Sai Gon street food tour is one of the main reasons why tourists fall in love with Ho Chi Minh city. The city boasts so many street food outlets that, at times, it feels like one gigantic, open-air restaurant. Here is our recommendation about street food in Sai Gon that you have to try at least once time in your journey.
Vinh Khanh Street-Foodie paradise
Vĩnh Khánh Street is one of the most popular places for Sai Gon street food market, especially seafood. The atmosphere is electric: hundreds of small and large groups of friends hunker down at tiny red and blue plastic tables, splitting shells, cracking crab legs, clinking beer glasses and having a really good time.
The Street is just about 2.5 km from Ben Thanh Market, you can get here by motorbike in about 10 minutes. The street is vibrant, as if the thundering cacophony of laughter, traffic, and orders being shouted wasn’t enough, some enterprising teenagers pull up on the curbside with giant amplifiers strapped to the backs of their motorbikes and proceed to blast out karaoke for the ‘entertainment’ of all street food customers.
Best seafood in Vĩnh Khánh Street
The first thing you should do is look for some seafood on Vinh Khanh Street. Due to its proximity to the Mekong Delta, shellfish is plentiful in Ho Chi Minh City. Two of the most popular evening snacks served up in the backstreets are fresh crab claws (cang cua) and sea snails (oc).
One of the best ways to eat them is grilled over a BBQ and served with a little coarse sea salt and a sprinkling of lime and chili flakes. A common alternative is a sweet and sticky coating of garlic, sugar, and chili, which has been caramelized in pork fat.
Sea snails at Vinh Khanh
On the menu of many a street side joints, you will find a near-infinite variation of oc: snails, scallops, clams, oysters and mussels as well as crab, swimming crab, shrimp and in fact as many crustaceans as you can think of. They come from two different sources: the East Sea and freshwater — rivers, lakes and even rice paddies.
The most famous and renowned eatery in this category is Oc Oanh, located in 534 Vinh Khanh. You will typically have more than 20 different options to choose from, cooked in various styles and served with an assortment of sauces. So great!!!
Located at 122 Vinh Khanh street, Sushi Ko has been serving roadside sushi for crowds of young Vietnamese and expats for a couple of years now. It is so absurdly cheap that one need not deliberate on the cost of normally pricey items like uni (sea urchin), unagi (river eel) or ikura (salmon roe).
The menu has all the sushi stars and also features a few pages of grilled meats, soups and drinks. It should also be noted that a small carafe of hot or cold sake will only set you back about 50,000 VND(2 USD).
Located near the intersection with Hoàng Diệu Street, Quán BBQ Lua (33 Vĩnh Khánh Street) is grill-it-yourself barbecued meat. A small coal-fired stove is placed on your table onto which you lay chunks of marinated beef, pork, goat, and fish.
The sườn heo ngũ vị (pork ribs in five spice marinade) is delicious. The staff are attentive, the service is fast, and the outdoor seating bbq is great. You’re sitting on a plastic chair with a plastic table bbq and a clay pot grill. The food portion is decent sized and the prices are reasonable. BBQ Lua is a great place for you if you’re not a fan of seafood.
Pha Lau – Cow Intestine Soup
Cow intestine soup is a combination of the culinary styles of the Vietnamese and the Chinese. The cook washes all of the organs many times, using salt and lemon to remove bacteria. Using ginger and wine to remove the bad scent, they then cook it with coconut milk to make noodle soup. Finally, they will chop the kidney, stomach, intestines and heart to serve the hungry pha lau lovers.
The texture and taste of the soup goes well with the sweet and sour dipping sauce. On rainy days, a bowl of cow intestine soup with instant noodles or Vietnamese baguette has the magic to brighten up one’s mood. One of the best Pha Lau you can find here is Pha Lau di Nui, located in 240/30 Ton Dan, District 4.
Mi Vit Tiem – Stewed Duck Noodle Soup
Stewed duck noodle soup is a nutrient-rich dish because the duck meat is stewed with various medicinal herbs. The duck meat is mixed with herbs and spices then fried and stewed, making the meat soft and easy to eat. The noodles are made of eggs and flour; they are long and chewy. The chefs tend to add bok choy to the bowl in order to make the dish greener and healthier. The bouillon has a slightly sweet taste and smells similar to Chinese medicine.
Com Ga Xoi Mo – Chicken Rice
Located in Xom Chieu street, Com Ga Xom Chieu that opens from 10 am to 9 pm will serve the best Com Ga dish ever. The chicken is 90% pre-cooked in an oven, and then finished off with crispy-frying process.
The plate of chicken that comes out is minimal in its appearance. Just a piece of chicken, the pink colored rice, a few cucumber slices and a couple of sprigs of Vietnamese mint. The chicken’s a little bit crispy and is overall delicious.
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