The 7 best Saigon street foods

Enjoying the 7 best street foods in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is one of the best things that tourist can do when traveling to this city beside looking around and visiting the fantastic attractions or amazing historical sites.

1. Bread (Banh Mi) – Vietnam sandwiches



Bread is fairly well-known not just in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) but also other famous destinations like Hanoi, Hoi An etc. However, each place has its own flavor, for Saigon, bread is usually filled with luncheon meats, shredded cured pork skin, pâté, mayonnaise, pork, carrot pickles and Vietnamese radish, sprigs of coriander and chilies and a handful of sliced cucumbers.

Where to eat Bread in Saigon:

Huynh Hoa bread eatery – 26 Le Thi Rieng st, Ben Thanh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, from 15:30 – midnight daily, with price about 1.5$ (30,000 VND).

2. Noodle (Pho)




In Vietnam, noodle (pho) is one of the most popular dishes in throughout the country. It is a harmonious combination of beef or chicken and soft rice noodles in a soup broth. Enjoying Pho with the fresh plate of Vietnamese coriander, herb like mint etc will make its dish more distinctive and appetizing.

Where to eat Noodle:

No 1 Hanoi Noodle (Phở số 01 Hà Nội): 19 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, open 24 hours, with prices: 28,000 VND/bowl

Phuong Noodle 25 (Phở Phượng 25): 25 Hoàng Sa Street, Dakao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, open from 6.00 – 21.00 daily, with price about 40,000 VND /a bowl.

3. Fish sauce vermicelli noodle – Bun Mam


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Bun Mam is specific dish of southern Vietnamese. It is made from rice noodle, meats like squid, prawns, a dark- colored broth prepared with fermented fish sauce and pork are all placed on top of a slice or two of eggplant and vermicelli noodles.

Where to eat Bun Man:

Phan Boi Chau Fish sauce vermicelli noodle (Bún Mắm Phan Bội Châu): 22 Phan Boi Chau Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (across from Ben Thanh market) – The restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and throughout the afternoon – Price about 3$ (65,000 VND)/ bowl.

4. Sweet Soup – Che




Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is quite famous for many kinds of sweet soup and made from familiar ingredients like mung beans, lotus seeds, red beans to exotic ones with almond tofu custard, gingko nuts and tortoise jelly.

Where to eat sweet soup:

Thai Y Phuong Sweet Soup (Chè Thái Ý Phương): 380 – 382 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Ward 4, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Open 10.30 – 1.00 daily.

5. Grilled pork chop broken rice (Con Tam Suon or Cơm tấm thịt sườn nướng)



Grilled pork chop broken rice (Com Tam Suon) is also one of great street food that tourist should try when traveling to Saigon. It is the combination of a grilled pork chop, broken rice, accompanied by cucumber pickles, green onion oil, fish sauce dressing and chilies to decorate.

Where to eat Com Tam Suon:

Ba Ghien Broken Rice (Com tam Ba Ghiền) – 84 Dang Van Ngu Street, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Open from 6.00  – 22.00 daily – price about 60,000 VND/ plate.

6. Fried rice cake (Bot chien)



Fried rice cake (Bot chien) is mainly made from tapioca starch, rice flour and egg. The cakes are sliced into bite -sized pieces, and then fried, normally on a hot skillet in lots of lard, along with some light seasonings, until crispy and golden brown on the edges. Once cooked, the rice cakes are topped with an egg and a handful of green onions before being served.

Where to eat Bot Chien:

Street food stall at Ban Co market: 664 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Prices: 25,000 VND/ plate.

7. Coffee



Drinking coffee also is one of Saigon typical cultures. Sitting down beautiful restaurant with the best view, sipping a cup of coffee and chatting with friends will be the great choice if you want to have an experience about daily Saigon life.

Where to drink coffee:

Highland Coffee: 75 Nguyen Du Street, Ben Nghe Ward or 181 Ham Nghi Street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

L’Usine:: 151 Dong Khoi Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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