Food Tour In Saigon

With vendors selling specialty dishes daily on every street corner, you don't stay hungry for long in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City. Street food is well and truly at the heart of this bustling city, but with so much on offer it's difficult to know what to choose.

Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) is a biggest sleepless and commercial city of Vietnam with many things awaiting for tourist to uncover. Beside its beautiful structures of Chinese style Temples, French Colonial Buildings and even modern Commerical Towers blending well together, its cuisines are also something that should be on your wish list.

Thank you Mr. Mark Wiens and his blog of finding 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon, our Team of Cu Chi Tunnels Tours is happy to narrow down just 4 dishes that you can easily find on the street of Saigon:

1) Bánh Mì: this type of street food has its origion from the French baguette durring the French colonial period and soon was apdopted by Vietnamese to create our own flavour. Walking around Saigon you’ll see dozens of carts with signs selling banh mi – it’s actually hard to go more than a block without seeing one – so it’s never hard to find. There are many different varieties of banh mi, and here’s a good resource for seeing the different types, but the basic sandwich starts with a crusty baguette that’s sliced in half (sometimes using a scissors) and stuffed with layers of pork, luncheon meats, shredded cured pork skin, pâté, mayonnaise, Vietnamese radish and carrot pickles, a handful of sliced cucumbers, sprigs of coriander (cilantro), and last but not least, an optional, yet in my opinion necessary, scoop of fresh pounded chilies. The sum of these ingredients together is what really makes banh mi such a glorious sandwich.

Banh mi in Saigon

2) Phở Bò/Gà (Vietnamese Beef/Chicken Noodle Soup): No matter if you’ve been to Vietnam before or not, you’ve likely heard of pho, if not already eaten it many times before. The noodle soup didn’t become so famous for nothing – it really is one of the most common dishes in throughout the country, and it makes the Vietnamese food menu at nearly every sit-down restaurant too. Pho is the combination of soft rice noodles in a soup broth, normally prepared with either bo (beef) or ga (chicken) – both of which can be extremely delicious.

Pho Bo - Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

3) Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang (Nam Vang Style Noodle Soup): This noodle soup is unique dish of the Southern of Vietnam with is origion from Khmer people. Hu tieu originally comes from kuy teav, and in its simplest and purest form, is a soup, normally made with pork bones, and served with a variety of different types of noodles. Nam Vang is the Vietnamese word for Phnom Penh, the largest and capital city of Cambodia. Together Hu Tieu Nam Vang translates to Phnom Penh Chinese noodle soup, a dish that has roots in both Cambodian and Chinese flavors, yet it’s incredibly popular in southern Vietnam. There are two ways to eat this Noodle Soup: Dry and Classical

Nam Vang Dry Noodle Soup

4) Hủ Tiếu Gõ (Coc Coc / Go Noodle Soup): This noodle soup is another version of Nam Vang Noodle Soup but more likely of budget style. What stand out of this noodle soup is that it is not served in restaurant but only on the street side by the mobile stall and when the stall moves, you will here the sound made by the saler by hitting the spoon onto small piece of metal etc...

Hu Tieu Go - Go Noodle Soup

Cu Chi Tunnels Tours and Team