37 Best Restaurants In Ho Chi Minh City 2023

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If you’re a foodie & you want to visit Vietnam, Ho chi Minh (Saigon) is definitely the place to lớn go. Savory, sweet or vegan, Ho chi Minh cuisine really has it all for you!

Vietnamese Cuisine và Where to lớn Find Them

Food is, in fact, a pretty well-covered topic in our blogs so far; we’ve talked about Vietnam’s signature dishes likebanh xeoandbanh mi, to bizarredishes of insects in the city of Ho bỏ ra Minh, as well as recommended good restaurants andfood streets around the city. Today, we would lượt thích to present an extensive các mục of must-try Vietnamese foods this diverse đô thị always has available for its residents và visitors. Let’s dive into it!

Noodles

Pho,Bun Bo Hue,Bo Kho,Bun Cha,Bun Thit Nuong,Tapioca Noodle (Banh Canh),Bun rieu

Rice, Sticky rice, & "Bánh"

Com Tam,Sticky Rice,Banh Cuon,Banh Beo,Banh Xeo, Banh Khot,Banh Mi

Street foods

Papaya Salad (Goi Du Du/Goi Kho Bo),Vietnamese Pizza (Banh Trang Nuong),Snails,Bo la lot,Grilled Banana,Desserts

Exotic foods

Black Chicken,Insects,Balut

Drinks

Coffee,Egg Coffee,Weasel Coffee,Sugarcane Juice,Bubble Tea,Beer

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Signature Dishes of Vietnamese Cuisine

Banh mi & pho are by no doubt two of Vietnam’s best culinary creations, & Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố is really the best place lớn eat them. Why? In Ho chi Minh City, banh mi và pho are so diverse, so available, so appetizing & so affordable! These are lượt thích the staples for the locals, perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just simply for a tasteful quick bite.

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Now, let’s be a bit clearer about the ‘diverse’ part we advertised. The basic version of banh mi is thin slices of pork sausage and some other kinds of cold cuts, plus paté, pork floss, pickles, cilantro, and cucumber, stuffed in small-sized baguettes. But in Ho chi Minh (Saigon), countless other kinds of banh mày are on the counter: banh mi thân phụ ca (fried fish patties), banh mày op la (sunny-side-up), banh ngươi xiu mai (meatballs and tomato sauce), banh mi ca moi (canned sardines), banh mày heo quay (roasted pork with crispy skin), & so on. Another thing that sets banh mày in Vietnam apart from banh ngươi made elsewhere is the special sauce made by family recipes of the owners.

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Vietnamese signature Banh Mi

Similarly with pho, besides the basic version of noodles and rare beef in sophisticatedly made broth, the varieties of pho you can have in Saigon are surplus: various beef cuts - flank, crunchy flank, fatty brisket, tendon, and tripe, then intricate pho cuon (noodle rolls) or intriguing pho kho (pho without broth or with broth in a separate bowl).

Prices for all these tasty feats start from only US$ 1 for banh mi & US$ 2 for pho.

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Enjoying beef noodle soup in Ho chi Minh City

Lesser-known Vietnamese Treats

First of all, besides the famous pho, Vietnamese foods offer other styles of delectable noodle soup, all of which can be easily found in Ho chi Minh, although their place of origin varies:

- Hu tieu: the real specialty of Saigon. Thin, clear noodles in aromatic pork broth, with surplus toppings including pork slices, shrimps, squid, & even pork liver (it’s mặc định unless you ask not lớn have it in your bowl), then some fresh herbs & bean sprouts. Hu tieu vendors in Saigon, along with hu tieu parlors, are open for business almost 24/7 because it is simply a never-dying demand to have a bowl of hu tieu.

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A bowl of hu tieu with surplus toppings

- Bun boHue (Hue beef noodle soup): This dish is a creation of Hue people (hence the name), who live in central Vietnam and are well-known across the country for their culinary expertise. The noodles in bun bo Hue is different from the noodles in pho: they are rounder in shape & fuller in texture (pho noodles are thin). The broth is spicy and has an orange color, unlike the clear broth of pho. Và beef in bun bo Hue is a well-done flank, along with Hue aromatic pork cold cuts. A feast of flavors in just one bowl definitely a must-try.

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Bun Bo Hue

- Bun thân phụ ca Nha Trang (noodles/rice vermicelli with fried fish patty slices): Nha Trang is one of the best beach cities in Vietnam & is also home to the tasty dish of bun phụ vương ca. The broth is clear and tastes a bit lighter than pho broth (since the bone used to cook broth is fishbone, as opposed to the beef bone of pho broth); fried fish patty (cha ca) is just a rough translation of an exclusive specialty of Vietnam’s coastal cities - you’ve got to taste it to know it!

- Bun ca Mien Tay (fish noodle soup of the Southwest): Freshwater fish is made full use by the Mekong Delta people (in the southwest of Vietnam) in their own version of noodle soup - bun ca. Unlike Nha Trang, Southwest people love their fish simple - boiled. But they showroom little details lượt thích more fresh herbs và fried onions to lớn enhance the rich flavor of their noodle soup. & perhaps the water of their region makes their broth very outstanding.

Second, the one dish that so many Vietnamese (especially students) hold dear isxoi (sticky rice). Sticky rice in different colors (the regular white, lớn eye-catching purple, orange, green - from the natural màu sắc of the key ingredient, not some toxic coloring of course) served with pork floss, thin slices of pork cold cuts & fried shallot, plus a tasty savory sauce is perfect for your energy boost.

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Vietnamese violet sticky rice - xoi la cam

Third of all, another noodle dish but this time with no broth at all: Bun thit nuong - a bowl of flavors from rice vermicelli, grilled marinated pork slices, fried spring rolls, crushed peanuts, fresh herbs, cucumber, & the star is definitely sweet-and-sour fish sauce with carrot pickles in it! A no-brainer for breakfast among the locals!

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Bun thit nuong

Street Foods That Make Ho đưa ra Minh People Proud

It would not be complete talking about Vietnamese foods without talking about street foods! Ho chi Minh đô thị is packed with street food vendors serving palatable quick bites for everyone. Below are a few outstanding names.

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- Goi cuon (summer rolls): energy-filled rolls of rice vermicelli, boiled pork slices, shrimps, lettuce và other fresh herbs to be dipped in special sauce (rich and thick) topped with pickles and crushed peanuts. US$1 for 2 to lớn 3 filling rolls that can keep you going...for the next street eat!

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Goi cuon (summer rolls)

- Banh trang tron(mixed rice paper): Rice paper (banh trang) is a super common product of Vietnam, used very often in every house kitchen; it is used khổng lồ roll the famous spring rolls (cha gio) and summer rolls (goi cuon), but has also become the soul of a much-loved street eat - banh trang tron. In this dish, rice paper is thin small pieces mixed with different types of flavorful sauce, topped with quail eggs and shredded mango (unripe). A very light snack và interesting taste.

- Banh trang nuong (Vietnamese pizza - not the pizza you think): Rice paper again plays a key role, although the type used for banh trang nuong is much thicker. For this dish, a round piece of thick rice paper is grilled with surplus toppings - quail eggs, minced pork (already cooked), dried shrimps (small shrimps), & when the eggs are cooked, mayonnaise, chili sauce, and ketchup are added on top. Try this fascinating concoction once if you come khổng lồ Ho chi Minh.

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Banh trang nuong

- Vietnamese shellfish/sea snails (oc): Blessed with a rich system of channels & rivers, the southern land of Vietnam enjoys a wide variety of snails & shellfish. These natural ingredients are converted into amazing dishes by the ultimate creativity of Vietnam’s southern cooks. Seasoning is the key to shellfish & sea snails dishes in Ho đưa ra Minh City; cooks use tamarind sauce, butter, cheese, onion, và sautée or grill the shellfish lớn make a special dish.

Check out more Vietnamese street foods.

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Vietnamese shellfish dishes - colorful and tasty

Irresistible Sweets and Desserts

- Che is no doubt the first lister when it comes lớn Vietnamese sweets và desserts. Different kinds of bean & topping create different kinds of che, but most commonly, we have che from mung beans (green beans), black beans, or red beans, và toppings are typically made from tapioca starch. Beans are cooked in water until soft, but before that, they are soaked in water for hours lớn yield the best softness when cooked. The water after being boiled with beans has a pleasant taste and aroma but bland, so sugar is added lớn complete a beautiful dessert. You can call this Vietnamese bean soup or sweet soup, which is not a heavy dish at all.

- Vietnamese ice cream: We have quite unique flavors of ice cream: durian ice cream, banana ice cream, longan ice cream, và coconut ice cream - all very tropical fruits. While you can easily find durian and coconut ice cream by some local brands in Ho bỏ ra Minh’s supermarkets and convenience stores, it may be a bit more difficult to find a Vietnamese ice cream shop. Su Van khô nóng Street in District 10 can be a good start if you fancy sampling Vietnamese ice cream.

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Sam bo luong (energy cocktail) và Che

- Sam boluong (energy cocktail): a lot of toppings in this concoction: Chinese dried apples, lotus seeds, ginkgo nuts, dried logans, và dried seaweeds. This dish is of Chinese origin; all of its components are healthy and easy khổng lồ eat, so sam bo luong is a dessert that can be enjoyed by both the young and old.

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- rau caudua (coconut jelly): Coconut jelly has two layers: the clear bottom layer from coconut juice & the white đứng top layer from coconut milk. A very Vietnamese jelly, lovely khổng lồ taste!

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Che is a signature dessert of Vietnam

Incredibly Varied Vegan Menus

We don’t know about other countries, but we think vegan dishes in Vietnamand in Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị are incredibly diverse & delectable. Making full use of all the Vietnamese vegetables và handling them with skillful techniques, Ho chi Minh vegan cooks can create a vegan copy of any favorite dish of the meat-eaters: from noodle soups like pho, bun bo Hue, bun rieu, khổng lồ all the regular main courses starring pork & beef, to spring rolls & summer rolls. Vegetables used khổng lồ ‘cosplay’ meat include mushrooms, seitan (wheat gluten), tempeh (soy product, similar to tofu), daikon, star anise, cardamom, among others; and the typical seasoning is soy sauce (since the fish sauce is not vegetarian, obviously).

Vegan restaurants are often situated near Buddhist monasteries và pagodas. Kiểm tra out this danh sách of vegetarian restaurants in Ho đưa ra Minh for more details!

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The variety of Ho bỏ ra Minh City’s vegan dishes

Summary of What lớn eat in Ho đưa ra Minh (Saigon)

These mouthwatering Vietnamese foods we mentioned (from banh mi và pho khổng lồ central delicacies và southern desserts) are super available và affordable in Ho chi Minh (or Saigon, as locals điện thoại tư vấn them). If you plan to visit this beautiful Southeast Asian country, definitely check out Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố for all the pleasing to lớn the eyes and the taste buds!