I love visiting Vietnam (6 trips & counting)! When I get off the airplane, the special humid air just hits right away & it is a sense of feeling that can only be felt in Vietnam. Aside from visiting family and sightseeing, the street food is a big reason I love to visit!
All the dishes mentioned below can also be found in restaurants as well, but if you are adventurous try to find a vendor on the sidewalk. Chances are, if you are visiting Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), you will be staying in the District 1 (or vicinity). This is good thing since many of the street vendors are located in this area. Also, Ben Thanh market is located right in the middle of District 1, where you will find everything on this list (or just outside the market).
FYI – Prices will range from $1-$5 USD depending on the dish. So please enjoy:
Banh Cuon (Steamed rice noodles with pork & shrimp) – served with sweet fish sauce. A common dish for either breakfast or lunch.
Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli Rice Noodles with Grilled Pork) – served with sweet fish sauce. A quick lunch time food found all over the city, filled with lots of vegetables. Usually not as filling as the Banh Cuon above.
Bot Chien (Rice cubes fried with egg & scallions) – served with sweet soy sauce. This is usually found served at night since it is a great snack to have with an adult beverage.
Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crepe) – served with sweet fish sauce. The yellow shell usually comes from tumeric or mung beans, and also includes coconut milk. Inside filling is stuffed with pork, shrimp, bean sprouts, & onions. This is a personal favorite of mine!
Bun Rieu (Crab Tomato based, noodle soup) – The red broth comes mostly from the tomatoes. The crab is minced and combined with eggs, then dropped into the broth. Full of flavor from the broth & accompanying garnishes.
Hu Tieu (Pork Noodle Soup) – There are many variations to this soup…broth on the side, egg or rice noodles, with or without shrimp, etc. Just know that it probably ranks #2 behind Pho for most popular noodle soup in Saigon.
Com Tam Suon (Broken Rice with Pork) – A lunch time meal, fairly basic with presentation, but packs a lot of flavor. The rice grain itself is smaller since it was crushed/broken before cooking. The meat are various types of pork (grilled, sausage, steamed with eggs, etc.) This is very popular with the locals!
Finally, the last must try….an all-star video collection of Vietnamese Street Foods!!! Whether you visit Vietnam or a Vietnamese restaurant in your neighborbood, try these foods out! Hope you are hungry 😉
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