Eating is one of the top things to do in Ho Chi Minh City. With a glut of tasty dishes to sample, it is almost impossible to produce a complete list of must-eat dishes in your Vietnamese street food tour in Saigon.
Vietnamese spring roll (goi cuon)
Vietnamese spring rolls (Source: Internet)
Goi cuon which was ranked no 13 on the list of World’s 50 most delicious foods by CNN in 2011 is a wholesome choice when you have been indulging in too much of the fried food on Vietnam. In spite of a wide range of goi cuon types depending on the cook’s preference and recipe, these indispensable ingredients to make these light and fresh spring rolls are rice paper (banh trang), salad greens (carrot, cucumber), a layer of coriander, mint leaves, shredded lettuce and a sliver of grilled meats, as opposed to goi cuon, which is typically flavored with the combo of boiled shrimp and pork. The translucent parcels are served with Vietnam’s favorite condiment- fish sauce. In Ho Chi Minh City, you can find goi cuon which consists of barbecued strips of pork wrapped up with green banana and star fruit and then dunked in a rich peanut sauce. Fresh, comfortable to eat, especially in summer, and healthy, Vietnamese spring roll is considered as an imperative part of a complete Vietnamese style family meal.
As simple as Vietnamese people, goi cuon is a dish to try in your Ho Chi Minh City food tour.
Where to go for goi cuon in Saigon?
- 163/3 Thanh Thai, District 10
- Wrap and Roll, 62 Hai Ba Trung, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
- 380 Nguyen Tri Phuong, District 10
- 70 Vo Van Tan, Ward 6, District 3
Broken rice – Com Tam
Com tam in Saigon (Source: Internet)
If you are looking for an exclusive traditional Vietnamese food, it is highly introduced an inspirational name of broken rice – a hearty dish served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When it comes to rice, it cannot but mention Cơm Tấm (broken rice), the dish that has been part of memories of all Saigonese people of various generations. To the Vietnamese gourmets, Com Tam is one of the most greatly tasteful dishes, and it turns to be a more exciting story for the foreigners to feel addictive to sample this specialty. Therefore, no Saigon street food tour can be complete without Com Tam.
Com Tam is the mixture of broken rice and many different meat options such as suon nuong (barbecued pork chop), cha trung (steamed pork and egg patty), bi (shredded pork skin) together with numerous pickled vegetables, sliced cucumber, and omelet. A plate of broken rice is sprinkled with diced green onion in oil and served with a bowl of the ubiquitous nuoc cham dipping sauce. Thanks to the superior simplicity and healthiness, com tam is totally popular with the locals on a daily basis.
Where to go for broken rice in Saigon?
- Com tam 352: 352 Chu Van An, Binh Thanh District
- Com tam An Duong Vuong: 500-502 An Duong Vuong, District 5
- Com tam 236: 236 Xo Viet Nghe Tinh, Binh Thanh District
- Com tam Ba Ghien: 84 Dang Van Ngu, Phu Nhuan District
- Com tam Thanh Rau: 119 Phung Van Cung, Phu Nhuan District
- Com tam Tu Quy: Tan Dinh Market, District 1
- Com tam Thanh Nien: 570 Truong Sa, Phu Nhuan District
Vietnamese sweet soup (che)
Vietnamese sweet soup (Source: Internet)
Enough goi cuon and com tam? It’s time for dessert! It’s not always easy to explore Saigon under this unbearable heat, and sometimes a bowl or a glass of Vietnamese sweet soup can be the best way to refresh yourself and provide you with enough energy for your next activities. Che may be served hot or cold, or over ice, and contain a range of ingredients ranging from beans, seeds to tapioca powder, jellies, glutinous rice, and fruit.
Where to find the best che in Ho Chi Minh City?
- Khanh Vy Che tray shop (the Su Van Hanh street corner) Nguyen Chi Thanh Street, District 5
- 241 Vo Van Tan Street
- Xoi che Bui Thi Xuan, 111 Bui Thi Xuan, District 1
- Che Ky Dong, 153/7 Ky Dong Street, Ward 9, District 3
- Hot Che shop, 50 Ly Chinh Thang, Ward 7, District 3
- Ho Thi Ky Flower Market
With nearly endless options of stunning culinary highlights, visitsaigon thinks that Ho Chi Minh City is a place to go during a visit to Vietnam.