Your Guide To Eating in Saigon, Vietnam 🇻🇳
Xin chao! 👋🏽 Ho Chi Minh City is one of the world’s best street food destinations. Here are my tips!
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Culture 101 🇻🇳 When it comes to street food in Vietnam, expect small stools and tiny tables.
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❕Pro-tip❕When ordering street food, have small bills ready since vendors might not make change.
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❕Pro-tip❕Condiments are everything. Use the chili oil and lime. The small chilis are VERY spicy.🌶
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❕Pro-tip❕Vietnam is a vegetarian paradise. Bong Sung Vegetarian Restaurant is a local favorite.🌱
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What’s in a cup? ☕️ The milk in Vietnamese coffee is sweetened condensed milk.
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Although “pho” originated in the north, the southern version of this soup is much more flavorful.
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Another soup is “hu tieu,” made with thinner rice noodles. It’s similar to Thai boat noodles.
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Maison Marou is Saigon’s very own chocolate factory. All chocolate in the cafe is made on-site.
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“Banh Xeo” is a savory crepe stuffed with pork, prawns, and bean sprouts made with coconut flour.
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“Bun Rieu” is a crab soup infused with tomatoes. This one is topped with “oc”, freshwater snails.
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“Bánh Tran Nuong” is a Vietnamese versión of a pizza, made with toasted rice paper as the base.
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My favorite breakfast is “bo ne,” meaning spitting beef, since the meal is served on a hot plate.
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Got coffee? In addition to Vietnamese “ca phe,” you can order coconut coffee at Okkio Cafe.
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“Bánh Khot” are crispy bite-sized pancakes. M.O.M Cooking Class is my favorite cooking school.
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The Lunch Lady was made famous by Anthony Bourdain. They have a different soup item every lunch.
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“Tra Da,” or iced tea, is a non-sweetened free drink that accompanies most street food meals.
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“Bun Thit Nuong” is a dry noodle bowl served with grilled pork, pickled vegetables, and fried rolls.
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This 40-yr-old cart near Le Van Tam Park serves “Goi du du,” a spicy papaya salad with beef jerky.
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Saigon has the world’s largest Chinatown. “Bot Chien” are rice cakes cooked in eggs and soy sauce.
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