FOOD IN VIETNAM: TOP 10 MUST TRY VIETNAMESE DISHES IN SAIGON
Food is at the heart of Vietnamese culture and Vietnamese food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world as it mixes together a range of flavors and tastes. While street eateries are everywhere, as the city becomes more affluent, Vietnamese cuisine is going indoors. These days, there are a lot of local restaurants that provide quality and authentic Vietnamese cuisine.
All Vietnamese dishes mentioned here will be listed with our recommended local restaurants. Please use this list as a resource and inspiration for your Vietnam holiday.
What list of Vietnamese cuisine would be started without pho? This simple staple consisting of a salty broth, fresh rice noodles, a sprinkling of herbs and chicken or beef, features predominately in the local diet -- and understandably so. It’s cheap, tasty, and widely available at all hours.
Pho has shown its position not only in Vietnamese cuisine but also world cuisine. Pho can be seen everywhere from street stalls to high-end restaurants. Some is served with chicken and some with beef. Each type of meat entails a variety of sub-dishes, from beef tenderloin to beef brisket, chicken wing to chicken thigh. Fresh herbs, clear stock and soft noodles are 3 important factors to making an outstanding Pho.
Give it a test to our favorite local store: Pho Hung, 15A8 Le Thanh Ton, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 50,000 VND – 66,000 VND (from $2.5 USD)
2/ Com tam – Broken rice
This simple meal, is one of the most popular dishes from South Vietnam at any time of the day, but particular in the morning. It is usually served grilled marinated pork chops, plus a mixture of thinly shredded pork and pork skin over broken rice. On top of the meat, there are several customary ingredients such as: finely sliced cucumber, tomato and pickled vegetables, along with prawn paste cake also known as steamed pork and egg custard or pork meatloaf with egg, fried egg, and grilled prawns.
As a dry dish, it would normally be served with a small bowl of fish sauces on the side.
Cơm Tam Moc, 82 Nguyen Du, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1. Price: 25.000 VND - 69.000 VND (from $1.5 USD)
3/Banh xeo - Sizzling cake
Banh Xeo are giant savory pancakes that literally translate to sizzling cake because of the noise they make when they are being cooked. A good sizzling cake is a crispy crepe bulging with pork, shrimp, and bean sprouts, plus the garnish of fresh herbs that are characteristic of most authentic Vietnamese dishes.
To enjoy one like a local, cut it into manageable slices, roll it up in rice paper or lettuce leaves and dunk it in whatever special sauce the chef has mixed up for you.
Banh Xeo 46A, 46A Dinh Cong Trang, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 15,000 VND – 55,000 VND (from $1 USD)
4/ Xoi – Sticky Rice
“Xoi”, or “glutinous rice”, “sticky rice” in English, can be found in many South East Asia food stalls or luxurious local restaurant. In Vietnam, Sticky rice is commonly popular breakfast item and give you a boost of added energy.
The glutinous rice comes with any number of mix-ins (from slithers of chicken, or pork to fried or preserved eggs), but almost always with a scattering of dried shallots on top. The most common combination is included chicken meat, sausage and scallion oil.
You can find this wonderful dish on several vendors around Ho Chi Minh City or try it at
Xoi Ga Bui Thi Xuan: 11 Bui Thi Xuan, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 25,000 VND – 55,000 VND (from $2.5 USD)
5/ Banh mi – Vietnamese baguette Sandwich
Commonly well-known along with Pho, Vietnamese baguette sandwiches, called Banh Mi, have attracted a growing fan base around the word. The uniqueness of Banh mi not only lies within the light and crispy baguette, but also the variation of flavors Vietnam fillings bring out the most amazing flavor.
This baguette sandwich filled with greens and a choice of fillings, including pâté and freshly made omelet, is so delicious that it’s been imitated around the world. In the north chefs stick to the basic elements of carbohydrate, fat and protein—bread, margarine and pate—but head south and your banh mi may contain a more colorful combination of cheese, cold cuts, pickled vegetables, sausage, fried egg, fresh cilantro and chili sauce.
Be prepared for long waiting lines of this popular Banh Mi store for both locals and tourists.
Banh mi Huynh Hoa, 26 Le Thi Rieng, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1. Price: 33,000 VND/ baguette (from $1.5 USD)
6/Banh Cuon - Steamed Rice Cake
Taste the French influence in this famous and delicious recipe made of wheat, egg and dairy products. Vietnamese especially from the North, take pride in their steamed crepe made from rice flour and water. Ground pork, wood-ear, onion and seasoning are stuffed inside this savory meal. Most of the chefs make it right at the entrance door using the steaming method. Banh cuon is served with a mixture of fish sauce including sugar and lime.
Banh Cuon Hai Nam, 11 Cao Thang, Ward 2, District 3, HCMC. Price: 40,000 VND – 88,000 VND (from $2 USD)
7/ Cha gio – Fried Spring Rolls
Vietnam’s bite-sized crunchy spring rolls might not enjoy the same popularity as their healthier fresh equivalent, but they deserve a special mention.
The crispy shell with a soft veggie and meat filling dunked in a tangy sauce gets the gastronomic juices flowing before a main course. In the north these parcels go by the name Nem ran while southerners call them Cha Gio. They are most commonly stuffed with minced pork and diced vegetables, though some places use crab, tofu, or even mashed jicama or taro root.
Our recommendation location for this very Vietnamese dish is Quán Nem, located at 15E Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC. Opening hours: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM. Price Range: 100,000 VND – 330,000 VND (from $3 USD)
8/ Bun Bo Hue
If you are a soup lover then you will be pleased to learn that Bun Bo Hue is another classic Vietnamese dish. Whether North, South or Central, "Bun" also creates unique and specific dishes in each region. However, in Hue, they like “bun” rather than other one because of style of “bun Hue”. Hue style not only is the elegant, sophisticated, precise dishes but also feel the spirit of the processor. Coming to Hue, either morning or afternoon, walking along the small streets, people can find easily “bun bo Hue”. This thick slippery rice noodle can be found countrywide.
Grasp some “Hue” flavor at Bun Bo Ganh, 110 Ly Chinh Thang, Ward 8, District 3, HCMC. Price: 36,000 VND – 66,000 VND (from $2 USD)
9/ Bun Cha
Bun Cha is one of the oldest favorites of Northern Vietnam cuisine. This dish is top choice of Vietnamese lunchtime food. Grilled chopped meat or normal grilled meat on charcoal stove is prepared with rice noodles and herbs. all together is dipped in syrup-thick fish sauce.Outside Hanoi, across all region of Vietnam, there is familiar dish called Bun Thit Nuong which alternatively served.
You will not miss the chance to explore the dish that Mr President Obama choose in his first night at Vietnam.
Bun Cha Hanoi 26, 8A/9C2 Thai Van Lung, District , HCMC. Price: 30,000 - 44,000 VND ( from $1.5 USD)
10/ Goi cuon (Spring Roll)
Salad roll ranks among Vietnam’s most famous foods and is very agreeable to the taste. Each translucent spring rolls packed with greens, coriander and various combinations of minced pork, shrimp or crab. In some places they’re served with a bowl of lettuce and/or mint. A southern variation has barbecued strips of pork wrapped up with green banana and star fruit, and then dunked in a rich peanut sauce – every bit as tasty as it sounds.
Wrap and Roll, 62 Hai Bà Trưng, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC. Price: 40.000 VND - 165.000 VND (from $2 USD)
Vở diễn theo địa điểm
Bức tranh chuyển mình từ ‘làng’ sang ‘phố’, vừa sinh động vừa hóm hỉnh, ý nhị với ngôn ngữ sân khấu kết hợp xiếc tre đặc sắc .
Vở xiếc tre À Ố là một bản hoà âm điền dã của đồng quê Việt pha trộn, cọ sát cùng hợp âm nhộn nhạo trẻ trung rất đời của Việt Nam mùa đô thị hoá.
Sử dụng nhiều loại hình như nghệ thuật xiếc tre, nhào lộn, nhảy đương đại cùng hoà quyện vào nhau, vở diễn vẽ lại sống động những câu chuyện và mảng màu mà ta bắt gặp đâu đó trong cuộc sống, từ thành thị đến thôn quê. Âm thanh trong vở diễn được sáng tác riêng và diễn tấu sống từ hơn 17 loại nhạc cụ dân tộc và hiện đại.
Bức tranh làng quê bình dị khắc hoạ bằng kỹ thuật xiếc mới với Cây Tre dân gian và dàn nhạc hơn 20 loại nhạc cụ dân tộc đặc sắc.
Làng Tôi là một bức tranh làng quê Bắc Bộ bình yên, khi ngày mới bắt đầu với tiếng gà gáy sáng, những đứa trẻ chơi đũa tre trong lúc cha mẹ làm việc ngoài đồng ruộng. Nơi những người nông dân hút thuốc lào với chiếc điếu cày bằng tre, lúc nghỉ giải lao dưới bóng cây giữa nắng trưa hè gay gắt. Nơi tối đến, những cặp tình nhân tình tự trên những cây cầu tre dưới ánh sáng của hàng ngàn vì sao. Với kỹ thuật xiếc mới, tre chính là linh hồn của vở diễn, là người dẫn dắt câu chuyện, xây dựng và thay đổi các khung cảnh, kết nối hai mươi nghệ sĩ xiếc và nhạc công Hà Nội trong sắc màu âm thanh của các nhạc cụ truyền thống.
Hoá thân mãnh liệt của văn hoá Tây Nguyên trên sân khấu âm vang giai điệu cồng chiêng mê hoặc.
Teh Dar là hóa thân mãnh liệt của văn hóa Tây Nguyên trên sân khấu đương đại, đưa khán giả vào không gian ma mị của những cuộc săn voi, đêm trăng hò hẹn, rừng già ẩn sự chết và tái sinh. Vở diễn hút hồn người xem với kỹ thuật xiếc tre và nhào lộn mạo hiểm táo bạo, cùng âm sắc nhạc cụ dân tộc đầy mê hoặc. Cũng tựa như triết lý đằng sau cái tên Teh Dar, trong tiếng dân tộc K’ho có nghĩa: “đi vòng tròn”, vở diễn tiếp tục sự nghiệp của Lune Production truyền tải các giá trị văn hoá Việt Nam trong cuộc sống xoay vần.
Câu chuyện về hạt lúa, cuộc sống và khát vọng của người nông dân Nam Bộ được tái hiện bằng ngôn ngữ múa đương đại đầy cảm xúc.
Sương Sớm, vở múa đương đại kết hợp ba-lê bán cổ điển huyền hoặc đầy màu sắc, tái hiện cuộc sống tâm hồn của người nông dân Nam Bộ. Những cuộc đời mộc mạc chất phác ra đồng trong sương mai, khóc cười cùng lúa, và đêm lại mơ về lúa. Mỏng manh mà kiên cường bám rễ nơi bùn đen, vượt qua bão giông, reo vui rộn rã sáng ngời trong mùa gặt hái, lúa là hiện thân của người nông dân. Tất cả nếp sống, ân tình, linh hồn, duyên nợ ba sinh của họ được khắc hoạ tuyệt mỹ qua giai điệu óng ả mượt mà và ngôn ngữ hình thể đầy cảm xúc của người nghệ sỹ múa trong Sương Sớm.
This was an excellent show that depicts Vietnamese life in a most original way. If we had 1 more night in HCMC, we would definitely have seen the show again. It came highly recommended by my niece who had watched the show earlier this year (2016). We...Xem thêm
“A O Show - Brilliant Depiction of Vietnamese life”
This was an excellent show that depicts Vietnamese life in a most original way. If we had 1 more night in HCMC, we would definitely have seen the show again. It came highly recommended by my niece who had watched the show earlier this year (2016). We would highly recommend this show. Only an hour long and very energetic. Well done to the cast.
I don't think we completely understood the story line, however the show was very well done! It was organized, well performed and included everything from funny moments, to acrobatics, to dancing. The opera house where it is held is stunning and in a...Xem thêm
I don't think we completely understood the story line, however the show was very well done! It was organized, well performed and included everything from funny moments, to acrobatics, to dancing. The opera house where it is held is stunning and in a very french area of Ho Chi Minh city. I wouldn't call it a must see, but anyone who enjoys performance art will definitely appreciate it and I'm glad we went
This universal Form of art is an overwhelming display of the essence of Vietnam's culture. From the begining in natural atmosphere to the noisy urban-motorcycling. Beautyful poetic and HiPro Performance.
This exceeded my expectations, which were not low. Both my 19-year-old daughter and I really enjoyed this 1-hour show. Though we were certainly impressed by the performers, it was less "Aaahh" and "Ooohh" for us, and more interesting, fun and...Xem thêm
This exceeded my expectations, which were not low. Both my 19-year-old daughter and I really enjoyed this 1-hour show. Though we were certainly impressed by the performers, it was less "Aaahh" and "Ooohh" for us, and more interesting, fun and entertaining.
Go and see the amazing ao show at the opera house in hochi min city. Great venue and amazing show. Lets you in on some Vietnamese traditions with fantastic music and acrobatics. Not to be missed.
It was a decidedly uneven performance: some moments of pure magic and at a very high level artistically, but also some numbers that are not quite so successful. Sometimes considered a Vietnamese version of the Cirque de Soleil, the troupe is not...Xem thêm
A bit uneven, but the moments of magic alone made it worthwhile
It was a decidedly uneven performance: some moments of pure magic and at a very high level artistically, but also some numbers that are not quite so successful. Sometimes considered a Vietnamese version of the Cirque de Soleil, the troupe is not quite there yet in terms of overall technical brilliance and richness of overall experience but it more than holds its own in terms of artistry and substance for the best numbers. A bit pricey (but the Saigon Opera house is pretty small), but worth it just for the best scenes. Free drinks available before the show which is nice, but I would have preferred some program notes that will service as a momento for a memorable evening.
My family and i absolutely loved this show was mesmerized and amazad at the tallents these people possess . "Truly a cut above the rest" Thank you so much for the experience, the only down fall is it had to end. Hope you bring your show to...Xem thêm
Truly a cut above the rest
My family and i absolutely loved this show was mesmerized and amazad at the tallents these people possess . "Truly a cut above the rest" Thank you so much for the experience, the only down fall is it had to end. Hope you bring your show to Australia one day...........from the Bailey family kalgoorlie australia
I went along with no expectations and I was blown away by the talent of the performers and the choreography. A must see for people in the area.
This is a wonderful 1-hour show, that includes modern acrobatics, Vietnam-style. The main theme of the show are traditional Vietnamese baskets and big sticks. The acrobats do an absolutely WONDERFUL job in entertaining the audience, while...Xem thêm
A great show and VERY talented acrobats.
This is a wonderful 1-hour show, that includes modern acrobatics, Vietnam-style. The main theme of the show are traditional Vietnamese baskets and big sticks. The acrobats do an absolutely WONDERFUL job in entertaining the audience, while performing jaw-dropping acrobatic routines. While there is very little connection between the different acts, the enthusiasm of the dancers make up for it. We got seats C1 and C3, which are on the 3rd row of the theater (they are called "Ohh" tickets). The tickets were 840,000 VND (apx. 37US$) and were totally worth it. Notice that photography is not allowed during the show (distractions from the audience might literally endanger the acrobats). Do not miss taking a photo with the performers when the show is over - the entire cast comes down to the entrance of the opera house and is more than happy to take photos and selfies with the audience. Bottom line - an absolute MUST attraction to enjoy while in Ho Chi Minh.
One of the most fascinating shows i have ever seen. Well done!!
Despite some noticeable flaws, this show reflected Vietnam's modern culture with quirky and cheerful atmosphere to it. À Ố has the potential, if not one of the must-watch show if you ever come to Saigon. This show is recommended for families as this...Xem thêm
A "new" type of circus
Despite some noticeable flaws, this show reflected Vietnam's modern culture with quirky and cheerful atmosphere to it. À Ố has the potential, if not one of the must-watch show if you ever come to Saigon. This show is recommended for families as this show have minimal to none verbal context, and at its core, a "new" type of circus
The Saigon show was splendid. It had a meditative quality. Haven't seen such choreography of late in India. The youthful energy was rewarding and inspiring