Saigon is famous for its prominent history going back hundreds of years. Over the time, for Saigonese, food is life; they love to eat, they can eat at any time and anywhere. Food is communication – Food is culture. Exists somewhere in Saigon city’s oldest and most popular street stalls. These places hold a special place in many many Saigon people’s early teen heart and memory. Many Saigoneses come to eat their favorite dishes at these long standing food stalls because nowhere can serve them the dish better than that. Saigoneses who have gone far from the hometown, have come back to see things have been changed and to go back to their childhood’s eating places and can live the dream of going on a date when they were young. Not only the elders, young people in Ho Chi Minh city also come there to try the taste which last for decades and learn more about culture through foods. Here are some oldest Street Stalls In Ho Chi Minh city and their stories.
1. 70 year old chitterling gruel street stall
Street stall Ba Ut (located at 193 Co Giang Street District 1) is one of oldest Street Stalls In Ho Chi Minh city. It has been a favorite place for neighborhoods and visitors who would like to eat over 80 years chitterling gruel. It has been said that the street stall was started for business a long long time ago. The owner Ba Ut (Mrs. Ut) told us that she inherited the stall from her mother and continued selling the chitterling gruel 60 years ago.
Chitterling gruel is cooked with rice and bones, then the dish is served with boiled chitterling, blood pudding, intestines, lungs, kidney, heart and stomach. The vendor also brings you special fish sauce dip along with the bowl of chitterling gruel. The secret recipe of street stall Ba Ut has attracted many generations of Saigon people.
2. 70 year old sweet soup stall
Over 70 years, sweet soup stall “Nha Den” has passed through 4 generations and served countless of customers. This street food stall is well-known by most Saigon foodies although it is located at a hidden corner in Dong Khanh commercial center (District 5, Ho Chi Minh city).
The fourth-generation owner Ms. Ha told us that the street food stall is twice older than her. Her grandmom and mother told her that the life was hard in the past. The life only has become better since the business of the sweet soup stall was started. The stall is impressed by its menu with over 20 kinds of sweet soups. The Chinese style sweet soups here are special and satisfy most grumpy customers.
Read more about Khanh Vy sweet soup stall!
3. 68 year old Hue cake stall
Hue cake stall has been a familiar places of on who wants to buy Hue cake in Saigon. Bánh Bột Lọc (Rice dumpling cake) and Bánh Nậm are sold on simple and small table at this street food stall. I’ve been told that the Hue cake is impressive not only because of its special taste but also the way its owner does her business. She only makes an fixed amount of cakes everyday although she can make more to sell more for more money. Sometimes when she doesn’t have the charge, she rather doesn’t want to sell. However, most buyers aren’t upset with this because they have fallen in love with the wonderful cakes there.
4. 60 year old Pho Restaurant
Located on crowded and busy Pauster street of District 1, Pho Minh Restaurant has been serving Pho to Saigon people for over 60 years. Pho Minh is many Saigonese’s favorite for its North-style taste. Come to Pho Minh, elders want to go back to their childhood. Tables and chairs are the same as in the past. There aren’t many tables and chairs so that there are spacious place for customers to enjoy the meals comfortably.
See other long standing Pho stalls in Ho Chi Minh city here!
5. 60 year old stuffed rice pancake restaurant
The stuffed rice cake restaurant is located at 88 Tran Khac Chan Street, District 1 has been always crowed for over 60 years. Highlights of the stuffed rice cake are clampy rice pancakes, crispy meat cakes and medium-sweet fish sauce dip.
We have designed the tour: Saigon Culinary History by motorbike to take you to oldest street stalls In Ho Chi Minh city on motorbike. You will have chance to taste the best Saigon street foods, listen to food stories and get closer to Vietnamese cuisine.
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