10 STREET FOOD IN HO CHI MINH CITY THAT DROOL EVERY FOODAHOLIC

     
Ho bỏ ra Minh in Vietnam is known for some of the best street food in the world. But with thousands of street food vendors literally everywhere, where should you begin your Saigon street food adventure?What should you eat? And exactly where should you try it?

Welcome to the RecipeTin Eats’ đứng top 10 BEST Street Food in Vietnam –Ho đưa ra Minh City!

Top 10 BEST Street Food in VietnamHo chi Minh City

The food in Vietnam is so good, I tell people it’s worth going lớn Vietnam just for the food. Seriously!

Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố is the hot, buzzing food capital of Vietnam. Despite the modern face of Saigon, with the rise of trendy bars and restaurants, the true soul of Vietnamese food will always remain the traditional street food.

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Fresh, fast, cheap, & above all delicious, this is the food of the people.

It’s also the food we love lớn eat in Vietnam và what keeps us coming back. 4 times in the last 12 months, to lớn be exact!

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There are literally thousands of street food vendors, stalls and restaurants serving a mind-boggling variety of mouth-watering dishes across the city.So, where is a visitor to begin their Saigon street food adventure? What should you eat? and where should you try it?

We’ve got answers. We’ve done the research, interrogated localseaten our way around the city over multiple trips.

We’re thrilled to share with you below what we think are the must-try, iconic dishes of Saigon & the best places to lớn try them. So hop on the back of a Grab scooter (OK, maybe just get a taxi) và get ready to dive into the incredible world of Saigon street eats!

Welcome to lớn RecipeTin Eats’ top 10 BEST Street Foods khổng lồ Try In Saigon!

(And exactly where khổng lồ try them!)

1. Grilled pork và spring rolls on rice vermicelli (Bún thịt nướng)

WHY IT’S A MUST-TRY: Slippery cool noodles, fresh lettuce & herbs, fried spring roll, grilled pork. This is a riot of textures, colours và flavours in a bowl.Here’s my recipe for the chicken version!


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THE PITCH: Enjoyed nationally, bun thi nuong can be found all over Vietnam except in Hanoi where they have their own version called bun cha. There are variations of bun thit nuong toppings, but grilled pork and spring rolls are the most popular & common. It’s also a cooled dish – seriously refreshing in Ho đưa ra Minh City’s sweltering climate!

BEST PLACE to lớn HAVE IT: Bun Thit Nuong đưa ra Tuyen, District 1 (Map)

This place started as a small street stall on co Giang Street 40 years ago & is still going strong, morphing into a proper two-storey restaurant on the same street. It’s hugely popular – so much so that they barbecue pork continuously & in bulk at a dedicated grill up the street, whizzing the skewers back lớn the restaurant by motorcycle!

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2. Broken Rice (Cơm tấm)

WHY IT’S A MUST-TRY: A Ho đưa ra Minh city staple, com tam is the iconic rice dish of the city


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THE PITCH: Often eaten for breakfast, com tam (“broken rice”) is a rice dish usually topped with a smoky grilled pork chop, a slice of pork or prawn meatloaf, shredded pork skin & pickles. “Broken rice” refers to lớn the cracked rice grains, which gives the rice a deliciously chất lượng texture.

BEST PLACE to lớn HAVE IT: Com Tam bố Ghien, Phuong 10 (Map)


Com tam slingers can be found everywhere in Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố but Com Tam bố Ghien is one the city’s most famous. In business since 1995, tía Ghien is known for their pork chops as big as your face, freshly barbecued over smouldering coals. Don’t forget to địa chỉ cửa hàng a fried egg – the oozing yolk takes this Ho chi Minh city favourite to next-level amazing!

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3. Vietnamese Spicy Beef Noodle Soup (Bun bo hue)

WHY IT’S A MUST-TRY: It’s Pho – on steroids. & it’s hard khổng lồ find outside of Vietnam!

PRONUNCIATION: boon bo HWAY

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THE PITCH: Everybody who loves Vietnamese food knows và adores beef pho, và we are equally hopeless pho tragics. But travelling to lớn Vietnam offers the chance to lớn broaden your noodle soup horizons and open your mouth to lớn some of the country’s lesser known but equally scrumptious offerings.

Bun bo hue is another of our favourite noodle dishes và is revered across Vietnam. Hailing from Hue, this noodle soup is a flavour disco of rich beef broth, lemongrass, shrimp paste all turbocharged with a good slap of fiery chilli oil. Have a laugh when you see me suffer in the video!

BEST PLACE khổng lồ HAVE IT: Bun Bo Hue Dong Ba, District 1 (Map)

It’s been around since the 1920s và though it might look lượt thích it hasn’t seen a renovation since, look past the tatty interior. With its friendly staff, convenient location, và deliciously fragrant bun bo hue, Dong ba is still a Ho chi Minh city local favourite và one of the best bowls we’ve had in the city!

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4. Street Food Ghetto

This next place isn’t a dish, it’s a food experience area that’s well worth a visit. It’s an area called Nguyen Thien Thuat apartments (Map). One local affectionately dubbed it aStreet Food Ghetto, & now we vị too because it’s easier to pronounce!

It’s a local area & it’s pumping!!THIS is what I love about traveling –seeing the real local areas, getting away from the tourist traps!

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As you stroll down the winding alleys, you’ll see crowds of locals going about their daily routine và vendors serving up all sorts of tasty foods.

Marinated pork grilled over charcoal, fresh soft rice paper rolls filled with beef & crispy rice pancakes grilled over coals và filled with shrimp, egg & slathered with butter – one of my favourite street snacks!

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But my favourite food to lớn have here is snail.

Yes. SNAILS. But not your common garden variety snails! They aresea snails & they taste like mussels!

Nibbling on sea snails và chugging down ice cold beers on the tiny plastic stools is the equivalent of pubs back home!

Sea Snails 🌟Top Pick!🌟

WHY IT’S A MUST-TRY: Eating snails while rubbing shoulders with the locals is one of the most authenticate eating experience you can have in Vietnam!

PRONUNCIATION: OCK

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Mud crawlers in coconut sauce – ridiculously delicious!! We ordered it again và again & again…

THE PITCH: Eating snails is a social tradition deeply embedded in the culinary culture of Vietnam. Groups of friends gather at speciality snail restaurants or street stalls lớn chat, mô tả plates of molluscs & wash them down with beer over an evening.

Diners choose from piles of shellfish and water-dwelling snails of all shapes and sizes on display. The kitchen will then cook up the snails in one of many lip-smacking preparations, from stir frying with garlic & butter khổng lồ braising them in rich coconut curries.


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5. Pho!


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You won’t see any tourists at our favourite Pho establishment… và that’s just how we like it!

THE PITCH: The unofficial national dish of Vietnam, this rice noodle soup is all about the rich, long-simmered beef broth perfumed with gentle spice notes và other flavourings. Here in the south of Vietnam, pho always comes accompanied by fresh herbs & beansprouts khổng lồ pile on vị trí cao nhất as you like. Nourishing và comforting yet light & balanced, it’s truly the perfect dish. No wonder pho has conquered khổng lồ world & become synonymous with Vietnamese cuisine today!!

BEST PLACE lớn HAVE IT: Pho Tau Bay, District 10 (Map)

Pho Tau cất cánh is one of Ho đưa ra Minh City’s oldest pho establishments, first opened by the present owners’ grandfather in Hanoi more than 70 years ago. What makes their pho special they say is their clear broth, không lấy phí from any excess fat, boiled for 24 hours with meat, bones và minimal seasonings.

This is a true local’s joint, well off the tourist trail & nary a foreign face in sight! Well worth the trip for one of Ho chi Minh City’s best và original pho.

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6. Bo La Lot – Grilled Beef wrapped in Betel Leaves 🌟Top Pick!🌟


WHY IT’S A MUST-TRY: These insanely addictive barbecued beef mince wraps deserve to lớn be far more famous than they are. Notable foodies around the world declare it to lớn be some of the best – if not THE best – foods they had in Vietnam!

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THE PITCH: Rarely seen outside Vietnam, bo lat lot is a dish of seasoned beef mince, gently spiced và wrapped with wild betel leaves before barbecuing on a a charcoal grill. They’re served as snacks, inside bread rolls, or can also khung a meal.

In this latter form, it’s a DIY cài đặt where the bo la lot are served alongside rice paper, lettuce leaves, rice noodles, herbs, sliced vegetables and pickles, along with an oddly addictive pineapple dipping sauce. You wrap the whole lot, attempt khổng lồ shove it in your mouth (it’s hard because it’s so big!) và go for another one straight away.

BEST PLACE lớn HAVE IT: co Lieng Restaurant, District 3 (Map)


Co Lieng Restaurant in District 3 is one of the best known bo la lot restaurants in Ho bỏ ra Minh City, serving bo la lot in the full meal format. It’s a squeezy joint that can get crowded, no doubt thanks lớn a winning combination of super friendly staff and wickedly more-ish bo la lot. Good luck stopping at just one plate.

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7. Crab noodle soup (Bún riêu)

WHY IT’S A MUST-TRY: One of Vietnam’s most popular soups but less known outside of Vietnam. You haven’t eaten properly in Vietnam until you try this intensely crabby noodle soup. & it’s virtually impossible khổng lồ find good ones outside of Vietnam!

PRONUNCIATION: boon REE-YOO

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THE PITCH: Bun rieu is a rice noodle crab soup that’s very popular across Vietnam. In Saigon, you’ll see more Bun Rieu street vendors than any other soup!

The orange broth’s flavour comes from pounded rice paddy crabs. The soup is delicate, aromatic & a faintly tart from the tomato chunks that are added.

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Toppings can vary slightly but most typical is a kind of crab meatball, blood jelly (think of it as tofu made of pig’s blood – and no, I don’t go there!) và fried tofu. Và of course, a hedgerow’s worth of fresh herbs is served on the side for you to địa chỉ cửa hàng as you please.

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Bun Rieu tị comes recommended by Luke Nguyen, Australia’s most well known Vietnamese chef

BEST PLACE to HAVE IT: Bun Rieu Ganh, District 1 (Map)

Located just across from the central market Ben Thanh Market, Bun Rieu Ganh’s recipe goes back lớn the current owner’s mother who sold the dish on the streets years ago. Their juicy pork-crab meatballs in particular are so incredibly tasty they will have you falling all 10cm off your plastic stool to lớn the pavement.

It’s also a favourite of famous Vietnamese-Australian chef Luke Nguyen và we can confirm it’s the best bun rieu we’ve tried in Vietnam!

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8. Ben Thanh Markets

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These markets are in the heart of District 1 (Map), the area where most visitors stay. It’s one of the oldest and largest markets in Vietnam and here you’ll find everything from fresh produce lớn souvenirs, textiles lớn handcrafts, as well as plenty of food & drink.

Most locals turn their noses up at these markets, deeming it to lớn be touristy and overpriced.But for visitors it’s amust, và it’s one of the main attractions in Saigon!

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You’ll see a variety of foods from soups to salads, seafood khổng lồ crispy pancakes in the food area.We tend lớn get snack kích thước share plates here, & here are 3 of my favourites

1. Rice Paper Rolls (below right)Rice paper rolls, stuffed with fresh prawns (shrimp), rice noodles và herbs, dipped in a sweet peanut-y dipping sauce;

2. Grilled shrimp on sugarcane skewers (below left)-Made with prawn paste wrapped around sugarcane that’s steamed then grilled.

You’ll find numerous stalls throughout the markets selling both of these, and they’re all perfectly tasty. Perhaps not the best in the city, but perfectly acceptable and all part of the Ben Thanh Markets snacking experience!

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3.Banh Beo(Steamed rice cakes, PRONUNCIATION: BUN bay-oh) –my personal favourite! I affectionately call them UFO’s, owing lớn the saucer-like shape of these steamed rice cakes.

The whole plate is scattered with a kind of dried shrimp floss, fried pork crackling, scallion oil & sprigs of coriander.Then everything is liberally doused with sweet nuoc cham.

Dig in with your spoon, making sure you get a bit of everything. It’s the kaleidoscope of textures và flavours that makes Bun bay-oh so magical, và why this little marvel is on my must try list!


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Best place khổng lồ have UFO’s: In one corner of the Ben Thanh market’s food area is a popular stall that specialises in these Hue-style banh beo. Crowded with locals, staff work furiously khổng lồ keep up with demand. They cost a mere $1.20 for a plate & while I gọi it a “snack”, it is in fact enough for a meal!

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9. Vietnamese Crab!

WHY IT’S A MUST-TRY: You’ve never had soft shell crab this fresh, this delicious, this cheap.

PRONUNCIATION: KOO-ah (means “crabs” in general)

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THE PITCH: If you’re as crab-crazy as we are you won’t pass up the opportunity khổng lồ try crab in Vietnam. The clawed critter is widely loved in Vietnam, with crab-based dishes such as bun rieu and banh canh cua hugely popular across the country. For a truly crab-centric experience, head lớn one of several specialty crab restaurants in the đô thị where you can try crab served in a multitude of ways. Whatever you order, don’t miss the live soft shell crab, fried lớn absolute crispy perfection!

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BEST PLACE lớn HAVE IT: 94 Thuy Restaurant, District 1 (Map)

We got the tip-off on this restaurant from the always-excellent Serious Eats website. 94 Thuy specialises in crab & is a paradise for lovers of this tasty crustacean. All kinds of crab dishes can be had here but a particular specialty is the soft shell crab. Crab spring rolls, vermicelli crab noodles, & fried rice with crab are the other popular dishes, all overflowing with huge chunks of sweet, sweet crab meat.

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10. Banh mi 🌟Top pick!🌟


WHY IT’S A MUST-TRY: One of the world’s great sandwiches, it’s Vietnam inside a bread roll. And the BEST Banh mày in Saigon is a hidden local gem that you won’t find in any guide books….read on!

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THE PITCH: What makes this sandwich as fascinating as it is delicious is the quality combination of cultural influences that come together in a banh mi. From the French there is the baguette, mayonnaise, charcuterie/cold cuts, và pate. The roast pork belly can be traced khổng lồ Chinese origins. Then of course the Vietnamese taste for freshness và lightness is there with the herbs, fresh raw vegetables and pickles. It’s the poster child for a true fusion food that succeeds in deliciousness like no other.

It’s harder than you think to lớn find really great Banh ngươi in Saigon. But we finally did!

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BEST PLACE khổng lồ HAVE IT: Banh mày Sau Le, District 10 (Map) – A hidden local gem, the best banh ngươi in Ho đưa ra Minh City!

You won’t find Banh mày Sau Le in any top 10 lists or guide books. It’s way out in District 10 & we only discovered it through our foodie interpreter, David from The Street Food Man.

But we’ll say with hand on heart after trying many a banh mi around the city (including all the usual ones in “top 10” lists, Tripadvisor and guide books, that this is thebest banh mày in Saigon. Everything about this banh mi is perfect- the airy bread, the chất lượng of fillings, the way they chop the meat up, the just-right pickles.

It’s a long way khổng lồ travel for a sandwich but if you’re serious about your banh mi, you have to lớn get to lớn Banh mày Sau Le!

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Seriously, one of the happiest moments of my life, chowing this down. We made multiple trips out to Banh mày Sau Le every time we were in Saigon!

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Saigon đứng đầu 10 Food Map

Here’s a map with all of the above restaurants (err, establishments 😂) marked on it. As a guide, visitors in Saigon usually stay in District 1. Taxis và other forms of transport in Saigon (eg Grab, which is their Uber) are extremely cheap. A đôi mươi minute taxi ride costs around A$3.

Recommendation: Saigon Food Guide và Expert

If you are not comfortable making your way around Saigon on your own, but are keen to try the best street foods the thành phố has lớn offer, I can highly recommend using The Street Food Man, a local food guide company.

While we did not go on any of the tours, the owner of the company, Vinny (one of the most passionate foodies I haveever met in my life!), kindly arranged for one of his guides khổng lồ act as our interpreter for the duration ofour multiple trips khổng lồ Ho đưa ra Minh city to film và collate information for this đứng top 10 post.

Our guide, David, was stapled to lớn our sides from early morning to late in the evening every single day, as our interpreter with the many vendors we visited, & sharing with us hidden local gems that are not part of their usual food tours, some of which made our top 10 List.

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With his cheerful disposition, in depth knowledge và love of Saigon street food, we immensely enjoyed our time with him và learned so much about Vietnamese food. Highly recommend!

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Taste of Saigon – at home!

And that concludes the RecipeTin Eats’ Saigon đứng top 10 Street Foods List! It’s just asmall sample of the amazing food Vietnam has to lớn offer, with specialities in various regions across the country.

In fact, the food here is SO GOOD, I tell people it’s worth visiting Vietnam just for the food – and it’s certainly the reason I keep coming back!

I hope you get a chance to visit one day. But even if you can’t,you can still get a taste of Vietnam at trang chủ using my recipes, such as these: