Vietnamese Crab Rice Noodle Soup – a must-eat Saigon street food

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Vietnamese Crab Rice Noodle Soup (Bún riêu) is a hot dish that has been a favorite of Vietnam people for many years. Nowadays this Saigon street food has become popular with foreigners from all over the world. Travelling to Vietnam – a country with authentic cuisine, you must try this fantastic soup.

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Colorful bowls of Vietnamese Crab Rice Noodle Soup – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

Bún riêu is a Vietnamese meat rice vermicelli soup. Its smell is awful to strangers but don’t be afraid — it has great flavor and that’s the soul of this dish. The dish is served in a bowl with tomato broth and topped with grounded crab meat, deep-fried tofu, congealed blood. A Vietnamese purple shrimp paste and various fresh local vegetables (split water spinach stems, shredded banana flower, spearmint, perilla, bean sprouts…) are also served on the side. People use chopsticks and spoon to enjoy the dish.

Crab Rice Noodle Soup In Vietnam

Vietnamese purple shrimp paste and various fresh local vegetables are served along with Vietnamese Crab Rice Noodle Soup – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

This Saigon street food’s specialty is that freshwater paddy crabs are used as main ingredients. These crabs are easily fished in rice paddies in Vietnam. Then they are cleaned carefully so that the dirt and sand must be remove. The cook pound the clean crabs with the shell on into a fine paste. The paste is strained to get the crab liquid which is the base for the soup along with tomato paste.
The attractive color of the soup base comes from annatto seeds. This dish is rich in nutrition: calcium from the ground crab shells, iron from the congealed pig’s blood, and vitamins and fiber from the vegetables.

In Saigon you can easily find people sit around a small plastic table at a street food stall to enjoy a bowl of Vietnamese Crab Rice Noodle Soup in early morning for breakfast. The meal can fill the empty stomach to start a new hard-working day in this busy city.

Would you like to sample the Vietnamese Crab Rice Noodle Soup – an amazing Saigon street food? Beautiful female guides of Scooter Saigon Tour are pleased to drive you around the city and sample best Saigon street foods. Browse our Saigon motorbike tours here.

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