Top 8 Food in Ho Chi Minh


Ho Chi Minh, a Vietnamese city full of rich French feelings, is also a gourmet paradise that people always look forward to! As the largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh not only inherits the traditional Vietnamese flavor, but also gives French cuisine a unique taste for Vietnamese! If you have the opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh City, in addition to appreciating the sights, you should taste the different kinds of yummy street foods and snacks here!


1. Banh Mi - Vietnamese Sandwich

Banh Mi

Banh mi, Vietnamese sandwich, is a light white baguette brought to Vietnam by French colonists. Banh Mi is absolutely one of the most representative local food in Ho Chi Minh City, available in several variations. The fully loaded Banh Mi consists of French bread stuffed with pate, pork, chicken, pickled carrot, daikon, cucumber and cilantro, topped with a fried egg, hot sauce and mayonnaise. Manh Mi enjoys an international reputation and is popular for tourists.


Where to eat: Banh Mi Huynh Hoa, Pho Quynh, Trois Gourmands


2. Banh Cuon - Vietnamese Rolled Cake

Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon is a specialty street food in Ho Chi Min Vietnam. The main raw materials for this food are rice pulp. Because it can be served with different seasonings and meat dishes, the Banh Cuon tastes changeable without being greasy. When eating, add the appropriate rice vinegar, cooking oil, sauce and other ingredients in the bowl, Banh Cuon is more flavor to eat. Vietnamese usually eat it for breakfast.


Where to eat: Banh Cuon Tay Ho 1


3. Banh Trang Nuong - Vietnamese Rice Pancake

Banh Trang Nuong

Banh Trang Nuong is basically comprised of a rice paper sheet, minced meat, prawn, vegetables, cream cheese, quail eggs, and a variety of sauces. In particular, Banh Trang Nuong is roasted quickly on a charcoal fire to a nice crisp. It looks a bit like pizza, and this Vietnamese rice pancake is easier to find in Ho Chi Minh.


Where to eat: Quan An Ngon, Nha Hang Ngon


4. Banh Xeo - Crispy Crepe

Banh Xeo

Banh Xeo, which means sizzling cake in English, is a very famous local crispy savory snack loved by Vietnamese. Banh Xeo is usually cooked by the chef on-site. A thin layer batter made of rice flour, water and turmeric is fried in a hot oil pan, and then add the mixture of pork belly slices, shrimp slices and onion slices and bean sprouts in the middle of the batter.

After cooking a few minutes, fold it in half, topped with lettuce leaves and sweet chili fish sauce.


Where to eat: Banh Khot Co Ba Vung Tau


5. Goi Cuon - Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Goi Cuon

Goi Cuon is almost an iconic food in Vietnam, which can be found in every corner of Vietnam. Vietnamese spring rolls are made from silk noodles, pork slices, shrimp, basil and lettuce wrapped in translucent rice paper called Banh Trang. Finally, dip the roll into paprika, peanut sauce or hoisin sauce. It tastes fresh and delicious, especially perfect for hot summer days.


Where to eat: Bep Me In, Quan An Ngon, Bun Cha 145


6. Pho - Vietnamese Noodle Soup


Pho, refers to Vietnamese rice noodles, is made from high-quality rice, adding beef or chicken and various coriander and seasonings. When enjoying the delicious pho, the locals like to mix fresh vegetables such as bean sprouts, mint, lettuce and houttuynia, and all these garnishes are free of charge. The quality of the soup is related to the success or failure of the whole bowl of Pho. The soup made from beef bones is rich in flavor, but the color is light brown, not greasy and heavy.


Where to eat: Pho Quynh, Temple Club, Pho 2000


7. Oc – Snail


Ho Chi Minh can be described as a "snail paradise", where you can see a variety of snails: freshwater snail, sea snail, Neptune shell, Babylonia areolata, viviparid, finger snail and so on. Many snails may be the first time you see it, and you don't know how to call it. The practice of snails is also very rich, such as citronella steamed, fried, fried with butter, salt and pepper, roasted, tasting fragrant and delicious. Most of the snails are small, so you should use a toothpick or a needle to pull out the snails and dip them, and slowly feel the sweet and spicy taste. Eating snails and drinking beer with friends at night is a very relaxing lifestyle in Ho Chi Minh City.


Where to eat: Ốc A Sòi


8. Longan Ice Cream

Longan Ice Cream

Don't miss the opportunity to eat longan ice cream in Ho Chi Minh City, because only Ho Chi Minh City sells longan ice cream throughout Vietnam. Longan ice cream is delicious and cheap, and is very popular among young people. In addition to a large ice cream ball, a cup of longan ice cream has longan meat with some salted peanuts. The softness of ice cream, the saltiness of peanuts and the sweetness of longan meat touch every taste bud, which is memorable.


Where to eat: Kem Nhan Chu Tam


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