20 Must-Eat Street Food In Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

10. Bot chien bot Chien

It’s no secret that Ho Chi Minh City is one of the world’s top places for eating on the street. An authentic taste of Saigon is a rough scooter ride among the city’s numerous food vendors, where each booth has its specialty cuisine. Vietnamese cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is distinctive not just for its ingredients’ quality but also for its residents’ sheer variety. It’s like a buffet because you can get all the top Vietnamese meals in Ho Chi Minh City’s restaurants.

Here is a list of 20 of the most famous Vietnamese foods that you should not miss while visiting Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City

1. Banh Mi

Vietnam’s famous street meal is banh mi, a Vietnamese baguette filled with meat and vegetables. Every street in Ho Chi Minh City has a Banh Mi stall.

Typical ingredients in a Banh mi include mayo, pâté, jambon, pickles, cucumber, spring onion, cilantro, and soy sauce, but the list isn’t exhaustive.

However, Banh mi isn’t just a sandwich. It’s possible to have Banh mi sandwiches in Ho Chi Minh City that include grilled pork, fish cakes, or sardines in tomato sauce. Vietnamese Banh mi ingenuity has no bounds!

1. Banh mi

2. Bun Cha

Bun Cha is so famous in Hanoi that a tour guide or even a Vietnamese person from another province will highly promote this dish to tourists or visitors from other areas.

Pork mince and Vietnamese noodles are simmered in a savory broth. You will be given rice noodles, fresh herbs, and a warm soup with grilled minced pork. In this recipe, the broth and the pork are what make it unique. If you like, you can add a grilled pig to the broth and enjoy it like a western soup. The pig bone broth is naturally sweet from baking, and the grilled pork has a beautiful aroma, thanks to the herbs.

2. Bun Cha

3. Ốp La (Op La)

The banh mi sandwich is a superb alternative to the Vietnamese cuisine op la, or eggs cooked in a smaller personal pan, typically complemented by pieces of meat like ham and onions and served with those beautiful crusty Vietnamese baguettes.

Like many of the dishes featured on this blog, Op la combines Vietnamese and Western ingredients and cooking techniques into a single dish.

Locals in Saigon swear by the breakfast sandwich known as the banh mi op la for keeping them full and energized throughout the morning.

3. Op la op la

4. Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon (Vietnamese summer rolls) are one of the best Vietnamese cuisines since Vietnamese people are so fond of herbs. Goi Cuon is a rice-paper-wrapped dish with condiments, vermicelli, and pork drenched in a sweet, sour sauce.

Additionally, there are a variety of modern Goi cuons to choose from, such as those stuffed with pork and shrimp.

4. Goi Cuon

5. Bun Rieu

Bun Rieu is a unique dish in Vietnamese cuisine. Rice field crabs are used to make the soup. The broth’s color is enhanced by adding tomatoes, making it both savory and visually appealing.

Bun Rieu is a Vietnamese soup with fried tofu, crab meatloaves, tomatoes, and sliced pork. People in Vietnam can enjoy Bun Rieu at any time of day.

5. Bun Rieu

6. Banh Cuon

Before stuffing Banh Cuon with finely chopped pork and finely chopped wood ear, Banh Cuon is created from rice flour into very-thin slides like paper before being sprinkled with golden brown dried onion on top and served with the customary sauce. To make the batter for Banh Cuon, husk the rice and then blend it with water until smooth. The sauce, which has a spicy and sweet flavor, is the most significant component of this dish. To enhance the dish’s taste, many Vietnamese people eat it with Cha (Vietnamese pig sausage).

6. Banh Cuon

7. Banh Khot

Essentially, Banh Khot is a miniature version of Banh xeo. Seafood such as shrimp, calamari, and green beans are often included.

There are frequently fresh veggies and fish sauce included in this dish, the same as in Banh Xeo.

Banh Xeo and Banh are frequently served in Banh Xeo stores so that you can sample both dishes together.

7. Banh Khot

8. Banh Mi Hoa Ma

If you’re looking for some of the city’s best street food, look no farther than Banh Mi Hoa Ma. Banh Mi Huynh Hoa and Luke Nguyen’s show introduced us to it.

Banh mi op la is a delicious sandwich made with a baguette, two fried eggs, pate, a variety of meats, and a side of pickled veggies. Even though it’s easy, this dish is tasty and entertaining to eat.

They also sell a sandwich version of this dish without the fried eggs. They name it banh mi-kep-that.

8. Banh Mi Hoa Ma

9. Banh Goi 

Banh Goi’s adorable baby pillow shape and enticing sauce make it a hit with visitors from the get-go. Banh Goi, like most Vietnamese cakes, is deep-fried to create yellow skin that is tasty, crispy, and fragrant. Banh Goi’s skin is formed by combining water and rice flour in the correct proportion. Glass noodles, wood ears, minced pork, and mushrooms are among the items broken up for the filling on the inside. In addition, a well-balanced dipping sauce of garlic, Chile, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, and water should be served with the fish. Banh Goi is also filled with fresh herbs such as lettuce and coriander to counteract its smooth flavor.

9. Banh Goi

10. Bột Chiên (Bot Chien)

Cooked rice cakes are known as bot Chien. Despite daikon radish in Chinese and other Southeast Asian rice cakes, I believe Vietnamese rice cakes are created with rice flour and tapioca starch.

If you’re making a large batch of the cakes, you’ll want to cut them into little pieces before cooking them in a hot skillet with a generous amount of lard and a few light seasonings. A fried egg and green onions are placed on the cooked rice cakes before they are served.

The finished product of bot Chien is a crispy, egg-enhanced, bite-sized nugget of sticky rice flour with a beautiful Smokey flavor.

10. Bot chien bot Chien

11. Bún Riêu Nguyễn Cảnh Chân

A restaurant called Bn riêu Nguyn Cnh Chân came highly recommended in the video.

It was a fantastic restaurant that offered an outstanding bowl of bun Rieu cua, courteous service and a peaceful location in Saigon swathed in large trees.

Nguyen Cônh Chan’s Bán riêu Nguyen Cônh Chân’s Bun Riêu Cua was well balanced, with an incredible crab flavor, a tinge of sharpness, and a faint sweetness from the always cooking tomatoes in my dish.

The soup included a lot of meat and other ingredients, and the seasonings were solid and savory. During my journey to Vietnam, this was one of the most memorable bowls of noodles I had ever had.

11. Bun rieu Nguyen Canh Chan

12. Bún Mọc (Bun Mock)

The noodles, known as a bun in Japanese, are small sheets of rice vermicelli that are both easy to eat and swallow.

Bun moc is typically made with pork broth, a simple soup that’s neither spicy nor overly sweet. Noodle soup like this would be ideal for a rainy day.

For the most part, a bowl of bun moc includes rice vermicelli noodles, a pig broth, and a variety of meats and sausages from Vietnam.

Despite its origins in the north of Vietnam, bun moc is a massive hit in Saigon.

12. Bun moc bun mock

13. Cơm Bình Dân (Com Binh Dan)

Com Binh Dan, or “commoner’s rice,” is another popular rice dish in Saigon, and it’s just as easy to get as com tom suon to eat.

Put it another way; it’s like eating Khao gaeng (rice and curry in Thailand or nasi campur (rice and curry in Malaysia)).

Saigon’s Com Binh Dan is one of the city’s most satisfying meals on a budget, making it the most acceptable value for money. There will always be pre-cooked food in the glass cabinet at the front of each com Binh Dan stand, just waiting for your order.

13. Com binh dan com binh Dan

14. Bun Bo Hue

Bun boo Hue, or “Bun bo,” is one of the city’s most popular dishes, but you can now find it in any Vietnamese region.

The broth has three key elements: bones, meat, and fish sauce. Beef, pig, crab, shrimp, and accompanying veggies are all included in a bowl of Hue beef noodles in addition to the noodles.

Chili powder, fish sauce and thinly sliced bananas are all options. It has a distinct taste. After only one use, you’ll be hooked!

14. Bun Bo Hue

15. Bánh Tráng Trộn (Banh Trang Tron)

As a new Vietnamese invention, Banh Trang Tron is an appetizer comprising rice paper, chili sauce, herbs such as Vietnamese coriander and basil, squid, salty fish and quail eggs stuffed within the rice paper. About ten more things should be included in the mix, but I’m not sure.

15. Banh trang tron banh trang tron

16. Che 

When it comes to sweets, nothing beats Che in Vietnam. Most Ches are sweet and eaten warm; they typically contain a combination of different beans, sweet potatoes, and coconut milk.

However, if you’re looking for a refreshing treat while visiting HCMC, Sam Bo Luong is the place to go. Originally from Chinese cuisine, Sam Bo Luong is a sort of Che made from seaweed, longan, jelly, and lotus root that is eaten with ice and has a refreshing flavor.

16. Che

17. Banh Mi Chao

Once you’ve had a Banh mi, you’ve had a Banh mi Chao, which means “Banh mi served hot on the pan.” Although Banh mi sandwiches are known for their portability, Banh mi Chao must be consumed immediately upon purchase.

Many Vietnamese people prefer to dip the bread in the sauce or eat Banh mi with something spicy; hence this version arises. Banh mi sandwiches are commonly served with various fillings, including eggs, Vietnamese ham, meatballs, and pâté, mayonnaise, and tomato sauce, in a pan.

17. Banh mi Chao

18. Pho – Vietnamese Rice Noodle Soup With Beef Broth

Even outside Vietnam, Pho has long been one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes.

HCMC’s version of Pho is a fusion of old and new, traditional Northern and Southern flavors. Pho in HCMC, on the other hand, is more flavorful and includes more herbs than conventional Pho.

Slurp up some Pho, and don’t forget to order an egg poached to go with it!

18. Pho Vietnamese rice noodle soup with beef broth

19. Xoi – Vietnamese Sticky Rice

In addition to Pho, another well-known Vietnamese food is sticky rice. Savory sticky rice and sweet sticky rice are the two primary forms of sticky rice.

Pâté, grilled chicken, char siu, Vietnamese ham, and soy sauce are served on savory sticky rice. It’s more like a sweet sticky rice pudding when it’s topped with sweetened condensed milk, mung bean puree and shredded coconut.

Sticky rice is available in various colors, depending on the components used. If you have the opportunity, give them all a whirl!

19. Xoi Vietnamese sticky rice

20. Hu Tie – Southern Rice Noodle Soup

Originally from Chinese and Cambodian cuisine, Hu Tieu has been adapted to Vietnamese tastes.

Hu Tieu consists of rice noodles, pork bones, and radish in a thick soup. Pork, shrimp, ribs, minced pork, bean sprouts, and quail eggs are some of the most common accompaniments.

Hu Tieu Kho, also known as “dry” Hu Tieu, is another popular variation of this meal. You’ll get two separate bowls of rice noodles and soup, and the rice noodles will be combined with the chef’s secret sauce instead of being served in a single bowl.

20. Hu Tie Southern rice noodle soup