CEOWORLD Magazine (USA) ranked Saigon - Ho Chi Minh City at 4th place in the list of 50 cities with the most impressive street food in the world. The great thing about the street food here is that the prices are affordable and easy to find, both for permanent sale and for mobile sale. In the article below, we suggest some impressive places to fully explore the street food paradise of Saigon.
The first destination on the list is Ho Thi Ky food street, District 10, which is always full of food and drink stalls along the two sides of the road about 100m. The famous snail noodle soup in the alley is a new variation with seafood ingredients cooked in a spicy broth flavored with chili pepper. In addition to noodle soup, there is also a dish of “pha lau oc”, similar to curry, but the liquid broth mixed with bread is very delicious. If you like sweet dishes, you can go to Ms. Huoi's Cambodian-style sweet soup shop that has been selling for over 40 years. The most delicious dishes are tamarind seed sweet soup and pumpkin sweet soup cooked with jaggery, which has a strong natural aroma but not too harsh.
Turtle Lake is the name of the fountain located right in the middle of the International roundabout, District 3. At this place, street food is sold at affordable prices such as rice paper, spring rolls, sweet cakes, soft drinks. etc. mainly attracts young locals. At night, street food vendors from all over the city gather and it creates an extremely bustling scene. Most of the vendors sell rice paper with all kinds of processing such as mixing, rolling or baking, which is very unique.
One of the famous snacking places is Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, District 3, with many shops selling mixed rice paper. The small shop is located at 38, locals often call Uncle Vien's rice paper, which is always crowded with people waiting to buy. The specialty of the shop is the golden beef sauce that is evenly absorbed in each soft rice paper fiber served with peanuts, laksa leaves, and quail eggs. On this road, it is not difficult to see trolleys selling mixed spring rolls and bamboo. This dish originates from the Central region, is made from many types of pork rolls including pork rolls, beef rolls, tré, sour spring rolls with sliced garlic and chili, and laksa leaves for all the sour, spicy, salty and sweet flavors.
The alley is a street food mecca in District 4, you will not be able to resist the attraction of countless inviting restaurants. Di Lan mussel noodles located next to Xom Chieu church is the first suggested dish because of the spicy broth, with the sweetness from the seafood and the sourness from the tamarind. Ms. Oanh's restaurant is also a place you must try when coming here. A small bowl of “pha lau” cooked from sweet, fatty beef intestines with coconut water and spicy chili, served with bread and sweet and sour sauce will add an attractive flavor. Eating snails is also a great choice, the large bowls of snails with a strong flavor will make you unable to stop.
A small alley about 10m is a space to sell typical Saigon dishes at affordable prices, even cheap. If you love vermicelli, you can't help but visit this place because there are so many kinds of vermicelli such as Thai vermicelli, crab vermicelli, grilled pork vermicelli, fried meat vermicelli, etc. that are always hot and fragrant. The alley also sells many other snacks such as crab soup, dumplings, sweet spring rolls, fried corn, and grilled rice paper.
Ben Thanh market cages are visited by locals to enjoy dishes from all over the country. You can find a plate of Banh Beo, Banh Nam, Banh Mi, Banh Tran, add pieces of Cha and Rooc… with Hue's signature chili fish sauce, or try to taste the taste of fermented fish vermicelli with bitter vegetables and the rustic rafters of the Southwest region. Many of the most famous stalls selling sweet desserts in the market are concentrated at gate 7. In particular, at the East gate at the corner of Le Loi street, there is a crab vermicelli noodles shop of Mrs. Lien has been selling for 40 years with only tofu, tomatoes and crab cakes with tamarind juice are very popular with locals.