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Foods in Saigon Ho Chi Minh City Reviews

ngan ngan
26 reviews
Saigon and Food May 07, 2012
So for the sake of my laziness, I will write a review about what local foods you should try when you're in Vietnam. Too many people have asked me very similar questions again and again and again. Pictures shall come next.


Normally you can eat any kind of Vietnamese foods on the street but this section of food is just about very cheap foods that are rarely served in restaurants. Food on the street costs under $1 and food in restaurants costs $5 on average. Big difference to the Vietnamese. You can find these kinds of street foods everywhere in Saigon, some are unavailable in Central or North Vietnam. I may give some info of where are good places to eat some typical foods as well. I do have to warn you that you need to check with your stomach and digest system before eating 'cause some Westerners felt sick after they tried the foods. Do know your eating capability!

1. Vietnamese Baguette (Bánh mì): a mixture of French style baguette and Vietnamese style of eating with optional stuff what you want to put inside: pâté + Vietnamese mayonnaise + pickled daikon + pickled carrot and ham/grilled pork/eggs/fish,..

2. Papaya Salad (Gỏi đu đủ): shredded papaya with dried beef, rice crackers, peanuts and Vietnamese mint.

3. Fried rice flour cake (Bột chiên): rice flour cubes with fried eggs (either duck or chicken)+ special tangy soy sauce and shredded papaya.

4. Sizzling cake (Bánh xèo): a type of crêpe made out of rice flour with turmeric + shrimp + pork + beansprouts + mushrooms. Eaten with lettuce and various local herbs. Dipped in sauce.

5. Popiah (Bò bía): stir-fried jicama and carrot + shredded eggs + chinese sausage. Wrapped with rice paper and dipped in peanut sauce.

6. Fresh spring-rolls (Gỏi cuốn): rice paper rolls include shrimp, herbs, pork, rice vermicelli wrapped up and dipped in sauce.

7. Grilled pork with vermicelli no soup (Bún thịt nướng): thin rice vermicelli served cold with grilled marinated pork chops and fish sauce.

8. Crispy deep-fried egg noodles (Mì xào giòn): crispy deep-fried egg noodles, topped with a wide array of seafood, vegetables and shrimp in a gravy sauce.

9. Crab soup (Súp cua)

10. Vietnamese hot pot (Lẩu): there are too many kinds from beef tail to seafood.

11. Rice porridge with pork intestine (Cháo lòng): congees with liver, heart, kidney,...

12. Beef stew (Bò kho): Beef stew with carrots and usually served with toasted bread or rice noodles.

13. Snails (Ốc): many many kinds of snails. See pictures.

14. Broken rice (Cơm tấm): grilled pork chop + pickled veggies + steamed eggs.

15. Sticky rice (Xôi): comes in a great number of varieties. See pics.

16. Fried spring rolls (Chả giò): deep-fried flour rolls filled with pork, yam, crab, shrimp, rice vermicelli, mushrooms.

17. Sweet dessert beverage (Chè): made from beans. Many varieties of chè are available, each with different fruits, beans (mung beans, kidney beans,...), and other ingredients. Chè can be served cold or hot and often with coconut milk.

18. Gelatin dessert cake (Rau câu): made with agar and flavored with coconut milk, pandan or other flavors.

19. Fried banana (Chuối nướng): served with coconut milk.

20. Sugar cane juice (Nước mía): fresh sugar cane juice with ice.

There are too many kinds of food. I shall update when I have time.
Vietnamese Baguette_Bánh mì
Papaya Salad_Gỏi đu đủ
Fried rice flour cake_Bột chiên
Sizzling cake_Bánh xèo
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Lupobianco says:
Perfect list. I could eat a Banh Mi right now!
Posted on: Dec 18, 2013
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