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As the major cultural exchange in the North of Vietnam, Saigon is known for its cultural-historical relics. Especially, it makes visitors fascinated by its amazing cuisine. The local dishes here are well regarded as savoury and nutritious delicacies. Interestingly, you can enjoy these amazing food at any time of the day. If you come to Saigon for the first time, you cannot miss the following top 5 must-eat Saigon local food.

1. Com Tam (Vietnamese Broken Rice)

Saigon local food
Vietnamese Broken Rice
  • ‎Com Tam Cali 5
  • 125 Nguyen Chi Thanh, Ward 9, District 5, HCMC
  • 25000 - 66000 VND
  • 9:00AM - 11:00PM
  • Com Tam Ba Ghien
  • 84 Dang Van Ngu, Ward 10, District Phu Nhuan, HCMC
  • 40000 - 66000 VND
  • 8:00AM - 9:00PM

There is no doubt that rice plays a huge role in every single Vietnamese household in general. For Saigon people, in particular, Com Tam takes an equally important part in their daily meals. Com Tam literally means “broken rice”. The size of the rice is smaller than the usual ones. A dish of Com Tam usually includes fried eggs, diced green onions and a variety of meats such as barbecued pork chop, shredded pork skin and steamed pork and egg patty. Eaters can also enjoy this local food with pickled vegetables, sliced cucumber and add sweetened fish sauce for a completed dish.

One of the reliable places in countless restaurants and eateries serving broken rice in Saigon is Com Tam Cali 5. The space here is not only extremely clean and modern but it ensures food safety and hygiene – an alarming issue in society today. Therefore, you could enjoy the amazing dishes of Com Tam without worrying about any problem.

2. Hu Tieu ( Rice Noodle)

  • Dat Thanh Hu Tieu Nam Vang - Nguyen Thi Thap
  • 232 Nguyen Thi Thap, Ward Binh Thuan, District 7, HCMC
  • 25000 - 39000 VND
  • 7:00AM - 11:00PM
  • Hu Tieu Nam Vang Nhan Quan - Au Co
  • 27 Au Co, Ward 14, District 11, HCMC
  • 50.000 - 66.000 VND
  • 06:00AM - 11:30PM
Saigon local food
Rice Noodle

Hu Tieu (known as a “multi-ethnic” dish) is the subtler version of Pho noodles. At first, it originated from Cambodia but was processed by Chinese and then has been sold in Saigon. Hu Tieu is the popular local food similar to Com Tam but it is more special because of the variety of materials. Its features are a clear pork-based broth, flat rice noodles and an assortment of pork toppings. Moreover, you can choose a lot of available options. Yet, one of the most popular dishes is “hu tieu xuong”, which is topped with pork ribs. Additionally, if pork is not your favorite, there are numerous types such as shrimp, squid or fish. You can enjoy a bowl of hu tieu with lettuces, chives, shredded vegetables and so on. If you want to give it a try, visit the recommended restaurants to have the best bowl of Hu Tieu.

3. Banh My (Vietnamese Baguette)


Saigon local food
Vietnamese Baguette
  • Banh My Bay Ho
  • 23 Huynh Khuong Ninh, Ward Da Kao District 1, HCMC
  • 10000 - 20000 VND
  • 2:00PM - 5:00PM
  • Banh My Huynh Hoa
  • 26 Le Thi Rieng, Ward Ben Thanh, District 1, HCMC
  • 24.000 - 33.000 VND
  • 3:00PM - 10:00 PM

Available selling almost everywhere in Saigon, Banh My is a quintessential Vietnamese dish that you cannot miss out. There are many kinds of meats filling for your bread. They comprise fried fish with turmeric and dill, boiled sausages, meatballs, roasted pork belly, fried eggs, grilled pork, etc. Needless to say more about its deliciousness, this baguette turns into a very simple and quick snack for every single Vietnamese. Furthermore, local bakers add pate,butter, soy sauce, chillies, hot peppers, cilantro and pickled vegetables to a loaf of bread.

4. Pho (Noodles)

  • Pho Xuan
  • 359 Le Van Sy, Ward 12, District 3, HCMC
  • 30.000 VND
  • 06:00AM - 10:30AM | 05:00PM - 09:00PM
  • Pho Thin - Pho Nho
  • 170 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Ward 6, District 3, HCMC
  • 40.000 - 66.000 VND
  • 07:00AM - 02:00PM | 04:00PM - 10:00PM
Saigon local food

No need to say more, Pho is the legend of Vietnam. Eaters enjoy a bowl of Pho including a flavorful and pleasurable soup with flat rice noodles in a beef broth which takes several hours to prepare, coriander leaves, mints and bean sprouts. Also, an array of garnishes consists of lime, basil, scallion, chili sauce and sliced chilies. A basic selection is beef slices, beef meatballs, or beef flank. However, eaters can also choose more exotic ingredients such as beef tendon, thinly sliced stomach lining, or flank with cartilage. Especially, you can order a “pho thap cam” if you want to try every flavor in your bowl.

5. Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Spring Rolls)

Saigon local food
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
  • 6 Nguyen Huu Cau, District 1, HCMC
  • 15000 - 30000 VND
  • 8:30AM - 9:30PM
  • 163/3 Thành Thái, District 10, HCMC
  • 10000 - 20000 VND
  • 2:00PM - 7:00PM

Once visitors have tried Goi Cuon, they agree that this local food is full of nutrients as well as freshness thanks to various vegetables. Goi Cuon comprises a combination of vermicelli noodles, pork slices, shrimps, basil and lettuce tightly wrapped in rice paper. Then, you dip it into a mix of fresh chilli and sauce with crushed peanuts on the top.

Saigon local food
Saigon local food tour

Ho Chi Minh City is well-known for the modern and bustling city with shopping malls, luxury restaurants, and hotels. However, you can find plenty of food stalls, street markets or street food carts to taste authentic Vietnamese food. To enjoy unforgettable trips with a reasonable budget, contact I Love Saigon Tour to experience a real taste of Saigon local food with our local bikers.

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