Top 8 Saigon Food and Drink You Must Try

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Ho Chi Minh City is the crossroad of culinary cultures, from the Oriental cuisine to Western cuisine. The Oriental is very cared to cuisine, dishes are not only delicious but also beautiful. Here are top 8 Saigon food and drink you must try in Ho Chi Minh City. At each of the Foods & Drinks, we have introduced three restaurants and eateries that we surveyed, you can refer to these restaurants.

1. Banh Mi Saigon

Banh Mi is a kind of bread made from flour, like the Baguette but smaller, and have fillings inside.

Typical fillings include steamed pork, sausage, grilled pork, canned sardines in tomato sauce, soft pork meatballs (Xiu Mai), and fried eggs. A loaf of bread can consist of one or more of these, with some vegetables or cucumber.

Suggestions

1. Banh Mi Chim Chay (5:00 pm - 11:00 pm)

Address: Thai Binh Market, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Price: 10,000 - 20,000 dong.

2. Banh Mi Moha ( 7:00 am - 7:00 pm)

Address: 269/13 De Tham, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.  Price: 18,000 dong.

3. Banh Mi Anh Phan (7:00 am - 9:00 pm)

Address: 145 Cong Quynh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Price: 10,000 - 20,000 dong.

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2. Hu Tieu

If "Pho" is the typical dish of the North, "Hu Tieu" is the typical dish of Southern Vietnam. "Hu Tieu Nam Vang", "Hu Tieu Sa Dec" and "Hu Tieu My Tho" are the most famous kinds here. It's a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, a few herbs, meat, eggs, and shrimp.

Suggestions

1. Hu Tieu Quynh (All day)
Address: A65 Nguyen Trai St., Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 69,000 - 80,000 dong.

2. Hu Tieu Thanh Xuan (6:30 am - 7:30 pm).
Address: 62 Ton That Thiep, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 30,000 - 60,000 dong.

3. Hu Tieu Chu Tu Gia (7:00 am – 9:00 pm).
Address: 217B Pham Viet Chanh, Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 35,000 - 45,000 dong.

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3. Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo (sizzling cake) which is made from rice flour the rice water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion, and bean sprouts. This mixture is poured into the hot skillet and make a big loud "xeoooo"- this is an origin of the name.

Suggestions

1. Restaurant system An La Ghien (10:00 am - 10:00 pm)

Address: 74 Suong Nguyet Anh, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Price: 50,000 - 100,000 dong.

2. Banh Xeo 46A (10:00 am - 9:00 pm)

Address: 46A Dinh Cong Trang, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, City. Price: 75,000 - 120,000 dong.

3. Banh Xeo Muoi Xiem (10:00 am - 10:00 pm)

Address: 204 Nguyen Trai Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Price: 50,000 - 110,000 dong.

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4. Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon (Spring roll) is a Saigon popular dish, mainly consisting of pork, prawn, vegetables, Bun (rice noodles) wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper (commonly known as Banh Trang). It is a popular appetizer in Vietnamese restaurants.

Suggestions

1.Restaurant  Wap and Roll (10:00 am - 10:00 pm)

Address: 62 Hai Ba Trung Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Price: 62,000 dong.

2. Restaurant system  Pho Ong Hung (6:00 am - 10:00 pm)

Address: 207 Phạm Ngu Lao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam / 18 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Price: 21,000 dong.

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5. Bun Mam

Bun Mam is a specific dish of the Southwest Vietnam and popular in Saigon. It consists of noodles, "mam", meat, seafood, and vegetables. The broth is made from "mam" which is cooked, then filtered with clean water, add a little sugar, lemon to increase the flavor, then add fish, shrimp, cuttle and roast pork. The vegetables which are eaten with Bun Mam is the specialty in Southwest of Vietnam.

Suggestions

1. Bun Mam Co Thuy (7:00 am - 9:00 pm)
Address: 63 Co Giang, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 44,000 dong.

2. Bun Mam Ben Thanh Market (6:00 am – 7:00 pm)
Address: Ben Thanh Market (22 Phan Boi Chau, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, HCMC.). Price: 77,000 dong.

3. Co Mao (6:00 am - 1:00 pm)
Address: Ben Thanh Market (store number 1020). Price: 75,000 dong.

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6. Seafood 

Seafood is a great source of Vietnam - a country has a long coastline. In Saigon, it is a favorite food, special is shellfish. Seafood & shellfish have various types to choose and cooked by lots of methods such as grill, steam, fry with some vegetation, coconut and noodle, add some of the aromatic spices in the cooking process to make the tasty dishes.

Suggestions

1.The Gioi Hai San (10:00 am - 11:00 pm)

Address: 244B Pasteur, Ward 6, District 3, HCMC. Price: 150, 000 - 500,000 dong.

2.Oc Ken Sai Gon (7:00 am - 10:00 pm)
Address: 158 Ky Con, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 60,000 - 110,000 dong.

3. Oc Dao (4:30pm – 11:30pm)
Address: 132 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 50,000 -112,000 dong.

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7. Ca Phe Sua Da

Vietnam is a national leader in coffee exports, so long ago, drinking coffee has become the cuture. Saigon people often enjoy coffee in the morning at roadside coffee shops after having breakfast. There are two main kinds: "ca phe sua da" (iced milk coffee) and "ca phe da" (iced coffee).

Suggestions

1. Café Ut Lanh (8:00 am - 10:00 pm)
Address: 283/37 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 45,000 dong.

2. Trung Nguyen Legend (7:00am – 10:00pm).
Address: 07 Nguyen Van Chiem, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 35,000 – 85,000 dong.

4. Cộng Cà Phê (7:00 am - 11:00 pm)

Address: 127 -129 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward. Price: 30,000 dong.

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8. Com Tam

Com Tam (made from broken rice) is a popular dish in Sai Gon. Its main material is cooked rice (fractured rice grains) and other savory dishes.  A rice unit has grilled pork (either ribs or shredded), “bì” (pork skin are cooked and sliced) and Vietnamese sausages. It's served with vegetable, cucumber and tomato, attached to a small bowl of fish sauce and a small bowl of soup broth (canh).

Suggestions

1. Restaurant Com Tam Cali (06:30 am - 11:00 pm)
Address: 236 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Thanh, District 1, HCMC. Price: 60,000 - 85,000 dong.

2. Com Tam Moc (7:00am - 9:00pm).
Address: 85 Ly Tu Trong, Ben Thanh, District I, HCMC. Price: 45,000 - 65,000 dong.

3. Com Tam 86 (6:00pm - 00:00pm).
Address: 151 Co Giang, Co Giang Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 35,000 - 55,000 dong.

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Above are Top 8 Saigon Food and Restaurants You Must Try in Ho Chi Minh City. You can click on each image to see specific content or refer to the Food & Drink column for more information. We prefer to choose the restaurants in the Saigon center and easy to move, so those restaurants may not be the best.

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