made from tapioca flour or rice flour. You will be impressed by the sweetness from crab and the broth blended into each soup noodle. And an indispensable flavor is the dipping sauce which stimulates your taste more. You can come to Banh Canh Cua Hoang Lan at 484 Vinh Vien Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh city to enjoy a bowl of Banh Canh Cua.

Banh canh Cua - Crab thick soup

9. Banh Xeo

The crepe of Banh Xeo includes bean sprouts, shrimp and pork and is wrapped in lettuce with basils, and then you need to dip it in fish sauce or soy sauce. In Ho Chi Minh City, it can be found at Dinh Cong Street, district 1. This will be one of your most wonderful memory in Vietnam.

Vietnamese Crepe - Banh Xeo

10. Banh Trang Tron (Mixed Rice Paper)

Mixture rice paper is one of the most popular street food of the young in Vietnam, especially the students. They buy it as a daily snack. It is shredded thin rice paper mixed with chili sauce, quail eggs, and herbs. You can easily find this in small street stall trolley in Ho Chi Minh city.

Bánh tráng trộn - Mixed Rice Paper Saigon

In sum, the 10 best foods above are our suggestions for your journey in Vietnam. If you are still unsure where to get these foods, I highly recommend you to try Street Food Tour Ho Chi Minh City with the local guides. They take you to the best stalls and also give you an overview of Saigon by night. I hope this information is useful for you and wish you have a wonderful trip to Vietnam. 

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