Saigon Cuisine – Diverse from Regions

Saigon Cuisine - Diverse from regions

Ho Chi Minh city is the concentration of population in all regions. Being the largest business center among Vietnam and absorb most foreign investment, travelling to Ho Chi Minh city is quite cheap and cost no more than 500$. At that moment, I using Vietjet Air

Also, the cuisine here is extremely rich and unique with typical dishes in the South or dishes imported from other regions of the country

Vietnamese gumbo (Bun Mam), fish hotpot (Lau Mam)

If you wanna enjoy the best Lau Mam, you should come to MeKong Delta (Can Tho, Vinh Long, Long An), but if you do not have time, you can enjoy Lau Mam in Saigon. The most important of Lau Mam is broth, must be cooked from the delicious macerated fish then flavored in a skillful way to eat. Lau Mam Saigon is often eaten with vegetables such as water morning glory,  keo neo, okra, mint, banana flower, water mimosa.

Some famous addresses

  • Lau Mam Nam Bo: 94AB Cao Thang, Ward 4, District 3, price : 160,000 – 240,000 VND;
  • Lau Mam An La Khen: 11 Ho Bieu Chanh, Ward 12, Phu Nhuan District, about 210,000 – 300,000 VND.

Like Lau Mam, the broth is also the most important ingredient of Bun Mam. The delicious of Bun Mam bowl is not too sweet, too salty or spicy but also not bland, especially can not lack the taste of macerated fish. Eating Bun Mam, apart from slices of fish, roasted pork, shrimp, squid of course you can not eat it without special vegetable such as  water morning glory and bitter vegetable,  keo neo, mint, banana flower, water mimosa. Some of the restaurants added more points thanks to the sweet and sour fish sauce bowl.

Some famous restaurant address:

  • Huynh Lam (Bac Lieu) Vinegar, 37A Go Dau, Tan Phu District: 28,000 VND/bowl;
  • 444 – 369 Le Quang Dinh, Ward 5, Binh Thanh District, open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm every day, excluding the full moon day and the first day of months, price 35,000 VND / bowl,
  • Bun Mam 528 Phan Van Tri, Go Vap district, price 30,000VND / bowl.
A delicious Lau Mam
A delicious Lau Mam

Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef rice noodles )

Bun Bo Hue is one of the specialties of Hue province, it has been very popular in hotel Saigon for a long time. In the broth of Bun Bo, Hue people often add a little shrimp sauce to make their very own flavor.

You can easily enjoy this popular food at almost streets in Saigon, the price is from 20,000 VND / bowl. Some famous addresses: Bun Bo Thanh Noi Hue, 47A Tran Cao Van, District 3 (near the Con Rua lake); Bun Bo Hue Dong Ba, 110A Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1

Lau Ca Keo (Elongatus Hot Pot)

Lau Ca Keo is a typical South Vietnamese dish. Elongatus Hot Pot is usually cooked with Sour-soup creeper to make a special acerbic and acrid taste. Vegetables used with the food like  water morning glory, bitter vegetable, bean sprouts, banana flowers … With attractive aromas of vegetables and characteristic spices, pot of Lau Ca Keo will be fragrant, unforgettable.

Some famous addresses: No. 4 Nguyen Thi Dieu, Ward 6, District 3, and Lau ca Keo restaurants on Su Thien Chieu.

A delicious pot of Lau ca Keo
A delicious pot of Lau ca Keo

Hu Tieu (Rice noodle soup), Hoanh Thanh (Egg noodle soup with wontons)

Although these dishes are not native, but now it also becomes a characteristic of Saigon. For the people in Saigon, the food is easy to eat and quite popular. However, for Northerners, this dish tastes slightly sweet, may not be used to enjoy the first time. You can find the street food at  any street and alley of Saigon with prices from 20,000 VND / bowl.

Some famous places:

  • Hu Tieu on Mac Thi Buoi Street (District 1),
  • Chicken Fish Hu Tieu on Ton That Dam Street (District 1),
  • Golden Noodle Soup on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street (District 5)
  • 46/102 Vo Tan Tan, District 3,
  • Duck noodle soup on Pham Van Hai Street (Tan Binh District),
  • Tac uncle noodle: 22 Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, District 3.

Banh tráng Trang Bang (Trang Bang rice paper)

This is a dish of Tay Ninh people, in addition to Trang Bang rice paper with Banh canh (Porridge cake soup), rice paper with boiled pork, boiled beef, along with a lot of vegetables and seasoning sauce of the Mekong Delta region.

Some famous addresses: You can come to Trang Bang rice paper in Hoang Anh’s shop system, or rice paper Trang Bang 411 – 413 Nguyen Tri Phuong, District 10.

Trang Bang rice paper
Trang Bang rice paper

Cu Chi beef

Slices of boiled beef are wrapped in rice paper with herbs, then the roll is dipped into the fish sauce. The sauce mixed very smartly made specialties Cu Chi beef is famous by sweet and sour taste. Currently, many restaurants in hotel Saigon are serving this dish. The diners have not found anywhere can match with the flavor like its original taste at Cu Chi.

Some famous addresses: Xuan Dao beef  – Go straight on Highway 22, then cross Trung Chanh intersection then arrive at Cu Chi overpass, and looking to the right you will see Xuan Dao steer restaurant, Cu Chi district; Hong Dao beef is also on Highway 22 but on the left.

Cu Chi Beef
Cu Chi Beef

Banh xeo Nam Bo (Pancake Southern Vietnam)

Pancake with golden crust cake on the outside, inside with shrimp, meat, bean sprouts, molded into round shape or folded into the semicircle. Southern pancake was made with eggs, when you have eaten, dipped into sweet and sour sauce and a lot of vegetables in the hick. At some restaurants, people add mushrooms to make pancakes to eat deliciously and hope it is not a surfeit.

Some well-known addresses: 46A Dinh Cong Trang, District 1; Muoi Xiem, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ward 6, District 3; An La Ghien, 74 Suong Nguyet Anh Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1.

Pancake Southern
Pancake Southern

Goi Cuon (Spring rolls)

Ingredients for the best delicious of spring roll are must be full of: vegetables, vermicelli, shrimps, pork side, of course, there is no lack of rice paper to wrap. However, an essential thing to be able to feel a good taste of spring roll is its sauce. Southern people often use the spring roll with hoisin sauce because it has a sweet taste, plus peanuts and sour. Spring rolls are so popular, but is one of the 50 best food in the world voted by CNN. Spring rolls are sold widely in all street vendors, markets and supermarkets for only 3,000 VND per piece.

Some addresses for your reference: Le Van Tam pavement (Hai Ba Trung street), BigC supermarket, Coopmart supermarket …

Spring rolls
Spring rolls


Snail restaurant in Saigon is a common word, because there are many other seafoods. Go eat snails together is also a way to enjoy the rich mollusk and crustaceans such as clams, blood cockles, snails, mussels, crab, squid, shrimp. There are many ways to cook snails to make it attractive, from steamed, boiled, fried, roasted to baked with all kinds of spices such as garlic, onions, pepper, chives, lemongrass, ginger, basil, cheese, butter.

Some famous addresses: Oc Dao 2- 132 Nguyen Thai Hoc, District 1; Oc Quang Anh, 189 To Hien Thanh, Ward 13, District 10;

Snails no.9, 23 Nguyen Van Giai, Đa Kao Ward, District 1; Co Hong, 177 alley 3/2, District 10; Oc Xinh, 002 Lot B5 apartment P.3, internal road 12B, Khanh Hoi, District 4; Oc Viet Restaurant: 237/50 Tran Van Dang, Ward 11, District 3 and Oc Nhu: 650/4/29D Dien Bien Phu street, ward 11, district 10, TP. HCM ( I like this restaurant so much

Travel Saigon and do not forget to enjoy the delicious snails
Travel Saigon and do not forget to enjoy the delicious snails

Sweet gruel

Sweet gruel in the South is very rich, from hot sweet gruels such as Ba Ba sweet gruel,  Banana sweet gruel, Sweet lotus seed gruel, Rice Ball Sweet Soup, Cassava Gruel, White cow-pea with coconut gruel, Green beans sweet gruel, Black beans sweet gruel, Red beans sweet gruel, Sweet Taro Pudding with coconut gruel, Sweet Taro Pudding gruel to cold sweet gruels such as Black beans sweet gruel, Vietnamese bean dessert,  Hue sweet gruel, and Chinese sweet gruel are all very attractive because of the fat coconut milk and the sweet taste of ingredients.

Some famous addresses: Ky Dong Sweet gruel, 153/7 Ky Dong, Ward 9, District 3; Ha Ki, 140 Chau Van Liem, District 5; Southern Tea 16 / 1A Dinh Tien Hoang, Da Kao Ward, District 1; Che Mam 12 Mon – 032 H, Ngo Gia Tu apartment, Su Van Hanh street, District 10.

Before looking for the best food to enjoy in Vietnam, you can take a look at hotel to stay. Here are a list of hotel Ho Chi Minh city, where you can go around to find restaurants below:

Della Hotel

Van Room for rent

Ben Thanh Tower Apartment

ICon 36 Hotel

Sigoong Hostel

Kim Truong Hotel

Kim Truong Guest House

Himalaya Phoenix Saigon Hostel

Quyen Home

Ms Tuyet Penhouse – H2H

More hostel available here.

Thanks for reading! Above are tips and advice about famous and popular foods that almost travellers enjoy when coming to Vietnam. I hope the article will be useful for your trip.

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