The best street food in Ho Chi MInh City for travellers

Ho Chi Minh City is famous for night activity, best rooftop bar, luxury hotels, especially, street food is one of the trational of this city. If people are willing to travel Ho Chi Minh City, a sleepless city in Vietnam, they should try that some yummy food below.

1. Banh Mi

It’s very easy to find Banh Mi in Ho Chi Minh City because it’s available almost everywhere. Banh Mi is a traditional Vietnamese dish that you should never miss out on. Banh Mi including vegetables, pate, butter, soy sauce, cilantro, chilies, and hot peppers. Quick and tasty, you can also choose from a variety of meat fillings for your Banh Mi, including roasted pork belly, fried fish with turmeric and dill, boiled sausages, meatballs, boiled chicken, fried egg, grilled pork loin, Chinese barbecued pork. 

2. Pho

Pho is rice noodle that’s served in a flavourful soup with beef, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and greens such as basil, mint, cilantro, and onions with a side of chilli sauce for added spice. A basic bowl contains beef slices,  beef meatballs, beef flank, but diners can also opt for more exotic ingredients such as beef tendon, thinly-sliced pig stomach, and flank with cartilage. This popular breakfast option is served at any local restaurant or street market in Ho Chi Minh City.

3. Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Goi cuon or Vietnamese spring rolls comprise vermicelli noodles, pork slices, shrimp, basil, and lettuce tightly wrapped in translucent rice papers. Due to its very subtle flavour, you can dip it in a mix of freshly ground chilli and hoisin-based dipping sauce topped with crushed peanuts. This traditional appetiser is a healthier alternative to cha gio, which is a deep-fried egg roll made with a combination of mung bean noodles, minced pork, and various spices. If you want to try the dish in the romantic view, you can go to the Propeller – one of the best rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City with a stunning view about Saigon River and Ho Chi Minh City at night. 

Spring rolls is one of the best dish in Propeller rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh

4. Broken Rice 

Com tam is an Vietnamese name of Broken Rice. It is actually Broken Rice in Vietnamese, usually served with fried egg, diced green onions, and a variety of meats such as barbecued pork chop, shredded pork skin, and steamed pork and egg patty. Diners can also enjoy this dish with a side of pickled vegetables, cucumber slices, and Vietnamese dipping sauce. The dish can be enjoyed any time of the day as it is relatively inexpensive, with street markets and roadside food stalls.

5. Oc (Vietnamese Shellfish) 

Best enjoyed with cold beers, oc refers to platters of Vietnamese shellfish that are prepared in varying methods. Due to its popularity, there are plenty of roadside stalls and inexpensive restaurants with raw snails, blood cockles, clams, shrimps, and crabs displayed out front. After selecting those that strike your fancy, you can enjoy them grilled, sautéed, curried, or steamed, grilled mussels with scallion oil and peanuts, blood cockles sautéed in tamarind sauce, and clams steamed with lemongrass. 

6. Crispy Pancake 

Ban xeo or Crispy Pancake is a savoury pancake that’s made of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, stuffed with ingredients such as pork slices, shrimps, sliced onions, bean sprouts, and button mushrooms. Unlike the ones you find in Nha Trang and Hanoi, ban xeo in Ho Chi Minh City is much smaller in portion as it is usually eaten as a snack or appetiser. The best way to enjoy ban xeo is by wrapping it in mustard leaf, lettuce leaves or rice wrappers, together with mint leaves, basil, herbs, and sweet fermented peanut butter sauce. Lastly, dip it in a sweet and sour fish sauce.

7. Hu Tieu (Rice Noodles) 

Hu tieu is a subtler version of pho noodles, featuring a clear pork-based broth, flat rice noodles, and an assortment of pork toppings. There are also countless variations available in Ho Chi Minh City, though the most popular one is hu tieu xuong, which is topped with pork ribs. Alternatively, you can enjoy hu tieu with shrimp, squid, or fish if you’re not a fan of pork.

Hu Tieu is popular in Ho Chi Minh City

8. Ca Kho To (Caramelised Fish in Clay Pot)

The dish is served in numerous Vietnamese restaurants within Ho Chi Minh City, ca kho to refers to catfish braised in a clay pot. This dish is prepared by cutting a whole catfish into fillets before it’s braised in a thick gravy made with a combination of soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, shallots, garlic, and various spices and seasonings. Due to its intense sweet-salty flavour, ca kho to is always served with a plate of white rice. 

9. Banh Cuon (Rolled Cake)

Loosely wrapped in a steamed fermented rice sheet, banh cuon contains a mix of ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, onions, Vietnamese ham (cha lua), steamed beansprouts, and cucumbers. You can easily spot vendors selling banh cuon in prominent marketplaces such as Cholon and Ben Thanh Market as well as local restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City. This traditional Vietnamese dish is sometimes topped with shrimp floss, coriander, and herbs, with a sweet-sour dipping sauce made with fish extract, lime, and chilli.

10. Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork) 

A hearty dish in Ho Chi Minh City, Bun Thit Nuong features vermicelli rice noodles with freshly chopped lettuce, sliced cucumber, bean sprouts, pickled daikon and carrot, basil, chopped peanuts, and mint, topped with grilled yet tender pork shoulder. Diners can also opt for bun thit nuong cha gio, which comes with crunchy slices of deep-fried eggrolls. As with most Vietnamese dishes, you also get a side of Vietnamese sauce to mix into the bun thit nuong for a flavourful ensemble.

11. Bun Rieu

Vietnam is a land of noodle soups, and many enjoy at least one bowl of noodles a day, some, maybe even a few. After trying many different types of Vietnamese noodle soups during my stay in Saigon, tourists should try Bun Rieu which is made from a crab base stock, and another key ingredient are tomatoes, which create a broth that’s slightly seafood tasting, yet has a beautiful natural sweet and tartness from the tomatoes. 

Along with the wonderfully flavorful broth in a bowl of bun rieu, the noodles are often similar in shape and size to spaghetti noodles, except soft rice noodles. Topping the noodles are pieces of golden fried tofu, sometimes meatballs, hearty chunks of pork, squares of congealed pig’s blood, and finally a slab of rich crab paste.To eat bun rieu, you normally garnish it with shrimp paste or crab paste, then load it up with chili sauce, a squeeze of lime juice, and then devour it with a small mountain of herbs and shredded vegetables.

With many dish is listed in the guide above, it makes sure that travellers have a good trip through trying special food, Vietnamese food in Ho Chi Minh City. Click here if you want to know more about accommodation in this city. 

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Some places where people spend our night relaxing in Ho Chi Minh City

When it comes to “Ho Chi Minh City”, one of the modern cities in Vietnam with many exciting places such as night market, Singapore hotel in district 1, the best rooftop bars, tourist attractions, etc. To know more about this city, people can choose some places to visit.

1. Nguyen Hue – Pedestriant Street

Nguyen Hue is the first pedestriant street in Ho Chi Minh City. People who are foreigners and residents usually gather together here to join some night activities such as playing music instruments, chatting, getting small talk, discussing our pets, etc. 

Nguyen Hue Street is a broad walking promenade in the middle of District 1 city centre. This pedestrian area is flanked by some beautiful French colonial architectural wonders like the People’s Comittee, the Rex Hotel and a luxury shopping mall. In front of the People’s Committee you find a statue of Uncle Ho Chi Minh and a fountain show by night. 

At the other end of the promenade you find the Saigon River from where you can enjoy a nice view with a breeze. Walking from one end of the street to the other takes you around ten minutes and you will find some nice bars and restaurants along the way. It is nice to walk on Nguyen Hue Street, or take a seat on one of the benches, to have a look at the daily life and routine of the locals. 

2. The best rooftop bars in Ho Chi Minh City

A rooftop bar is the best choice if people need a best place to see Ho Chi Minh City at night. With classic music and a long list cocktail for guest that makes a romantic feeling, Propeller rooftop bar will help people do it. Moreover, Propeller bar is the perfect combination –fancy drinks, good service and a great view of the city. There are places for different budgets, but here are some of the better places to ring in the new year. Keep in mind that you will probably need to make a reservation for most of these places, so call early. Some offer dinner packages as well.

one of the best rooftop bar in Ho Chi Minh City

Especially, if guests would like to take a brazing light of the city while sipping on cocktails and sink your soul into music and grills, Propeller rooftop bar of Bay Hotel is the best choice. The guests will receive warm welcome from our friendly waiters/waitresses in the first time. If the guests would like to experience a stunning view of this city, they should choose the seats which face Saigon River. This is the most appealing characteristic of Propeller bar.

There are attractions on Propeller bar’s fabulous drink menu such as Bay On The High, Singapore Sling, House Spirit, etc. One of them, the bar’s namesake drink, The Propeller Cooler, is a special drink made with White Rum, Pineapple, Lime, Juice, Honey, Coconut milk; Mint leaves. It’s the sort of elegant cocktail. Besides, guests should try some Asian food as fresh spring roll with pork dumping, grilled chicken wing with BBQ sauce, seafood combo (squid, cobia steak, and prawn with fish sauce) created by the best chefs of Propeller Bar.

3. Pubs

Ho Chi Minh City’s bar scene is booming, with new pubs opening all the time. While some of the oldest and well-known bars did not seem to stand the test of time, many newcomers prove to be strong contenders with flawless cocktails, top-notch venues and great ambiance. 

If you don’t care about seeing the city, here are some of our favorite bars. Prefer to drink in a hotel bar? Here are some of the best. You could risk it and simply wander around on the night of until you find a place, but the massive crowds will make changing locations difficult and you might just find yourself out of luck. Our advice is to have a location in mind and get there early. You can go to Bui Vien Street in district 1 because this street has many pubs for your choice such as Le pub, Hair of the dogs, etc.

4. A tour in Cruises on Saigon river

Ho Chi Minh City’s romantic lights. The river’s gentle breeze caressing your skin. Relaxing and unique music. Comfort and luxury atmosphere. Peace far away the metropolis’s bustle. A delicious dinner. To be in company of a loved one. There are many ways to define this tour, but the only manner to understand it is checking it out yourself. 

Join us for dinner aboard the Cruise to live an unforgettable night sailing along the Saigon River and admiring the beautiful Ho Chi Minh City at night. For both a unique view of the city and a memorable experience, go for a river boat cruise on the Saigon River. Again, book these early as they’re popular and tend to fill up. Enjoy the sunset during the last days of the dry season on Saigon river is not a bad idea. It was a very pleasant experience: great staff, nice and comfortable boat, good food, good itinerary. 

Singapore hotel in district 1 in HCMC

5. Hotels in district 1

You really should book a room somewhere downtown, near the river, even if just for the one night. The traffic is wild on holiday or weekend, so unless you want to spend two hours in gridlock, book a room in District 1 as near to the Tran Hung Dao Statue as you can find for your price range. Happy partying!

If you love Singapore style, you can stay in Bay Hotel, one of the most luxury hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. This hotel is a lifestyle hotel designed with art elements to reflect the bustle rhythms and dynamism of the Ho Chi Minh City. With a convenient location at 7 Ngo Van Nam Street, Ward 1, District 1 near Saigon River. Its central location makes accessing all major entertainment areas, tourist attractions a breeze. From excellent location of Bay hotel, guests can easily walk to Saigon River and Saigon Opera House where there are many eating options. Also, the center Ho Chi Minh City is an interesting mix between old and new buildings that is worth exploring.

Besides, this hotel has a famous restaurant, CHIC restaurant, offers relaxed elegance infused with Asian cuisine and creative flavors. The restaurant will bring scarification for the food aficionados with dishes made by Singapore style where is considered as Asian’s newest culinary capital. The restaurant aims with not only a special dining experience but also a meal heightened with flavor fusions that are unexpected and executed perfectly by the best chef who brings a belief to guests. Overall, the hotel is not only one of the best accommodations in Ho Chi Minh City but also a great choice for travellers interested in culturally Asian food, sightseeing and city walks.