6 most popular southeastern vietnamese street foods

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Ren & I are planning on going back soon & staying longer-term in Vietnam. Though we vày feel that Hanoi is the more liveable city, there’s no question in our minds that the best food in Vietnam is in Saigon. Hanoi has my beloved bun cha and ca phe trung but overall, we prefer the food in Saigon.

We published the first edition of this Saigon food guide in 2017 & it listed ten eateries. Ten wasn’t nearly enough to vị this delicious city justice, so we recently went back lớn Vietnam lớn finish what we started.

I spent a month in Vietnam & almost a week in Ho bỏ ra Minh đô thị looking for the best restaurants, street food stalls, & cafes this thành phố had lớn offer. The result is this new và improved guide featuring 25 of the best restaurants in Saigon.

If you’re visiting Ho chi Minh City & enjoy Vietnamese food as much as we do, then this Saigon restaurant guide will be very useful lớn you.


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THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN SAIGON

I relied on local recommendations, food shows, restaurant đánh giá sites, và trusted Saigon food blogs to come up with this danh sách of the best restaurants in Ho chi Minh City.

In the case of some dishes like banh mi và pho, it wasn’t enough to lớn eat them just once so we visited multiple restaurants specializing in that dish.

A list of 25 Saigon restaurants can be time-consuming to lớn go through so I’ve grouped them by dish khổng lồ help keep this guide organized và easy lớn digest. Click on a link to jump lớn our restaurant recommendations for that dish.

BANH MI

Banh ngươi is one of the best known and most beloved Vietnamese dishes. The term “banh mi”, in the strictest sense, refers lớn bread but people often use it to describe the sandwich.

A small French baguette is split lengthwise và filled with an endless combination of ingredients like cold cuts, grilled meats, liver pate, cucumber slices, pickled vegetables, và cilantro. It’s a light sandwich that’s typically eaten as a snack.

1. Banh Mi bay Ho

This was the banh ngươi stall recommended in the Vietnam episode of Street Food on Netflix. We’re huge fans of that series. Every episode does a deep dive into the featured city’s local cuisine so we’re always confident that we can rely on their recommendations.

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Netflix was right again with this one. The banh mày at Banh Mi bay Ho wasn’t just delicious, it was also one of the cheapest I tried in Saigon.

The bread was nice và crusty on the outside & pillowy soft on the inside. It had a good phối of ingredients in just the right amounts khổng lồ highlight the real star of this dish – the bread.

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A basket of what in my opinion is the heart và soul of any sandwich. Khổng lồ me, it almost doesn’t matter how good your fillings are. If your bread is subpar, then your sandwich will be subpar. Lượt thích every banh mi siêu thị on this list, the bread at Banh Mi cất cánh Ho is exceptional.

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The Banh Mi bay Ho stall is located in District 1, just a few blocks east of Le Van Tam Park.

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Banh Mi cất cánh Ho

Address: 19 Huỳnh Khương Ninh, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 6AM-9PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND 15,000 per banh mi


2. Banh ngươi Huynh Hoa

Google “best banh ngươi in saigon” & many results will lead you to this place. It’s featured on many travel food shows & is on nearly every article listing the best restaurants in Saigon.

We learned about Banh mày Huynh Hoa from the first episode of Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia. He called it his favorite banh mi stall in Ho bỏ ra Minh City. Take a bite of their sandwiches và you’ll quickly understand why.

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The banh mày at Banh mi Huynh Hoa was indeed delicious, và as you can see in this picture, it was overflowing with ingredients.

I had banh mi multiple times everywhere in Vietnam và this sandwich was by far the most loaded. It was almost like eating an American hoagie.

We appreciated how stacked this banh mi was but personally, we prefer banh ngươi with slightly fewer ingredients.

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Banh mi Huynh Hoa is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee with a stellar 4.5-star rating. They’re one of the best restaurants in Saigon to have banh ngươi so you’re advised khổng lồ arrive early if you want lớn avoid the long queues. But no worries, they have an assembly line of banh ngươi makers so the line does move fairly quickly.

Interestingly, Banh mày Huynh Hoa is known by another name – Banh mi O Moi – which basically translates khổng lồ “lesbian banh mi”. It’s owned by a lesbian couple who opened this stall over 30 years ago và originally staffed an all lesbian crew.


Based on what I’ve read, people know it more as Banh mi O Moi rather than its actual name, so if you’re lost và can’t find it, then just ask for “Banh mày O Moi”.

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Banh mày Huynh Hoa

Address: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, P, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, VietnamOperating Hours: 2:30-11PM, dailyWhat to Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per banh mi


3. Banh Nam

Most of the restaurants và street food stalls we visit on our trips are vetted in advance, but we bởi allow ourselves moments of spontaneity. This was one of those moments.

We had just come from Mrs Truoc’s snail stall when we were hit with a craving for banh mi. We hopped on Google Maps & did a search for highly-rated banh ngươi places near us, which led us khổng lồ this place – Banh Nam.

It seems to lớn be a fairly new banh mày stall with a solid 4.1-star rating so we decided to give them a try. We weren’t disappointed.

We asked the hệ thống for recommendations and he suggested we get the grilled chicken và the special banh mi. Pictured below is the grilled chicken.

The bread was nice and crusty & filled with a few slices of grilled chicken breast, pork floss, cilantro, cucumber, và mayonnaise. So simple but always delicious.

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This was the special banh mi. I believe it contained both grilled chicken và pork along with cilantro, cucumber slices, tomato, onion, pepper, và some type of special sauce. This was good too but I preferred the simpler grilled chicken banh mi.

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Banh nam giới is located in District 1 just a short walk from Mrs Truoc’s snail stall. Mrs. Truoc was the woman featured on the Saigon episode of Street Food on Netflix.

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Banh Nam

Address: 213 Bùi Viện, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 7:30AM-11PM, Sun-Thurs / 7:30AM-11:30PM, Fri-SatWhat lớn Order: Grilled chicken, specialWhat We Paid: Between VND 23,000-41,000 per banh mi


4. Phuc Hai

Take a good look at this banh mi. Vì you see anything special? If you said “crispy pork belly”, then you’d be right.

Known as banh ngươi heo quay, what you’re looking at is banh ngươi made with roasted pork belly và the usual ingredients like cucumber, carrot, & cilantro.

Nice và fatty with crackingly crisp skin, it was absolutely delicious and perhaps the best banh mày we had in Saigon. If you lượt thích crispy pork belly, then you’re going to lớn love the banh mày heo cù at Phuc Hai.

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It doesn’t seem like banh mày heo con quay is available at every banh mi stall so we specifically searched for one that had it. We found Phuc nhị near our serviced apartment in District 3.

They have a solid 4.8 rating from local reviewers on Google Maps and a respectable 7.4 on Vietnamese review site foody.vn.


Do a few searches on foody.vn và you’ll see how chintzy Vietnamese reviewers tend to lớn be. 7.4 was one of the higher overall scores I’ve seen on that site.

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Phuc Hai

Address: 3 Nguyen Thuong Hien, Ward 5, District 3, Hi chi Minh City, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-9PM, dailyWhat to Order: Banh ngươi heo quayWhat We Paid: VND 17,000 per banh ngươi heo quay


5. Banh ngươi Hoa Ma

Banh mi Hoa Ma is another popular Saigon street food stall that’s featured on many blogs và travel food shows. Lượt thích Banh mi Huynh Hoa, we learned about it from Luke Nguyen’s show.

They’re known for this beautiful pan of food called banh mày op la which consists of a baguette, two fried eggs, pate, an assortment of meats, và a side of pickled vegetables. Again, super simple but delicious and fun to eat!

They also offer a similar version assembled in sandwich form but without the fried eggs. It’s called banh mi kep thit. But what this place is really known for is the banh mi op la so I suggest getting that.

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Banh mày Hoa Ma is one of the more popular Saigon restaurants. They’re xuất hiện only from 6-11AM so you’ll need to lớn come early lest they run out of food.

As you can see below, there’s no indoor seating. Plastic tables và chairs are set up in an alleyway by the side of a building. For me, this is what the Saigon street food experience is all about.

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Here’s Ren digging into her perfectly baked baguette. Banh ngươi Hoa Ma was just one of three Saigon restaurants we revisited from two years ago.


Not only is the banh mi op la delicious, but it’s such so much fun eating it on the side of the road like this. Definitely a must-try food experience in Saigon!

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Banh mày Hoa Ma

Address: 53 Cao Thắng, Phường 3, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 6-11AM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Banh mi op laWhat We Paid: VND 52,000 for banh mày op la


6. Banh mi Trang Thi

What an interesting find this was. I was walking to Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong for breakfast when I chanced upon this stall offering Turkish doner kebabs wrapped in Vietnamese banh mi.

They were shaving doner meat off a vertical rotisserie then stuffing them with vegetables & a sriracha-mayo-type sauce into these triangle-shaped slices of bread.

I love Turkish cuisine và Vietnamese food so this interesting mashup was already enticing enough, but the crowd of locals waiting khổng lồ get takeout told me this place couldn’t be missed. They were right.

It looks lượt thích they have an actual restaurant but this takeout stall only offers two options – regular & special. I don’t know what the difference is but I got the special version of the doner kebab banh mi.

The meat is smokey and juicy và stuffed in Vietnamese-style bread. It’s flatter than the typical baguette but it has a similar texture – crisp on the outside & crumbly on the inside.

The sandwich is tasty and unlike any banh ngươi sandwich I’ve ever had. If you want lớn have a different type of banh mày in Saigon, then you should definitely try Banh mi Trang Thi.

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Banh mày Trang Thi is located in District 3. It’s a popular Saigon street food stall so be prepared for a wait. I must have waited at least twenty minutes lớn get my banh mi.

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Banh mi Trang Thi

Address: 151 Trương Định, Phường 9, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30AM-10:30PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Doner kebab banh miWhat We Paid: VND 27,000-37,000 for a banh mi


PHO

Like banh mi, pho is a Vietnamese national dish. It’s a noodle soup that’s said to lớn have its roots in nam giới Dịnh Province in northern Vietnam but it’s now enjoyed throughout the country.

Pho is typically made with four basic ingredients – a clear stock, rice noodles, meat (typically beef or chicken), & herbs.

7. Pho Le

When we visited Saigon two years ago, our Inspitrip tour guide và the owner of our homestay both recommended Pho Le lớn us. Two locals recommending the same pho restaurant pretty much guaranteed that this place would be awesome, & it was.

It turned out lớn be my favorite bowl of pho not just in Saigon, but in all the cities I visited in Vietnam.

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I had pho many times at different restaurants in Hanoi and the broth in southern versions is sweeter than its northern counterparts. Another difference is that it’s served with bean sprouts và a much wider variety of fresh herbs.

If you like pho, then you should definitely eat at Pho Le. Their Vo Van tung branch is in the same area as Bot Chien Dat Thanh, Com tam Tran Quy Cap, Ca Phe vày Phu, & Co Lieng so you can vì chưng a Saigon food crawl and visit all of these restaurants in one day.

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Pho isn’t my favorite type of noodle soup in Vietnam but this bowl of pho thap cam – served with beef tendon, meatballs, & brisket – was the best damn pho I’ve ever tasted.

The broth was extremely flavorful and delicious. Plus, I enjoyed all the fresh greens that you could freely địa chỉ cửa hàng to your bowl.

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Pho Le has two restaurants in Saigon. Pictured below is the branch along Nguyen Trai Street in District 5. This is the branch we visited on our most most recent trip.

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This is their second branch on Vo Van tung Street. Both branches are TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardees with a 4.5-star rating.

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Pho Le

Address: 415 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường 7, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 6AM-1AM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: PhoWhat We Paid: VND 70,000-80,000 per bowl of pho


8. Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong

Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong was the pho restaurant featured on Street Food on Netflix. Judging by how busy it is, this has to lớn be one of the most famous restaurants in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.

The large cafeteria-like space was packed with locals enjoying pho for breakfast at around nine in the morning.

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I had the beef pho và as expected, it was delicious – clean-tasting with soft và silky rice noodles. I had already devoured a banh mày from Banh mi Trang Thi but I blitzed through this bowl anyway. Eating it with the crunchy raw bean sprouts và fresh greens is so enjoyable.

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Here’s a closeup of the beef with pho rice noodles. Personally, I preferred Pho Le but Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong wasn’t far behind.

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Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong is located in District 3. They have a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor with just a handful of reviews, but they bởi vì have well over 2,300 on Google Maps giving them an average rating of 4.1 stars. When it comes khổng lồ pho, this place really does seem to lớn be one of the best restaurants in Saigon.

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Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong

Address: 14/5Bis Kỳ Đồng, Phường 9, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, VietnamOperating Hours: 5AM-1:30AM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: PhoWhat We Paid: VND 57,000 for pho bo & nuoc mia


BUN THIT NUONG

Bun thit nuong is one of our favorite Vietnamese dishes. It’s a dry noodle dish made with cold rice vermicelli noodles dressed in a nuoc cham sauce (Vietnamese fish sauce) and topped with grilled pork, bean sprouts, pickled carrots, fresh herbs, roasted peanuts, & a deep-fried spring roll (cha gio).

Though not exactly the same, it’s basically what bun thân phụ is known as outside of Hanoi.

9. Bun Thit Nuong Nguyen Trung Truc

We had one of our best meals in Saigon from this street food stall in District 1. We had just come from Saigon’s famed cafe Apartments when we were struck with a serious craving for bun thit nuong.

We hopped on Google Maps & it led us to this Saigon food stall grilling pork on the sidewalk – Bun Thit Nuong Nguyen Trung Truc.

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This place only makes bun thit nuong & they make it exceptionally well. As described, this was delicious and one of the most enjoyable meals we had in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.

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Here’s a closer look at that delicious grilled pork. Lượt thích many Vietnamese dishes, bun thit nuong is a perfect balance of flavor và texture. Sweet, savory, smokey, crunchy, nutty, spicy, và a little sour, this dish has everything. It’s so so good.

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Bun Thit Nuong Nguyen Trung Truc is popular & gets crowded at noon. Most of the customers were office workers on their lunch break but there were a few tourists lượt thích us who probably stumbled upon the place by chance.


Based on what I’ve read, Nguyen Trung Truc is one of the best & most famous street food stalls in Saigon to lớn have bun thit nuong.

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Bun Thit Nuong Nguyen Trung Truc

Address: 1 Đường Nguyễn Trung Trực, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-5PM, Thurs-Sun, Tues / 10AM-8:30PM, tháng / 24 hrs, WedWhat to Order: Bun thit nuongWhat We Paid: VND 46,000 per bowl of bun thit nuong


10. Bun Thit Nuong Kieu Bao

This was one of the stops on my Saigon motorbike tour with Saigon on Motorbike. According lớn my tour guide, Kieu Bao is a bun thit nuong restaurant that’s popular with locals.

Their bun thit nuong was indeed delicious but I didn’t find it to be quite as good as Nguyen Trung Truc’s. As you can tell from the picture below, the meat wasn’t as juicy & the phụ thân gio not as delicate. Still, it was very good and worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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Bun Thit Nuong Kieu Bao seems to have several branches scattered throughout Saigon. My guide took me to the branch on De Tham Street in District 1.

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Bun Thit Nuong Kieu Bao

Address: 139 Đường Đề Thám, Phường Cô Giang, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 11AM-9PM, dailyWhat to Order: Bun thit nuongWhat We Paid: VND 26,000 per bowl of bun thit nuong


COM TAM SUON NUONG

Com tam means “broken rice” while suon nuong refers lớn a marinated charcoal-grilled pork chop. Together, com tam suon nuong refers to lớn a dish of broken rice topped with a grilled pork chop.

This type of rice is called “broken rice” because it’s made with fragments of rice grains that were broken either in the field, during drying, during transport, or by milling.

I haven’t eaten it enough to lớn really notice the difference but people have described it as being nuttier than regular rice, almost lượt thích risotto.

11. Com Tam Tran Qui Cap

The same tour guide that recommended Pho Le lớn us also led us to this place. According to him, Com Tam Tran Quy Cap has a reputation for being one of the best restaurants in Saigon to lớn have broken rice.

It’s been open for decades và was a favorite of both his father & grandfather. Three generations of Saigon locals telling you to go somewhere is advice you don’t ignore.

I’m happy we didn’t because this plate of broken rice with a grilled pork chop was one of the best meals we had in Saigon. The pork chop was delicious – savory sweet và exceedingly tender. Before this meal, I had no idea pork chop could be this good. I was blown away.

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Com Tam Tran Qui Cap is located in District 3, not far from a few other restaurants on this list. You can refer khổng lồ the maps at the bottom of this post to lớn see its exact location.

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Com Tam Tran Qui Cap

Address: 260 Võ Văn Tần, phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-9PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Com tam suon nuongWhat We Paid: VND 65,000 per order of com tam suon nuong


12. Ca Phe vì chưng Phu

This cà phê is one of the most fascinating places on this list. Lượt thích Bun Thit Nuong Kieu Bao, it was one of the stops on my Saigon night tour with Saigon on Motorbike.

But we didn’t stop here to lớn eat or have coffee. I’ll explain why below but Ren and I went back khổng lồ this Saigon coffee siêu thị a few days later khổng lồ have their com tam suon nuong, which my guide described as one of his favorites in Saigon.

Aside from the grilled pork chop, Ca Phe bởi Phu gives you the option of adding a fried egg, shreds of pork skin, and stuffing to your meal.

I wanted the works but they were out of stuffing so I settled for the pork skin and fried egg. It was delicious with a wonderful medley of flavors and textures, but not quite as good I thought as Com Tam Tran Qui Cap.

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But regardless of the pork chop, you should definitely check out Ca Phe vì chưng Phu because it offers so much more than good broken rice & coffee.

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When you first walk into the cafe, you’d think it were just a coffe with a quirky vintage theme but everything on display here has historical value.

My guide took me on a tour of the coffe and explained to me that it used lớn be the trang chủ of a Viet Cong supporter. This house played a significant role in the Vietnam War.

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If you didn’t know the history of the house, then you’d never realize that beneath the floor is an underground bunker accessible through this trap door.

My guide told me that the owner used to lớn hold secret meetings here with members of the Viet Cong. He’d hide weapons & artillery in secret rooms like this one, even providing refuge lớn soldiers và officers wanted by the Americans.

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Go through the trap door và you’ll find this bunker with a cache of weapons & uniforms. And this bunker is just the beginning.

My guide would take me through secret ladders và passageways that the Viet Cong could use as escape routes in the sự kiện that their secret meetings were discovered.

I explored the house on a guided tour but Ca Phe vị Phu’s owners will let you explore the house on your own for free. You can kiểm tra out my Saigon night tour video clip to see clips of these secret passageways.


If you have a particular interest in the Vietnam War or just want khổng lồ see something different, then you should kiểm tra out Ca Phe do Phu. It’s definitely one of the most interesting cà phê restaurants in Saigon.

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Ca Phe vì Phu

Address: 72 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-10PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Com tam suon nuongWhat We Paid: VND 30,000-45,000 for com tam suon nuong


SNAILS / SEAFOOD

Our Vinh Khanh Street experience from two years ago was one of the things that really turned us on to lớn Saigon’s street food.

Nicknamed “Seafood Street”, Vinh Khanh is a colorful street in District 4 that’s filled with street food stalls on either side selling different types of seafood & snails. We love snails which is why we enjoyed District 4 so much.

Vinh Khanh may be one of the best places in Saigon to lớn have a snail feast, but it isn’t the only place. In fact, street food stalls selling snails & seafood are ubiquitous in Saigon.

The fact that you can find them pretty much anywhere is one of the reasons why we think Saigon is one of the best food cities in Vietnam.

13. Oc Loan

I love seafood so I wanted lớn have a seafood street food feast on my first night in Saigon. We were staying in District 3 so I wanted to find a good restaurant that I could easily walk to. Google Maps led me to lớn Oc Loan, a hidden street food stall at the kết thúc of this dark alley.

With hardly any people around, I was a bit nervous to go through at first but I’m so glad I did. Because waiting for me at the over of this alleyway was a seafood feast that would perfectly encapsulate the Saigon street food experience.

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Walk through the dark alleyway và you’ll eventually get khổng lồ this row of street food stalls selling all kinds of seafood. This, for me, is what Saigon street food is all about.

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Oc Loan is just one of many street food stalls here. I chose it because of its positive reviews on Google Maps.

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A bowl of mud creepers cooked in coconut milk. We had these at Oc Oanh along Vinh Khanh Street two years ago. They’re delicious and a popular snail dish among locals.

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Snails & clams grilling over charcoal.

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I asked my server for recommendations và one of the dishes he suggested was this tasty clam soup made with leeks and lemongrass.

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He also recommended these jumbo oysters smothered in a cheese sauce. Aside from these two dishes, I had another clam dish as well as stir-fried noodles with morning glory. Everything was delicious.

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Oc Loan

Address: 174/41 Nguyễn Thiện Thuật, Phường 3, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 9AM-9PM, dailyWhat to Order: Seafood, snailsWhat We Paid: VND 230,000 for two clam dishes, oysters, & noodles with morning glory


14. Oc Oanh

This was the restaurant that blew us away two years ago. We asked Inspitrip to take us to lớn some of the best Saigon street food stalls and this was one of the places they took us to.

Located along Vinh Khanh Street, there are many street food stalls on this strip but Oc Oanh is clearly one of the most popular. Luke Nguyen featured this place as well on the second episode of Street Food Asia. We enjoyed this place so much that we wound up eating here twice on consecutive nights.

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One of the things that Vinh Khanh Street is known for are its snail dishes. According khổng lồ our guide, sea snails are popular among the Vietnamese but they’re difficult to prepare at home, which is why nearly every restaurant on this strip serves them. Pictured below is a dish of snails cooked with chili salt.

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These are the same mud creepers cooked in coconut milk I showed you earlier. You eat them with lime salt, chili, and fresh greens. They’re delicious.

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This looks like an oyster but it’s some type of large clam served in a cream sauce.

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Aside from the food, what I loved most about Vinh Khanh Street was the atmosphere. You’re literally stuffing your face with delicious seafood while watching traffic whizz by.


When it comes to lớn seafood as street food, Oc Oanh is definitely one of the best restaurants in Saigon.

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Oc Oanh

Address: 534 Đường Vĩnh Khánh, phường 10, Quận 4, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 1PM-12MN, dailyWhat to Order: Seafood, snailsWhat We Paid: About VND 400,000 for a seafood feast for two with beers


15. Mrs Truoc’s Snail Stall

Mrs. Truoc was the vendor featured on Street Food on Netflix. Each episode features several eateries in every city but there’s always one main storyline. Mrs Truoc and her struggle lớn succeed in the street food business was the main storyline in the Vietnam episode.

Among all the Saigon restaurants we had on our itinerary, this was the one we were most excited about.

Mrs. Truoc’s stall is located in this alley in District 1. It isn’t that easy to lớn find so be sure khổng lồ refer to this maps to see exactly where it is. We went khổng lồ the completely wrong neighborhood on our first attempt but thankfully, we found it on our second.

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If you watched the show, then you may remember that Mrs. Truoc knew how lớn make just one snail dish – her father’s recipe for mud creepers.

At the time of our visit, her repertoire has expanded to about six snail dishes and just as many clam dishes. We wanted a snail feast so we ordered four plates of snails and one clam dish.

Looking at her menu, it appears as if each type of snail or clam can be prepared in two or three ways. We didn’t really know what khổng lồ get so we let our hệ thống decide.

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Some snails species are so small that you’ll need lớn pry them out using safety pins. The larger snails can be fished out using a small two-pronged fork.

Some snails were grilled with pepper, others were fried with garlic or tamarind. Everything we had was delicious.

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As tasty as the snails were, they aren’t very filling so we ordered one clam dish for variety và to help fill us up. I believe these were steamed with chili.

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Here’s Mrs. Truoc busily filling out orders for dine-in customers and for takeout. After learning about her struggles on the show, it was nice khổng lồ see her stall thriving.

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Table after table of happy customers dining on Mrs. Truoc’s snails. Because of the show’s popularity, I was expecting to lớn find more foreigners but we were the only ones there. It looks as if the stall was already popular with locals even before it was featured on Street Food. Awesome!

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Mrs Truoc’s Snail Stall

Address: 169 Cô Bắc, Phường Cô Giang, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-2PM, Mon-Fri (closed Sat-Sun)What khổng lồ Order: Snails, clamsWhat We Paid: VND 25,000 per snail dish


OTHER DISHES và RESTAURANTS IN SAIGON

16. Cha Ca La Vong

If you’ve been khổng lồ Hanoi, then you may recognize this place. It’s an iconic restaurant that’s credited for popularizing thân phụ ca – a delicious dish of grilled turmeric-marinated catfish served with a mini-forest of fresh dill.

The original restaurant still exists in Hanoi today, though based on its lukewarm reviews, it’s best days may be behind it. Not so with this restaurant in Ho bỏ ra Minh City.

If you’ve tried this dish in Hanoi, then you’ll know how good it is. Not only is it tasty, but it’s one of the most visually appealing dishes we’ve had in Vietnam.

A mountain of forest green dill is heaped onto a frying pan with golden orange nuggets of breaded catfish. It’s pan-fried on your table using a small burner, so you can hear it sizzling & popping as it cooks. It’s so incredibly appetizing.

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I’m not sure if they use the same fish in Saigon but thân phụ ca is typically made with hemibagrus catfish, a genus of catfish caught in the rivers of northern Vietnam.

It’s sliced into matchbox-sized nuggets then marinated in galangal, turmeric, and other spices before being grilled. It’s then brought out khổng lồ pan fry on your table with spring onions and dill.

When cooked, the fish nuggets are served with rice vermicelli, roasted peanuts, coriander, và a nuoc cham dipping sauce. If you like, you can also add a bit of mam tom which is a pungent dip made with Vietnamese shrimp paste and lime juice.

The fish is tender và flaky on the inside with a slightly charred, caramelized coating. The grilling process gives it smokiness while the dill imparts a wonderful aroma lớn the dish. It’s so damn good.

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As described, thân phụ ca is a dish associated with Hanoi but if you want to lớn try it in Saigon, then there’s no better place lớn have it than at phụ thân Ca La Vong. It’s pricier compared to lớn other Vietnamese dishes but worth it. The Saigon restaurant is located in District 3.

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Cha Ca La Vong

Address: 3-5 Hồ Xuân Hương, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 11AM-2PM, 5-10PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: thân phụ caWhat We Paid: VND 180,000 per person


17. Teo Lieng

Finding a good bo la lot place was one of our priorities on this trip, & thanks to lớn the Saigon episode of Somebody Feed Phil, we found it. In the episode, Phil’s guide Simon introduces him to lớn bo la lot which he describes as his favorite dish.

Bo la lot is a Vietnamese dish made with seasoned beef that’s wrapped in lolot or betel leaves before being grilled over charcoal.

Resembling cigars, they’re typically garnished with roasted peanuts and chopped green onion và served with a side of Vietnamese rice paper, lettuce, pickled vegetables, & a nuoc cham dipping sauce.

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To eat, you wrap the beef “cigar” in a sheet of Vietnamese rice paper with the vegetables then roll it up.

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Bo la lot has a good balance of flavor & texture. The beef is smokey và a bit medicinal in taste from the betel leaves while the vegetables impart freshness & crunch. Smokey, sweet, sour, savory, spicy, crunchy, & a little bitter, this dish has it all & goes very well with beer.

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Co Lieng is located in District 3, just a block away from Pho Le.

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Co Lieng

Address: 321 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 8AM-11PM, dailyWhat to Order: Bo la lotWhat We Paid: VND 97,000 for bo la lot and beers


18. Bot Chien Dat Thanh

This was one of the Saigon restaurants we visited with our food tour guide. According khổng lồ him, Dat Thanh is a local favorite known for their bot chien, which is a fried rice flour dish made with egg and served with a side of green papaya.

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If you’re fond of Malaysian or Singaporean food, then this dish may be familiar to you. It’s similar lớn char koay kak in Malaysia or chai tow kueh (“carrot cake”) in Singapore.

But unlike the Malaysian và Singaporean versions, bot chien doesn’t contain daikon radish. It’s made with cubed rice flour và tapioca starch that’s fried in lard with egg until golden brown và crisp.

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Bot Chien Dat Thanh is located in District 3, along Vo Van chảy Street near several of the restaurants featured on this list.

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Bot Chien Dat Thanh

Address: 277 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 2-11PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Bot chienWhat We Paid: VND 26,000 per order of bot chien


19. Com Ga xoi Mo Su Su

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Saigon. They serve some of the best fried chicken we’ve ever tasted in our lives.

Like a few of the places on this list, we learned about Com Ga xoi Mo Su Su from the second episode of Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia.

If you’re wondering what this odd-looking contraption is, it’s the frying machine invented by the restaurant’s owner. At the flip of a switch, hot oil (around 180°C) would shower down from the vị trí cao nhất of the machine onto poached chicken wings or thighs. The oil would go through the screen and back into the pool below before being sent back up again.

He would leave the chicken under this waterfall of oil for a few minutes not necessarily to lớn cook it, since it’s already been poached in a master stock, but to lớn supremely crisp up the skin.

It’s for this reason why his fried chicken is referred to as “waterfall chicken”. So cool!

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This is the red rice they serve with the fried chicken. Like the waterfall fryer, the owner built this machine to lớn automatically stir the rice so it doesn’t burn.

While we were having lunch, I noticed a workstation at the back of the shop with disassembled gadgets lượt thích radios, computers, etc. It’s clear that this guy really likes to tinker with machines.

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There’s no arguing with the results. You can tell from looking at this picture how delicately crisp that chicken skin is. Và because it wasn’t deep-fried, it isn’t as oily.

It’s so damn good, especially when dipped in that secret dark homemade sauce. It’s savory sweet & very garlicky, kinda lượt thích soy sauce with teriyaki and oyster sauce, maybe some hoisin & other spices.

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Com Ga xoi Mo Su Su is located in District 3 fronting the river. It isn’t as easy to get lớn so you may want to book a Grab xe đạp or car to this place.

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Here’s the mad tinkering genius himself! This was taken on our first visit two years ago. Too bad he wasn’t there on our most recent stop.

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Com Ga xuyên Mo Su Su

Address: 1067 Hoàng Sa, phường 11, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 10:30AM-9:30PM, dailyWhat to Order: Com gaWhat We Paid: VND 42,000 per order of com ga


20. Xuyên Ga Ut map Number One

This xuyên or sticky rice stall was another restaurant we learned about from Luke Nguyen’s show. There are actually two stalls here almost right next to lớn each other, both with very similar names and both specializing in xuyên ga or steamed chicken with glutinous rice.

I was crawling through the Cu chi Tunnels when Ren ate here so I didn’t get lớn try it. But according lớn her, it was delicious, with the notable flavor of fried shallots.

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This shop has an interesting backstory. According to Luke, there was a street food vendor named BamMoy who would walk up và down this area selling Xôi Gà over fifty years ago. She became so popular that she eventually opened her own siêu thị called xuyên Ga Number One.

Fast forward many years later và BamMoy is now in her nineties & has since passed on the business to one of her daughters. However, the other daughter wasn’t too happy about it so she opened her own stall a couple of doors down called xuyên Ga Ut maps Number One.

In his show, Luke advised would-be diners khổng lồ go khổng lồ the original, which is what Ren did. But for some reason, they seated her at the sister’s stall whilst serving her xuyên ga from the original shop.


Not sure what that was all about but perhaps relations have cooled between the two sisters over the years.

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Xoi Ga Ut Map

Address: 21/19 Nguyễn Trung Trực, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-9PM, dailyWhat to Order: xoi gaWhat We Paid: VND 15,000 per order of xuyên ga


21. Hu Tieu Breakfast Stall

This breakfast stall is located right next to lớn our serviced apartment building – Babylon D3 (Booking.com | Agoda). I’m not even sure if this place has a name but they’d mix up metal tables và chairs on the side of the road every morning.

Every day we’d walk by this place and find every seat taken by locals slurping down delicious bowls of noodle soup before heading off to lớn work. A no name eatery flooded with locals is always a good sign so I had to lớn try it.

I’m so happy I did because this bowl of hu tieu with shrimp and egg was one of the best dishes I had in Saigon. It was so damn good.

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From what I understand, hu tieu is recognized as a breakfast dish with Cambodian roots. It’s prepared by moistening noodles with garlic oil then dressing them with a sticky brown sauce made with oyster sauce, soy sauce, và sugar.

The bowl is filled with a clear broth made from pork bones, dried squid, and sugar, & then seasoned with fish sauce. It’s then topped with a variety of meats lượt thích pork, duck, seafood, or offal.

I’m not sure if the Vietnamese version is prepared in exactly the same way but I had the soup version of this dish many times in the Mekong Delta region and loved it.

It quickly became one of my favorite noodle soup dishes in Vietnam. Based on what I’ve read, hu tieu became popular in Saigon và southern Vietnam in the 1960s.

This was my first time to try the dry version of hu tieu which I enjoyed just as much as the soup. Every hu tieu soup I had in the Mekong Delta was topped with pork, but this one had shrimp & bits of what seemed lượt thích scrambled egg.

The shrimp was soft, succulent, & savory sweet while the egg imparted richness and creaminess. It was absolutely delicious.

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This beef soup was delicious as well. The broth was flavorful và the cuts of beef were super tender. I don’t know if they always serve this with the dry hu tieu but I’m happy they gave it to me.

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This is what the stall looks lượt thích after they’ve run out of food. Notice the folded up metal tables? You can see Babylon D3’s sign lớn the left of the stall.


This place doesn’t seem khổng lồ show up on Google Maps but you can go lớn the Babylon D3 serviced léman luxury to find it. It’s in alley 136 near the corner of Vuon Chuoi Street. They only serve breakfast till they run out of food so be sure khổng lồ get here as early as you can.

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Hu Tieu Breakfast Stall

Address: Hem 136 Vườn Chuối, Phường 4, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam (to the right of Bablyon 3 chiều serviced apartments)Operating Hours: Mornings onlyWhat lớn Order: Hu tieu with shrimp và egg, beef soupWhat We Paid: VND 48,000 for hu tieu & beef soup


22. Vietnam House Restaurant

As you can probably tell by now, we’re fans of Luke Nguyen & his shows so we couldn’t visit Saigon without enjoying a meal at his restaurant.

As you can tell from this picture, Vietnam House is an upscale restaurant in District 1 serving elevated interpretations of popular Vietnamese dishes like cha gio và banh xeo.

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Speaking of elevating a dish, we started with these fried lobster netted spring rolls which are Luke’s interpretation of phụ thân gio or deep-fried spring rolls. They’re stuffed with lobster, prawn, và wood-ear mushrooms.

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Like many fried Vietnamese dishes, these spring rolls are best enjoyed wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves và topped with pickled vegetables. These were delicious và perhaps my favorite dish from tonight’s meal.

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This is Luke’s version of banh xeo made with crab, Iberico pork, và palm heart. Fancy!

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For our main course, we had this delicious bowl of braised wagyu beef cheek in coconut juice, green pepper, carrot, and shallots.

Served with a banh ngươi baguette, the sauce was rich & flavorful và the beef cheek was so tender it practically dissolved in your mouth. So good!

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Vietnam House Restaurant is located in District 1, just a short walk from Saigon’s famed coffe Apartments.


If you’re looking to lớn have a special meal in Saigon – one that doesn’t involve sitting on plastic stools by the side of the road – then Luke’s restaurant is a good place to consider. It’s a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee with a superb 4.5-star rating.

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Vietnam House Restaurant

Address: 93-95, 97 Đồng Khởi, Street, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 11:30AM-3PM, 5:30-11PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Fried lobster netted spring rolls, braised wagyu beef cheekWhat We Paid: VND 1,500,000 for two people


23. Sushi Ko

I wouldn’t normally add a sushi restaurant to lớn a Saigon restaurant guide but this place was recommended khổng lồ us by our Inspitrip guide, the same local who led us to Pho Le, Bot Chien Dat Thanh, Oc Oanh, and Com Tam Tran Qui Cap.

According to lớn him, Sushi Ko enjoys somewhat of a cult following amongst locals because it isn’t often that you see sushi sold as street food in Saigon. On đứng top of that, they serve very good sushi.

Sushi Ko is located along Vinh Khanh Street in District 4, just around the corner from Oc Oanh. We’ve been wanting to eat here ever since we learned about it two years ago.

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Sushi Ko has an extensive thực đơn featuring fancy sushi rolls, sahimi, and other Japanese dishes. They even have anago here.

We started off with this beautiful Sushi Ko Special Maki roll made with different types of fish, cucumber, egg, avocado, & flying fish roe.

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Pictured below is an unagi và avocado maki.

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We ordered this seaweed salad to lớn enjoy with our beer. They pop in your mouth and taste briny & a bit slimy, but in a good way.

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If you think Sushi Ko is all about novelty, it isn’t. Seated two tables away from us was this group of Japanese businessmen who looked like they came straight from work.


Sushi Ko serves excellent sushi so if you’re in the mood for Japanese food in Saigon – in a space that isn’t like your typical Japanese restaurant – then you may want to check out Sushi Ko. It’s along Vinh Khanh Street so it would make a great stop on a District 4 Saigon food crawl.

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Sushi Ko


24. Minh Chau

Gio thân phụ Minh Chau is a Saigon takeout stall selling different kinds of Vietnamese food products. We asked our homestay host what Vietnamese delicacies we could bring home and she suggested cha lua or Vietnamese pork sausage. What I’m holding here is a half kilo worth of phụ vương lua.

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Cha lua or gio lua is made with lean pork, potato starch, garlic, ground đen pepper, and nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce). The pork is pounded until it becomes pasty before being seasoned with spices và fish sauce.

It can’t be chopped or ground since that would leave the meat fibrous, dry, and crumbly. Achieving a springy texture is key which is why the pounding process is important. The mixture is then wrapped tightly in banana leaves into a cylindrical shape & boiled.

Pictured below is a dish topped with thân phụ lua. It’s already cooked so you just need lớn quickly slice and pan fry it before eating.


As described, the texture is a bit gummy & chewy and reminiscent of a firmer fish cake. I loved it & wished we had brought back more than just half a kilo. If you like SPAM or other processed meats, then you’re going to lớn love phụ thân lua.

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“cha lua banh cuon” by stu_spivack, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 / Processed in Photoshop & Lightroom


Gio thân phụ Minh Chau is the cửa hàng our host pointed us to. It’s located in Saigon’s District 1.

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Minh Chau

Address: 76 Lý Tự Trọng, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 6AM-6PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: cha luaWhat We Paid: VND 110,000 per half kilo of thân phụ lua


25. Ben Thanh Street Food Market

This last entry isn’t a food stall or restaurant in Saigon but a food market. Ren và I love street food but we understand that not everyone may have the stomach for it.

If down và dirty Saigon street food isn’t really your thing, then you’re going to lớn enjoy Ben Thanh Street Food Market.

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Located near Ben Thanh Market, this place is a trendy Saigon food market with several individual stalls selling different types of food. The venue is clean and the atmosphere is pleasant.


It basically caters to tourists who want to lớn experience Saigon street food in a less gritty setting. Although most offered Vietnamese food, there were a few stalls that sold other types of cuisine as well lượt thích hot dogs & Korean food.

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Ben Thanh Street Food Market


LOCATION MAP

To help you navigate, I’ve pinned the Saigon restaurants và street food stalls recommended in this guide on this map.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Vietnamese food is amazing. It’s attention to the Yin and Yang of flavor, texture, và temperature never ceases to captivate us. It’s one of our favorite cuisines in the world và something we will never grow tired of.

When we go on one of our lengthy traveleating trips, I usually start craving for familiar comfort foods after two weeks, but not so in Vietnam. I was in the country for a month & I still couldn’t get enough of Vietnamese food.

Vietnamese food is delicious throughout the country but as described, we think the food in Saigon is the best. This food guide of 25 restaurants is a big improvement from our previous version of ten.

I’m proud of it but lớn be honest, we’re only just beginning lớn scratch the surface of all the tasty things Ho chi Minh city has to lớn offer. There is so much good food in Saigon that two trips isn’t enough to vì chưng it justice. We’ll definitely be back và with each return visit, we’ll be refining and building upon this Saigon food guide.

For more recommendations in Saigon, do check out our friend Max’s YouTube channel. He’s been based in Vietnam for over a year now & has been putting out some amazing videos on Saigon food.

Thanks for reading guys & have an amazing time exploring the many delicious restaurants in Saigon!


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