- Coming to Saigon, you will face the sudden rain on any season. Don’t worry! Let’s spend this time to explore the best Saigon street food and admire the beauty of city under the rain. It is surely the great experience for any tourists.
- Soup cua (crab soup)
- Phá lấu
- Bánh đúc (rice porridge)
- Chili flake noodle
- Hủ tíu (crunchy noodles)
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Monsoon season has just started in Saigon. I know you wish for some sunlight to travel around and try out all the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh city. Don’t be sad and don’t think that rainy days can anyhow ruin your holiday. On the other hand, sitting in somewhere, enjoying the best Saigon street food, watching the rain falling down and seeing people rushing for shelter will surely delight your day. When taking your crunchy bite, don’t miss out on a chance to talk with locals (English speaking). I bet that the talk would be much tastier. Now, let see what they are!
Soup cua (crab soup)
Nothing can be compared to a bot crab soup in this Saigon weather. Crab soup is a combination of crab meat, snow mushroom, shitake mushroom and and quail egg, all are cooked in tapioca starch soup. I’m not sure if this Saigon street food can warm your soul as rumored or not but I’m sure it will warm your stomach for a while. To find this delicious crab soup, you can go to Nguyen Du Str Conner, near Notre Dame Cathedra or in big markets like Pham The Hien, Ho Hai Ky or Thiec Market. Price per bowl is roughly around 15,000 VND.
Phá lấu is another popular Saigon street food and a perfect choice for rainy days. Local people say that Phá lấu may not impress you at the first bite but the more you eat, the more addicted you are. Main ingredients to make Phá Lấu include pig or cow innards which are well cooked with herbs and seasoning. It seems a bit like curry but not that spicy. Phá lấu soup can be eaten with breads or noodles, both go well. Besides, don’t worry about whether the organs would smell too strong. In fact, the long –time cooking process will eliminate all the unpleasant taste of them. Price is around 15,000 – 25,000 VND per bowl.
Bánh đúc (rice porridge)
Alleys and small streets are fantastic to me because they are always full of best things to eat in Saigon, one of which is Bánh đúc. This dish is made from non-glutinous rice flour, soft and white in color. This dish is considered as a delicacies for poor people in poor years like 1945. Bánh đúc in the past is simple, just cooked rice flour and some peanut but still tasty though. Bánh đúc now has become a popular Saigon street food and people also make it tastier with additional ingredients include grilled shrimp, pork, fired onion, peanuts, sesame seeds, etc. Tourist can go to Phu Nhuan District to find the stall of Ms Hong who has served this dish for 40 years. Price is around 15,000- 25,000 VND.
Chili flake noodle
Chili flake noodle can be found on Tran Ke Xuong Street, Phu Nhuan District. This dish includes a bowl of dry noodle which is mixed with chili flakes and a bowl of broth that has egg, shrimp and chopped beef. Price is around 40,000 VND.
Hủ tíu (crunchy noodles)
When talking about Hanoi street food, people often refer it to Phở; on the other hand, when talking about the best Saigon street food, hủ tíu is certainly on the list. Hủ tíu is a kind of chewy noodles. The dish also goes along with pork, shrimp, squid, dumplings, garlic, scallions and shallots. The three most popular hủ tíu restaurants in Saigon are Hủ tíu Nam Vang Thành Đạt (Cô Đốc Str, Ward 1), Hủ tíu Thanh Xuân (Tôn THất THiệp Str, Ward 1) and Hủ tíu Nam Vang Nhân Quán (Âu Cơ Str, Ward 11). Price is around 30,000-60,000 VND.