1/ NORTHERN REGION CUISINE
“Pho” is one of the represented dishes for traditional cuisine in Vietnam, the main component of “Pho” are “banh pho” and “nuoc leo” or soup with thin slcies of beef or chicken. In addition, “Pho” eats together with some spices as chili sauce, lemon, fish sauce, shelf, basil and coriander to increase the feature flavor of “Pho”. Normally, “Pho” is used for breakfast, but in some large provinces this dish is enjoyed all day. For having a delicious bowl of “Pho” depends on the experience of processors to cook a fragrant pot of soup. Besides that, Vietnamese always have creativity and stylized traditional “Pho” to become new dishes such as: sautéed noodle, roll noodles and fried noodle so the diners will have a lot of choices and have chances to try new things about “Pho”.
Some places to eat “Pho”
●371A Hai Ba Trung Street, district 1. (Pho Hung)
●117-119 Bau Cat Street, Tan Binh district (Pho 24)
●1-3 Phan Chu Trinh Street, District 1 (Pho 2000)
BANH CUON “BÁNH CUỐN”
“Banh Cuon” is one of the rustic dishes like a simple cuisine but bring refined flavor with sweetness fish sauce, filling aroma of mushrooms. By the period had many types of “Banh Cuon” that was born with the aiming to meet the diner’s diverse tastes such as “Banh Cuon” eats with egg, pork bologna or “vegetarian Banh Cuon”. A dish is not colorful and nor precious in the process method but have an attraction for diners and remain the attachment in the diner’s heart as well as tourists when visit Saigon and enjoy Vietnam cuisine.
Somewhere to enjoy “Banh Cuon” in Saigon;
● 127 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Da Kao ward, district 1, HCM City. (Banh Cuon TÂY HỒ).
● 179A 3/2 Street, ward 11, distric 10, HCM City. (Banh Cuon THIÊN HƯƠNG).
● 89 Ly Tu Trong Street, district 1, HCM City. (Banh Cuon CÀ CUỐNG).
“Nem Chua” is made by pork meat with some spices as chilly, pepper, salt, sugar, garlic and is covered by banana leaves in a period of time around 3 to 5 days after that we can eat with guava leaves or fig leaves. Normally, Vietnamese people eat “Nem Chua” with bread, “Banh Cuon” or rice.
● 435 Phan Van Tri Street, ward 5, Go Vap district, HCM City. (Nem Chua Bình Định)
2/ CENTRAL REGION CUISINE
BUN BO HUE (BÚN BÒ HUẾ)
“Bun Bo Hue” is specialties of “Hue” in central region. Although anywhere in Saigon also sells “Bun Bo Hue” the flavor has a little bit different with the featured tastes of people in “Hue”. If tourists have chance for visiting “Hue” or called “Dreamy land” with bold taste dishes and one time to enjoy “Bun Bo Hue”. The component is not quite complex but is very diversity because the combination of tender beef, “Hue” roll, pork leg and aitchbone to cook a pot of soup to eat together with the banana flower and spinach are fibroblasts along with noodles and some indispensable spices such as lemon, chilly and chilly satay to increase the flavor more delicious.
Some locations to eat “Bun Bo Hue” in Saigon
● 7 Cao Thang Street, ward 2, district 1, HCM City. (MON HUE Restaurant)
● 110 A Nguyen Du Street, Ben Thanh ward, district 1, HCM City. (Bun Bo Dong Ba)
● 189 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao ward, district 1, HCM City. (Bun Bo Nam Giao)
“Tre” comes from Binh Dinh province and use to appetizer. It is similar as “Nem Chua” with a lot of components namely: pig ear, chilly, garlic, fish sauce, sugar, pepper, galangal root and sesame all of them are cover by banana leaves and straw after 2 to 3 days can eat and drink with beer diners will feel the flavor of central region.
Somewhere to buy “Tre” in Saigon:
● 59 Thep Moi Street, ward 12, Tan Binh district, HCM City. (TRÉ BÀ ĐỆ)
18/ BANH NAM – BANH BEO – BANH BOT LOC
They are specialties of “Hue” and the pride when introduce them to tourists. “Banh Nam – Banh Beo – Banh Bot Loc” is made from rice flour and the fineness of processors with the blending more abundant and interesting of the soft cakes and sweetness fish sauce that bring a delicacy as well as “Hue” flavor to travellers.
Some places to try “Banh Nam – Banh Beo – Banh Bot Loc” in Saigon:
●1B Vo Truong Toan Street, Binh Thanh district, HCM City.
● 4/32 Bach Dang Street, ward 24, Binh Thanh district, HCM City.
3/ SOUTHERN REGION CUISINE
COM TAM SUON (CƠM TẤM SƯỜN)
The citizen of Saigon can eat “Com Tam Suon” all day, when you go out of the door you will see some breakfast shops where sell “Com Tam” at the alley are quite crowed and bustle. Selling “Com Tam Suon” places usually attracts diners by aromatic grilled ribs and aromatic fly across the alley, a dish of “Com Tam Suon” includes rib, pork, fried egg, and pickled carrot combine with cucumber as well as tomato and eat together with feature fish sauce to contribute for create Vietnam traditional flavor. “Com Tam Suon” attaches with the Vietnamese people’s life from affordable classes to V.I.P classes, any person can enjoy “Com Tam Suon”
Somewhere to eat “Com Tam Suon”
●236 Le Thanh Ton Street, district 1 (Com Tam Cali)
●84 Dang Van Ngu Street, ward 10, phu nhuan district. (Com Tam Ba Ghien)
●100 Thach Thi Thanh Street, Tan Dinh ward, district 1. (Com Tam Bui)
HU TIEU NAM VANG “HỦ TIẾU NAM VANG”
“Hu Tieu Nam Vang” has sweet of pig bone, shrimp, the bold taste of minced meat is not only delicious but also attract diners by the dark brown of liver, white of quail eggs, red of shrimp and green color of chives leaf and celery. Soft chewy noodle strands combine with natural sweet of soup, fatty of liver and sweet of shrimp blend with quail eggs and aroma of garlic. “Hu Tieu Nan Vang” is presented by two ways: one is dried noodles it will be poured dark soy sauce to enjoy with a bowl of soup and another way is water noodles it will be poured hot soup directly into noodles. “Hu Tieu Nam Vang” has place of origin from Cambodia due to “Tiều” people from China reprocesses to become specialties dishes that is loved by Saigon’s citizen and is called an interested name “internationalization dish”.
Some place to enjoy “Hu Tieu Nam Vang” in Saigon:
● 381 Vo Van Tan Street, district 3, HCM City. (Hu Tieu Nam Vang HIEN LUA).
● 389 – 391 Vo Van Tan Street, ward 5, district 3, HCM City. (Hu Tieu Nam Vang HONG PHAT).
● 197 Nguyen Trai Street, district 1, HCM City. (Hu Tieu Nam Vang QUYNH).
BUN MAM “BÚN MẮM”
“Bun Mam” brings flavor of western region, it is processed by “Linh” fish and “Sặc” fish which have a lot of in Tra Vinh province and Soc Trang province. Heretofore, “Bun Man” is folk dish and usually appears in family meal. In 1970 “Bun Man” came to Saigon and is loved by local flavor, countryside with a charming taste. The characteristic of “Bun Mam” is broth and broth usually used by “Linh” fish or “Sặc” fish it depends on each region, “Bun Mam” eats with chopped spinach, endive, banana flower and fresh seafood as shrimp, cuttle, fish and roast pork. When the diners enjoy a bowl of “Bun Mam” they will feel the folk flavor as well as the strange attraction because “Bun Mam” becomes symbol of people in western.
Somewhere to taste “Bun Mam”:
● 369 Le Quang Dinh Street, ward 5, Go Vap district, HCM City. (Bun Mam 444)
● 257 Vinh Vien Street, ward 4, district 10, HCM City. (Bun Mam BẠC LIÊU)
● 144 Khanh Hoi Street, ward 6, district 4, HCM City. (Bun Mam 114 – KHÁNH HỘI).
CRAB BUN RIEU “BÚN RIÊU CUA”
“Bun Rieu Cua” is also traditional dish of Vietnam it is known from inside Vietnam to outside Vietnam. This dish includes leaf noodle and crab. Crab processes to become broth with many components such as fried tofu, tomato, fork meat silk roll and use together with chopped spinach, banana flower, Lemon, chilly and shrimp sauce to create special flavor of “Bun Rieu”. “Bun Rieu” is a dish that has a slightly sour from tomato. It is wonderful thing when diners can eat “Bun Rieu” in a cool summer. Coming to Vietnam tourists will be enjoyed an attractive bowl of “Bun Rieu” along with new experices.
Somewhere to eat “Bun Rieu” in Saigon:
● 85/5 Tran Ke Xuong Street, ward 7, Phu Nhuan district, HCM City. (Bun Rieu Tran Ke Xuong).
● 55/24 B Phan Dinh Phung Street, Phu Nhuan district, HCM City. (Bếp Nhà Tui).
● 539A/ 17 Binh Thoi Street, ward 10, district 11, HCM City. (Bun Rieu CO Mai).
BUN THIT NUONG “BÚN THỊT NƯỚNG”
“Bun Thit Nuong” is common dish and is favorite dish of three regions including: North – Central – South, “Bun Thit Nuong” of each region always has specific flavor, this dish can use to make breakfast, lunch or dinner to be quite suitable, delicious and attractive. With grilled pork meat are covered by an auburn sheen and add several sesame seeds to increase the attraction as well as flavor of dish. In addition, “Bun Thit Nuong” has stronger taste with fragrance of lemongrass concurrently blending between green vegetables and sweet & sour sauce that makes “Bun Thit Nuong” is more and more abundant and featured even so helped increasing the beauty of cuisine in Vietnam.
Some places to taste “Bun Thit Nuong”:
● 487 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, district 10, HCM City. (VỊ SAIGON – Bun Thit Nuong).
● 70 – 72 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe ward, district 1, HCM City. (NGÕ – Vincom).
● 299 Vo Van Tan Street, district 3, HCM City. (Bun Thit Nuong Vo Van Tan)
BANH CANH GHE “BÁNH CANH GHẸ”
“Banh Canh Ghe” attracts diners with big spider-crabs and attached fresh water is dotted by red brick spider-crabs. “Banh Canh Ghe” is a familiar named and became quiche dish of Saigon’s citizen, “Banh Canh” is made by plain flour or rice flour and cut into fiber like noodles to combine with thick broth which was processed from shrimp, spider-crabs, pork leg and tibia to make up the essence of Vietnam’s cuisine. In addition, “Banh Canh” has many versions by combination of different components such as: snakehead, crab, pork leg or mushroom for vegetarian people to suitable each hobby of everyone so diners will have many choices.
Some locations to eat “Banh Canh Ghe” in Saigon:
● 2 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Binh Thanh district, HCM City. (Banh Canh Ghe CẦU BÔNG).
● 484 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, ward 9, district 10, HCM City. (Banh Canh Ghe MUỐI ỚT XANH).
● 484 Vinh Vien Street, ward 8, district 10, HCM City. (Banh Canh Ghe HOANG LAN).
BANH XEO “BÁNH XEO”
Pan-fried rice flour crepe filled with shrimp, bean sprouts and green and white onions, served with garden fresh vegetables and sweetened fish sauce. Perfect for sharing or served as single dish. Depending on each area in Vietnam, “Banh Xeo” is enjoyed by the differentiation between distinctive looks, normally, “Banh Xeo” is devided by two kinds one is “crispy pancakes” and “chewy pancakes”. In “Hue” “Banh Xeo” is called “Banh Khoai” and usually eats with grilled meat and the sauce including: soy sauce, liver and roasted peanut. South region namely in Saigon diners eat “Banh Xeo” with sweetened fish sauce but in the north region people have more other component as taro to create flavor more strange and new.
Some location to eat “Banh Xeo” in Saigon:
● 74 Suong Nguyet Anh Street, Ben Thanh ward, district 1, HCM City. (Banh Xeo ĂN LÀ GHIỀN).
● 225-227 Nguyen Trai Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh ward, district 1, HCM City (Banh Xeo MƯỜI XIỀM).
● 5 Street 11, Binh Thanh district, HCM City. (Banh Xeo BÀ HAI).
BANH KHOT “BÁNH KHỌT”
“Banh Khot” aslo is called “egg bread”, to be familiar dish of people in the Southern. “Banh Khot” has the circle as “dirt cake” but is cooked by grilled way into mole within oil, “Banh Khot” is not difficult to make but it require finesses of processors. Not thing is wonderful when enjoy “Banh Khot” in the evening and chatting together in a warm space. Similar as “Banh Xeo”, “Banh Khot also eats together with sweetened fish sauce and green fresh vegetables. However, some of people will mistake between “Banh Khot” and “Banh Can” because they are similar as the shape, color and filling but we can distinguish by the sauce it has difference flavor and sauce’s “Banh Can” is more salter than “Banh Khot”. Although in any region “Banh Khot” is also a simple dish and is love by everyone as well as expresses special culture of Vietnam.
Somewhere to taste “Banh Khot’ in Saigon:
● 120 Cao Thang Street, ward 4, district 10, HCM City. “Banh Khot CÔ BA VŨNG TÀU”
●270 Phan Xich Long Street, ward 2, Phu Nhuan district, HCM City. “NGON Restaurant”
● 31 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, ward 13, Tan Binh district, HCM City. “Banh Khot KIM NGÂN”
VIETNAMESE SANDWICH “BANH MI KEP THIT VIET NAM”
This is the best popular dish in Saigon. Vietnamese is also named the king of street fast food because of the convenience, the promptitude, delicious and the nutritious of its so Vietnamese sandwich has become a fast food chain of balcony nations such as The USA, England or Australia. On the other word, Vietnamese sandwich has become the craze cuisine worldwide and it is a favorite dish of Vietnamese as well as you can go along pavement on any street of Saigon you will find easily many bread counters to enjoy Vietnamese sandwich. The differentiation of Vietnamese sandwich with sandwich of other countries at the flavor by the blend and mixed between components in Vietnam such as pork pate, cucumber, green onion, chilly, pickled carrots, fried eggs, grilled pork meat, grilled chicken meat and tomato sauce for increase the specific flavor of Vietnamese sandwich.
Some location to buy Vietnamese sandwich in Saigon:
●26 Le Thi Rieng Street, Ben Thanh ward, district 1, HCM Ctiy. (Huynh Hoa Vietnamese Sandwich)
● 23 Huynh Khuong Ninh Street, district 1, HCM City. (Bay Ho Vietnamese Sandwich).
● 37 Nguyen Trai Street, district 1, HCM City. (Grilled Pork Meat Vietnamese Sandwich).
BANH TAM BI “BÁNH TẰM BÌ”
“Banh Tam Bi” is made from rice of Vietnamese. If the tourists hear the name of this dish at the first time, you will think that it is a sweet cake to dessert but it is both snacks and the main dish that can replace for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In addition, you will be shocking when enjoy it because the flavor is not only sweet but also salt by the blend of the sweetness of coconut, the salty of fish sauce and the greasy of green onion oil to make a plate of “Banh Tam bi’. Besides that, the diners will be also attractive by a colorful dish including green of green oinion and fresh vegetables, white of “Banh Tam Bi” and coconut, yellow of skin pork mixed with fried rice that is pureed and orange of picked carrot, all of them has painted partly of Vietnamese’s cuisine picture more abundant.
Some places to eat “Banh Tam Bi” in Saigon:
● 271 Nguyen Trai Street, Nguyen Cu Trinh ward, district 1, HCM City. (Banh Tam Bi TÔ CHÂU)
● 459 B Hai Ba Trung Street, ward 8, district 3, HCM City. (Banh Tam Bi 370)
● 352 Nguyen Trai Street, district 5, HCM City. (Banh Tam Bi ĐỒNG THÁP)
VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLL
Vietnamese spring roll is one of traditional dishes with diversity ingredients including: pork, prawn, vegetables, rice vermicelli and other components wrapped in rice paper. Vietnamese spring roll is not strange with Vietnamese people as well as westerners who travel to Vietnam they will have chance to taste spring roll with “Vietnam” style which has special flavor by the sauce from fish sauce and soy seeds along with folk ingredients in Vietnam. Along the street diner can be easy to find and enjoy Vietnamese spring roll with the cheap price but it is very clean, eye-catching and delicious. It is quite interesting when you manually make a spring roll for yourself concurrently enjoy the colorful cuisine world of Vietnam.
Somewhere to eat Vietnamese spring roll in Saigon”
● Gorge 354 Le Van Sy Street, district 3, HCM City. (Gỏi Cuốn – Lê Văn Sỹ).
● 226 De Tham Street, Pham Ngu Lao ward, district 1, HCM City. (Wrap & Roll Restaurant).
● 69 Tran Van Dang Street, ward 9, district 3. HCM City. (GỎI CUỐN – TRẦN VĂN ĐANG).
BOT CHIEN “BỘT CHIÊN”
“Bot Chien” is a simple dish and has the original from China. It is imported in Vietnam and appears in menu of breakfast and eating late at night. “Bot Chien” is processed by Vietnamese people having Chinese original but the dish is also similar and more delicious, the blending of dough and egg which are eat with pickled red catrot & white carrot and a little bit green onion as well as greaves to create likely color for dish and attract diners.
Some places to enjoy “Bot Chien” in Saigon:
● Gorge 185 Vo Van Tan Street, ward 5, district3, HCM City. (Bot Chien VẠN THÀNH).
● 187 Nguyen Kim Street, ward 7, district 10, HCM City. (Bot Chien – NGUYỄN KIM).
● 200B Phung Hung Street, ward 14, district 5, HCM City. (Bot Chien – PHÙNG HƯNG).
DRIED BEEF SALAD “GỎI KHÔ BÒ”
“Goi Kho Bo” is interesting snacks in Saigon land and is love from teenager to adult. “Goi kho bo” is voted the most typical snacks in Saigon because rare dish gather many savors such as: sour, chilly, salt and sweet as “Goi KhoBo” along with the aroma of peanut, laksa leaves and the crispy of fiber papaya are mixed with dried beef sauce to create “Goi Kho Bo” just has in Vietnam and special in Saigon. The tourists will have new experiences about this snack as well as is more wonderful when eat a plate of “Goi Kho Bo” and drink a glass of sugarcane juice in the evening with friends and chatting about the life, it is seem as Vietnamese culture after hard working or studying, you will feel more comfortable and relaxing.
Some places to enjoy “Goi Kho Bo” in Saigon:
● Le Van Tam Part, Da Kao ward, district 1, HCM City.
●107 Nguyen Van Thu Street, Da Kao ward, district 1, HCM City.
SWEET SOUP “CHÈ”
In cuisine Vietnam and some balcony countries sweet soup is seen as snacks and is use to dessert at the end of main meal. In which sugar is the mainly ingredient and cannot lack of in sweet soup dish, besides that, components cooks Vietnamese sweet soup as green bean, black bean, red bean, white bean lotus seeds, crease, cereals, fruits, vegetables and some region as “Hue” use fried pork to process sweet soup. In addition, sweet soup plays an important role in Vietnamese of cultural cuisine to build a completed culinary picture.
●Che Ba Ba “CHÈ BÀ BA”
“Che Ba Ba” has to eat when it is hot, fatty of coconut that blends with the aroma of green bean, sweet potato, manioc and lotus seeds. “Che Ba Ba” is also called “mixed sweet soup” because it has so many components from 8 to 10 things to cook a hot of sweet soup and is has become specific dish of southern.
CHE BUOI “CHÈ BƯỞI”
“Che Buoi” comes from Can Tho province and is popular dessert in southern. This dish requires fineness and patience of processor, it cooks from grapefruit peel, green bean without peel, flour, sugar and coconut and after that “Che Buoi” adds some ice to create cool feel to dispel the summer heat in Saigon.
CHE XOI NUOC “CHÈ XÔI NƯỚC”
“Che Xoi Nuoc” has many variations by many colors that are made by the natural color from vegetables as beetroot, spinach and so on. It usually appears in tet holiday of Korean, full moon in July and other festival in the year. “Che Xoi Nuoc” is cooked by “southern” style the tourists will feel fatty of green bean as well as coconut and the aroma of fried onion.
CHE THAI “CHÈ THÁI”
“Che Thai” processes by available materials with many kinds of fruits such as: jackfruit, lychee, jelly, milk and main material to make special flavor of “Che Thai” that is durian.
CHE KHOAI MON “CHÈ KHOAI MÔN”
“Che Khoai Mon” is febrifuge dish but bring a familiar warm feeling for diners. Sometime it also creates a strange feeling by sweetness and fatty of taro and coconut to make abundant dessert dish.