In Vietnam, Saigon is considered as the heaven of street food. If you are planning a trip to Saigon and want to try all the best Saigon street food, check out these below suggestions.
Vietnam is the land of noodle soups, if you have tried Pho in Hanoi, Bun Bo in Hue, so you can’t miss Bun Rieu Cua in Saigon. Bun Rieu Cua is a Vietnamese rice vermicelli soup, people serve it with fresh made broth and crab balls.
People make the broth from crab and shrimp paste stock, which creates seafood taste. Along with wonderful broth, when you order the noodle, people will add golden fried tofu, tomato, crab balls or square pig blood curd into your bowl.
Bot Chien is a very popular dish in Saigon, you can find it on almost every street corner. The ingredients for this dish are quite simple. Bot Chien is basically fried rice cakes, the rice cake are made from rice flour and tapioca starch. After that, people mix fried rice cake with eggs and garnish with green onions.
It seems that the sauce is the star of the dish, people mix chili sauce and soy sauce together, which creates unique taste. You can dip the fried rice cakes into the sauce or add the sauce in your dish. This is definitely a must – try dish if you want to explore Saigon street food.
Banh Trang Nuong, or rice paper grilled over coals, is a very popular dish that hits the street of many cities in Vietnam.
Local people consider Banh Trang Nuong as Vietnamese pizza. It contains a sheet of grilled rice paper. People top it with a quail egg, some green onions, and occasional other ingredients such as sausages or dried shredded beef. I guarantee that you will not be able to forget its crispy and smoky taste.
In fact, Banh Trang Nuong is a favorite snack of many people because it is not only delicious but it is also easy to take away. You just need to fold the grilled rice paper in half and take it with you.
Along with Pho, Banh Mi is the most famous specialty of Vietnam. Walking around Saigon, you can easily find numerous carts selling Banh Mi. Banh Mi, or Vietnamese bread, is a crusty baguette. People slice it into half, then add carrots, pickles, cucumbers, mayonnaise, lettuce and various kinds of meat into the baguette. Depending on each customer’s need, the seller will add different types of fillings.
Common fillings are pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, chicken floss, soft pork meatballs in tomato sauce and omelet eggs. Many people say that Banh Mi is the best sandwich they have ever had. Therefore, this is a definitely a worth – trying that you should not miss when visiting Saigon.
Apart from the most delicious street foods in Saigon mentioned above, you will find out hundreds of other street food in Saigon city. And maybe the best way to explore the cuisine of Vietnam here is using motorbike. If you have interest in street food and want to know more about Saigon, you can join in our Saigon street food tour with our wonderful lady bikers here.
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