Ganesh is set near the Opera House, away from the backpacker area, whereas BaBa’s is smack in the middle of backpacker central. Best enjoyed with cold beers, oc refers to platters of Vietnamese shellfish that are prepared in varying methods. Happy you ate well. Bún riêu (bun rieu) 5. Gluten-Free Tips 5pm until late. For the Bot Chien, what do you mean by saying ‘some shredded pickled young papaya to cool down the dish’, is it because it’s too hot?? Would recommend trying the beef wrapped in mustard leaves, the tofu with lemongrass, and the sour soup, among other dishes. Where: Chi Thong Unsurprisingly, I returned quite a few times before I left town. 3/5 Hoang Sa Street, District 1 Where: Ciao Bella Thank you! www.saigonoutcast.com. For cheap accommodation ($15 a night or so) the backpacker / Pham Ngu Lao area has a ton of options but honestly I don’t usually send readers there because it’s busy and people hassle you more. I have no idea why this is, but when I was sick near the end of my Saigon stay, all I wanted to eat was paneer and dosa and thick creamy mutton korma. The 10 Best Vegan Street Food Stalls in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. ], Where: Animus Bar and Lounge A hearty dish in Ho Chi Minh City, bun thit nuong features vermicelli rice noodles with freshly chopped lettuce, sliced cucumber, bean sprouts, pickled daikon and carrot, basil, chopped peanuts, and mint, topped with grilled yet tender pork shoulder. The Hu Tieu there was also excellent. Available almost everywhere in Ho Chi Minh City, banh mi is a quintessential Vietnamese dish that you should never miss out on. Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them) 1. Yes, I’ve occasionally had a driver say he knows the way and get lost, or my pronunciation of the street name sent another in the wrong direction before I realized where I was headed. for me ,it was all about the Vietnamese people and that is why I am going back soon. It is more savoury, with a heady aftertaste of cinnamon, star anise, and roasted ginger. What goes up must go down. Awesome display of your love of Vietnamese food. Dozens of higher end sushi joints cram a narrow network of criss-crossing alleyways, illuminated by the romantic glow of hanging lanterns strung from building to building. Cookies Policy. If a comment is solely promotional in nature, I will not approve it. These are not the absolute best of everything, but rather a cross-section of delicious, cheap and authentic foods that are also conveniently located. Asia Web Direct, the Asia Web Direct logo, Hotels.com and the Hotels.com logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Hotels.com L.P. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. You can go to any corner store and ask for a SIM, or to many of the iPhone/Android/Everything Stores that have popped up around town. Your gluten thing is imaginary. Steamed rice crepes filled with wood ear mushrooms and ground pork often seasoned with white pepper, banh cuon are a wonderful breakfast meal that covers all bases. The balancing act between warming and cooling ingredients, between heavier meats and lighter rice-based carbs, fresh herbs to round out the taste, never get old. Note that you’ll also get a few 50% sale messages, since Mobifone has days where credit is half off, meaning you receive double what you pay for in phone credit. Thanks again! www.bloom-saigon.com. $$- Another favourite spot is Hanayuki, who source their salmon from Norway. I usually bring people here if it is their first visit to Saigon, convincing them that the words “fermented” and “fish” don’t need to be a bad thing when grouped together. Where: Hum Vegetarian Thank you for your enjoyment of Vietnamese food, especially street food. You’ve got your carbs, your meat, your vegetables, and it comes topped with lightly steamed bean sprouts, chopped basil, and fried curls of shallots. 26 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành, District 1, Banh Mi 37 Nguyen Trai (aka Bánh Mì Thịt Nướng, Hẻm 39). X. Hi Jess! I wish this wonderful soup from central Vietnam’s city of Hue was as popular as pho outside the country. A Juicy mango smoothie with no sugar and added whipped cream. Address:cong hoa Ho Chi Minh city, Ho Chi minh Business type:Manufacturer. It is then tied together and cooked in a clear broth, topped with cilantro for serving. Animus has been closed for a few months; the building has been gutted and I’m not sure if they plan to re-open it. I’ve seen a ‘dry’ version too but have never tried it. the second is the flour. Oh, how I wish I lived in Saigon – you certainly seem spoilt for choice! Join now to collect 10 nights, get 1 free*, Privacy guidelines The recipe is traditionally made from rice flour, corn starch, and tapioca starch. For this dish, canh kho qua nhoi thit, the bitter melon is boiled long enough so the bitterness curls just at the end of your tongue, after the other flavours sink in. As Luke Nguyen says in The Songs of Sapa: Stories & Recipes from Vietnam. Most of them derive from food. Loosely wrapped in a steamed fermented rice sheet, banh cuon contains a mix of ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, onions, Vietnamese ham (cha lua), steamed beansprouts, and cucumbers. Tom from Vietnam Coracle has a thorough, three-part series about being in Vietnam during COVID-19, how the country has handled the pandemic, and his personal thoughts. No one spoke English on my visits, but pointing at the bot chien ought to do you fine. www.animus.com.vn. I’ve also never had to tell a cab driver to turn on his or her meter — it’s automatic. Phở (pho) 4. After you exit the international terminal and turn left to the taxi stand, there are a bunch of dispatchers across the same street, just facing the taxi stand. As I said in the post street stalls are usually safer because you can see exactly what’s being used / fried. That seems strange since I was just there and eating at the stall before I left town. When I first spent the winter in Vietnam, I dedicated specific days of the week to a particular dish. Cholon (Binh Tay Market) Cholon, also known as Binh Tay Market, is located at the edge of Ho Chi … Where: Nấp Sài Gòn Thanks for reading. Also great for travellers on a tight budget, some of these top must-try foods in Ho Chi Minh City are not only hearty and filling, but also cost less than VND 40,000 per dish. Smoothies: Many a smoothie fan in Saigon, and they are available just about everywhere. Solution: try them both. We will also definitely follow your guide. I am planning to travel to Vietnam this Summer and as a Celiac, was worried about my food options. I lived in Hanoi for 7 years and just moved to Saigon two months ago, been using this guide to help me discover southern cuisine. But Vietnam is a perfect place for sick celiacs, because their chicken soup is made with thick rice noodles. We’re only in Ho Chi Minh for a few days, and are working our way through some of your recommendations. It’s on the opposite side of the road as the park, and you will find it based on your nose, and the grill of pork at the side of the road. Quick and tasty, you can also choose from a variety of meat fillings for your banh mi, including heo quay (roasted pork belly), cha ca (fried fish with turmeric and dill), cha lua (boiled sausages), xiu mai (meatballs), thit ga (boiled chicken), trung op la (fried egg), thit nuong (grilled pork loin), and xa xiu (Chinese barbecued pork). Dry version of Hu tieu from Phnom Penh. Are you so kind to everyone you meet? Banh canh noodles are Vietnam’s version of udon, a thicker noodle that can be made with either tapioca flour, rice flour, or a combination of the two. Any recommendations. Part of the cuisine from central Vietnam, banh beo (literally “water fern cake”) are small round discs of rice flour, formed to look like lily flower pads found in the estates surrounding the old imperial city of Hue. It merits repeating that there two primary types of beef phos you can get in Saigon, the Southern-style (sweeter, less spices in the broth, sometimes cuttlefish added to the broth as well), or Hanoi-style. Cheers. Also see this lovely 2020 piece from Austin Bush, about baking banh mi in Saigon. Instead, if they do use a thickener it is tapioca flour or rice flour. Dining in Ho Chi Minh is not just limited to Vietnamese pho and coffee, as you can also enjoy fresh seafood, noodles, rice, spring rolls, and meats prepared with an array of cooking methods. Just got a copy of your handbook from iTunes and can’t wait to soak it all up. Many thanks. You are now signed up for the DK MIU data plan, which offers unlimited use of data (quicker speeds up to 5GB, then you get put into the slow plan) for the month. Google does allow you to report a wrong closing, so I just did that on Google Maps and if you have time you can do the same. There is a risk in using a translation card that stalls or restaurants will simply say “no we cannot serve you here” in lieu of risking what to feed you and getting you sick. 32m. By far one of the best posts I’ve read on Vietnamese street food. 2. This dish, a fave among my friends, comprises seasoned pork patties and thin slices of pork belly, both grilled until crispy and served in a bowl with sweet fish sauce, slices of young papaya and carrot, and garlic. With a great route and excellent guide, you can participate in a walking food tour that can show off the history, culture, and street food. A quick run down on how to sit on the motorbike, helmets on and we were off to mingle with the other 8 million motor bikes in Ho Chi Minh City. Thank you for your post. Official government site allows you to, E-visa agencies will offer online application of VOA, then email it to you as a PDF and you can print and bring with you for airline officials and to use for your actual visa on arrival in Saigon. So, I have eaten many-a-pho around town but three different options stand out. Ho Chi Minh, founder of the Indochina Communist Party (1930) and its successor, the Viet-Minh (1941), and president of North Vietnam (1945–69). +84 (8)48 3824 7882. Also google maps is saying that Quan Sadec is permanently closed, but we went there and can confirm it is definitely still open and serving delicious food! It’s so detailed, and clearly not only about food but about all of Saigon. Thanks for making my time in Saigon extra pleasant! The first was recommended by Tom of Vietnam Coracle (his blog is in the blog section below), and remains my favourite, as close as I’ve found to the great phos I tried in Hanoi. I definitely need to plan a trip to Vietnam this is amazing! I only discovered banh tam bi recently, toward the end of my latest visit to the city. Almost everything is back to ‘Pre-Covid’ ways: the only exceptions being international flights and tourism. Where: Bot Chien Dat Thanh the mixture will be poured into clay moulds – with adding eggs, beef, squid…. +84 120 789 4444 (Wise to call first — they’re quite busy!). Dien Bien Phu, near the corner of Dinh Tien Hoang Street. If you want to dip your foot into bun rieu start with the lovely lady above, and then try it about town. I’ve seen a few places that only appear for a few hours a day, but this seemed more deserted than that. Any other vegetarian places to eat at, for a fellow vegetarian, Jane? Benefitting from the rich biodiversity of the land and sea, Florencio Escabas … Bun bo Hue is made with lemongrass and chilli, its broth both citrusy and strong, laden with thick cuts of meat. Where: Banh Cuon Tay Ho 1 Street bars: Per Saigoneer, COVID-19 has wrought an explosion of street-side cocktail bars, what they call “an inspiring breeding ground for the city’s cocktail entrepreneurs.” They’ve set up on sideways and in alleyways, but aren’t serving questionable mixes – they’ve put together mixology-focused cocktails that appeal to locals and expats alike. Jazz: Weekly jazz sessions at Le Fenetre Soleil, and while drinks are pricier than neighbouring bars, you don’t usually pay cover for the venue or music. So happy I found this site…travelling there in March! So it’s no surprise that this tiny tea joint at the intersection of two main arteries is always hopping. Information about COVID-19 in Vietnam Note: I also realize some of you would have preferred diacritical marks in lieu of plain Roman letters, but when typing into Google Maps to find these places, most travellers have indicated they prefer the non-Tieng Viet script. Eat your way through the food scene of Ho Chi Minh City. $$ – My friends John and Brooke first discovered this tiny restaurant, set slightly away from the road, sliding doors covered in a light curtain from the inside. Banh khot, without the herbs you wrap these mini pancakes in, then shove in your drooling mouth. For those even hungrier, try com suon op la (grilled pork chop over rice with a fried egg). Lovely setup with back terrace and funky decor. I wonder if someone purposely reported it as closed to hurt their business? I’ve found the best pay-as-you-go SIM for unlocked photos in need of a data plan to be the Mobifone SIM. A basic bowl contains tai (beef slices), bo vien (beef meatballs) or nam (beef flank), but diners can also opt for more exotic ingredients such as gan (beef tendon), sach (thinly-sliced pig stomach), and ve don (flank with cartilage). Wednesdays were banh xeo days, Tuesdays were all about oc, snails, and Thursdays were earmarked for pho. Thank you very much. Where: Shri Bar Me and my family are spending a few days in Saigon, do you have any recommendations for a nice restaurant for NYE or NY day dinner near the Rex Hotel in District 1? Staging station for my favourite pho ga in town. Less fancy rooftop: With a view of Notre-Dame Cathedral, a narrow and unlit alley entrance, a bathroom with a profoundly permanent smell of mothballs and a rickety staircase to the roof, Casbah isn’t for those seeking an opulent rooftop experience. It’s not conveniently located as it’s out in District 2, but if you’re looking for a chill way to spend a Sunday and have some beer at the same time, it’s a good bet. Where: Dong Hoa Xuan It was lucky you posted a photo of her because we were able to recognise her from the picture (she was even wearing the same jacket!) But the soup is actually skews sweet thanks, and with thick rice noodles and chunks of delicious fish and meat, it’s not to be missed. Where: Quan Sadec Hu tieu nam vang, kho. Yay! It’s a nice change from the more chaotic restaurants near the heart of District 1, and a lovely choice place for a date or anniversary. 49 No Trang Long, Binh Thanh District This is a great resource – thanks! What would you suggest? this is a great post. I brought him the full piece, which included a big photo outside his stall and the title “Girl Eats World” before I left town. i admire the courage to to create a life on your own terms! I’ll be returning to Saigon in 2017 and plan to do an update of face-stuffing so you’ll have to return also. Good wine selection and great views, but pricey. Relaxed Alternative: Live music, art, outdoor seating, casual food, usually on the grill, and skateboarding options, Saigon Outcast became a favourite Sunday afternoon activity for many of my friends. Cha gio, fried spring rolls. Where: Cuc Gach Cafe If you want to experience the real taste of Ho Chi Minh City, we strongly recommend trying out all the different street food around. Later I came across your website and there was a warmth that came through your writing about the people and city , so I went . Served with a sweet peanut sauce, they satisfy both the crunchy and the healthy wants at once. +84 12 2428 3198 I welcome criticism, even if not constructive, but ad hominem attacks will be removed. Order with a side of white rice to make it into a full meal. Essentially: between Truong Dinh and Huyen Trang Cong Chua. I’ve been lucky in Thailand and Cambodia so far and have been able to find out the local brand used…just curious if you’ve had any experience in Vietnam? Thank You!! The beloved grandpa at the pho ga restaurant below, who ran over to my bowl repeatedly to ensure I added pickled garlic, lest I forget. 277 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3. You can expect to pay no more than 40,000-50,000 VND for a tasty baguette filled with vegetables and pork (or a range of other meats, or none!). For me, ‘pandemic season’ in Vietnam can be divided into three phases: ‘Pre-Covid’, ‘Lock-Down’, and ‘Post-Virus’. I’d take this for breakfast over eggs and bacon any day, to the consternation of Western friends. It is not as completely shut as Hanoi, but for at least a few days you’ll find street food scarce, and for the rest of the time only a few vendors open compared to normally. It might have been one soup that brought me to Saigon, but it was the rest of the food that kept me there, and keeps me coming back. There are many delicious options for Indian in town, but two central ones are Ganesh and BaBa’s Kitchen. Bun Rieu Cua has been our favourite so far, but just FYI we found this lady in a slightly different spot to where you described – she’s now on the corner of Nyugen Du and Pasteur. About us. I am bloated with canh chua at the moment so it is hard to write eloquently, but know that I am very grateful to have encountered your list! Thanks! Ốp la (op la) 3. There are many recommendations in town for banh xeo, most famously Banh Xeo 46A, which is on the ‘Bourdain trail’ (he visited the place during his Saigon episode). this is an oil-free cake. My wife was upset to learn the beef in my bun thit had hoisin sauce (I am a celiac). Whether you order family style or get your own, you must be sure to try the smoked ribs or pork shoulder, the grilled okra, and if you’re not celiac like me, the bacon bacon burger, which a friend described as “a burger literally made out of bacon”. Thanks again for all of the useful resources! There was a blank sign above a dark doorway into an empty room. My girlfriend and I are planning a 10-day trip to Vietnam and will spend a two full days in Saigon, so I’m looking for the best food and drink tour. I definitely wasn’t going, after reading mainly negative tourist reviews. +84 (8) 3838 6661 Some of the tourist restaurants will not cook with it, but much of the street food does have small amounts in it. +84 (8) 3827 4252. A good overview post from Roads and Kingdoms: 22 things to know before you go to HCMC. why is BANH CAN so different from BANH KHOT? © 2020 Asia Web Direct. This really is a great way to discover the food and culture of HCMC. 151 Dong Khoi Street, District 1 Some of the restaurants also give you a banana as dessert. It is one che dessert in a long line of che options; see the Wikipedia page for a start on the others. www.babaskitchen.in, Ganesh A country of nearly 100 million people which shares a border with China (where the outbreak first occurred), Vietnam is currently a world leader in containing the virus and caring for those who’ve been infected. The beauty of food being not just a necessity but also a sight in and of itself: a window into culture, and a source of endless wonder. Is English commonly spoken in Saigon? For those missing this food group, highly recommended by Vietnamese and expats alike. Topped with crunchy pork rinds and toasted shrimp powder and served with fish sauce, they are a very rewarding dish to share as they usually come in multiples of 8 or 10. Bún bò Huế (bun bo Hue) 7. Ganesh. Located right on the street, directly in front of Thien Ban Pagoda. Now I am more looking forward to go back again, as from your post, there is SO MUCH more to try, see and do. It's currently ranked in the top five best cities in the world for street food. And report back please! Appreciate the detailed comment and enjoy your time in Saigon! But for a wonderful place to watch the world go by, owned by a lovely lady with a great smile, head to Juicy. © 2020 Legal Nomads®. 1st Time in Ho Chi Minh City? 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