Best cheap eats for Saigon street foods in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

District 3 is located a few kilometers from District 1, District 3 offers lots of good cheap eats offering amazing foods at reasonable prices. The district has the famous Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, known as the paradise of Rice paper salad. Turtle Lake in District 3 is not only well-known as a piece of historical evidence but also a street food area. Vo Van Tan Street, Cao Thang Street, long-standing Ban Co Market and Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings are favorite stops for eating street foods. Let me share with you the best cheap eats for Saigon street foods in District 3. I hope you will have enough time to wander the areas and eat all the amazing foods.

Nguyen Thuong Hien Rice Paper Salad Street

I would like to share with you the most famous Rice paper salad stall which does not provide any seat but sell takeaway Rice paper dishes. The most popular foods from Rice paper is Rice paper salad or Banh trang tron which contains rice paper strips, shredded green mango, Vietnamese mint, quail egg, beef jerky, squid jerky, dried cow liver. Before eating, you should mix all of the ingredients with a special sauce with chopsticks. Banh trang cuon or Rice paper roll consists of the same ingredients. They do not cut rice paper into strips but use it to wrap the fillings into a roll. Diner dips the roll into the special sauce and eat. Sometimes, the stalls are very busy and crowded, there are long lines of customers so that you must to wait for a few minutes.

Best cheap eats for Saigon street foods in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Rice paper strips, shredded green mango, Vietnamese mint, quail egg, beef jerky, squid jerky, dried cow liver – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

Banh Trang Tron Long

  • Address: 34 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 5, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00;
  • What to eat? – Rice paper salad, Rice paper roll;
  • Prices: 10,000 – 35,000 VND.

Banh Trang Tron Chu Vien

  • Address: 38 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 5, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • What to eat? – Rice paper salad;
  • Opening hours: 11:00 – 19:00;
  • Prices: 20,000 – 35,000 VND.

Banh Trang Tron Co Thao

  • Address: 90 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 5, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • What to eat? – Rice paper salad;
  • Opening hours: 8:30 – 20:00;
  • Prices: 10,000 – 25,000 VND.

Turtle Lake Food Area

Turtle Lake is a special and one of the largest roundabout in the city, it has small lakes, spiral pedestrian paths, benches, and lots of green old trees. A tower in shape of a flower and a sword is the highlight of this place. President Nguyen Van Thieu of Republic of Vietnam built the octagonal lake and four spiral path in order to keep the dragon which represented for an invisible power against him from awaking. In recent, the turtle lake becomes a popular place for Saigon people to gather, walk around, relax, have some foods and drinks. At Turtle Lake, you have a chance to enjoy a wide range of street foods including Grilled quail egg cake, Grilled girdle cake, Rice paper salad, Fried corn, many drinks at very small stalls. All of them are extremely delicious, price range between 10,000 and 25,000 VND. Click here to view on Google Map.

Best cheap eats for Saigon street foods in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Turtle Lake under the shade of old green trees – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

Best cheap eats for Saigon street foods in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Fried corn with dried tiny shrimp and green onion – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

Vo Van Tan Food Street

Che Via He Co Diep

  • Address: 241 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 18:00 – 22:00;
  • What to eat? – Vietnamese sweet soup, Cow cake, Steamed sticky rice;
  • Prices: 10,000 VND.

Che Via He Co Diep is a long-standing food stall which covers only 2 square meters in an alley. Most customers buy and take the foods away. However, you can sit on a small plastic stool next to the stall and enjoy the food quickly. Che Via He Co Diep sells traditional Vietnamese sweet soup made from bananas, sweet potatoes, beans, coconut milk. The sweet soups are usually served without ice. The airy, soft but a little chewy Cow cake is worth a try. The price is very cheap, a rice bowl of sweet soup costs 10,000 VND or 0.5 USD.

Bun Cha Ho Guom

  • Address: Vo Van Tan, 135 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 18:00 – 22:00;
  • What to eat? – Rice noodles with pork pie (kebab) and/or Fried shrimp and crab roll, Flan cake, Spring roll, Duc cake, Fried shrimp cake;
  • Prices: 50,000 VND.

This restaurant specializes in foods which are popular in Hanoi. Kebab rice noodles (Bun cha) containing rice noodles, grilled pork, dipping fish sauce, kohlrabi is a must-eat food at this place. A bowl of Bun cha costs 52,000 VND. You may know about the famous Vietnamese spring roll which is crispy outside, tender, a little chewy, and very tasty inside. Bun Cha Ho Guom offers another version of Vietnamese fried roll – Square shrimp and crab fried roll which costs 25,000 VND or 1 USD. Duc cake is a tender cake made from rice flour, topped with a mix of ground pork, wood ears, fried shallots, coriander, and eaten with dipping fish sauce. The restaurant is rather spacious with lots of stainless chairs and tables.

Bot Chien Dat Thanh

  • Address: 277 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 14:00 – 21:00;
  • What to eat? – Pan-fried scrambled egg rice cake, Dim sum, Bo pia roll;
  • Prices:  20,000 – 30,000 VND.

The cook was frying Bot chien – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

A portion of Bot chien – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

Dumplings topped with Vietnamese mint and fried onion – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

Bot Chien Dat Thanh is one of the oldest and best restaurants serving Pan-fried scrambled egg rice cake or Bot chien in Saigon. The food is very simple, it consists of pieces of boiled rice flour, fried until crispy with egg, then served with shredded green papaya and dipping soy sauce. A plate of Bot chien costs 30,000 VND, it can fill your stomach and satisfy your taste.

Hung Phat – Banh Mi Kep Cha Bo

  • Address: 323 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 5, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 6:30 – 22:30;
  • What to eat? – Vietnamese bread with beef pie, Savory steamed sticky rice with mixed toppings or chicken;
  • Prices: 17,000 VND.

Best cheap eats for Saigon street foods in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City

Bread filled with beef pie (beff roll) – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

I guess that you have heard or eaten Vietnamese bread – one of the top Vietnamese must-eat foods. Let me share with you a great place to eat this amazing food in Saigon. The highlight of this eatery is that it serves Vietnamese bread filled with beef roll (or Cha bo) instead of the popular pork roll. Warm crispy bread freshly baked at the eatery, chewy and tasty beef pie, coriander, daikon and carrot pickles, cucumber, patee, and special sauce. The price is reasonable, a bread costs only 17,000 VND (~0.75 USD). Hung Phat also sells Steamed sticky rice with pork roll, pork floss, and Steamed wheat flour cake. All foods cost less than 20,000 VND but can fill your stomach and satisfy your taste incredibly.

Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings Food Area

Nguyen Thien Thuat apartment buildings were built in the 1960s and have been home to Saigon people for over 60 years. Everything is old in this area. So that there are lots of long-standing food stalls and restaurants offering great foods at shophouses in the area around these buildings. Just troll into the old Saigon, and eat Saigon to its fullest in the area of Nguyen Thien Thuat buildings and Nguyen Thien Thuat Street. There are countless of great eateries but I can only pick the best from the list.

Pho Chua Lang Son

  • Address: 242/101 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 15:00 – 20:30;
  • What to eat? – Sweet and sour Pho noodles (recommended), Pyramidal rice cake;
  • Prices: 25,000 – 55,000 VND.

Pho perhaps is the most famous Vietnamese food which is popular in Vietnam and other countries. The most well-known version of Pho consists of flavorful broth, slippery flat rice noodles, beef (rare and/or medium, ball). The version of Pho at Pho Chua Lang Son – Nguyen Thien Thuat does not consist Pho noodles, topped with chicken, shrimp crackers, herbs, peanuts, fried shallots, sweet and sour sauce. The food is called Sour Pho or Pho chua. When eating, dinner mixes everything well until the sauce play off the others. You can add a mix of lemongrass, chili pepper, and deep-fried pork fat. They also serve the broth in a separate bowl. A portion of Sour Pho costs 50,000 VND (~1 USD). Pyramidal rice cake topped with crispy deep-fried shallot, coriander, and eaten with dipping fish sauce is worth trying at this eatery. It costs only 22,000 VND (~1 USD).

Chao Vit Lien

  • Address: 21/3 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, Ward 2, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 7:00 – 22:00;
  • What to eat? – Duck congee, Duck salad, Cellophane/rice noodle soup with duck;
  • Prices: 20,000 – 100,000 VND;
  • Highlights: 60-year-old.

Rice congee with duck – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

Congee with duck or Chao vit is a strange food to foreigners. The congee is cooked from whole ducks so that it is very rich. The cooked duck is cut into pieces and served with shredded cabbage salad, bean sprouts, shredded banana blossom and morning glory. The dipping sauce at this stall is very special, it is made from fish sauce and ginger which goes well with duck meat. Instead of congee, you can order cellophane noodle soup with bamboo shoot to eat with duck meat. A bowl of congee without duck meat costs 17,000 VND (~0.75 USD), a bowl of congee/bamboo shoot cellophane with duck meat costs 44,000 VND (~ 2 USD),

Banh Mi Chao Co Le

  • Address: 003 Block D, Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings, Alley 213 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 7:00 – 12:00;
  • What to eat? – Vietnamese pan bread;
  • Prices: 20,000 – 35,000 VND.

You and most foreigners are familiar with Vietnamese bread filled with meat, vegetables, sauces, patee, etc. At Banh Mi Chao Co Le, the nice vendor serves the bread with fillings including sausage, cheese, omelet egg, canned fish, sausage, pork roll, onion, fried in a small pan, pickles and vegetables in a plate. The diner can eat the bread with the fillings or stuff it with the fillings, then eat the stuffed bread. All the fillings are homemade at this stall so that everything is perfect to go together. The eatery is outdoor and very simple with some plastic chairs and stools. The wall drawings and a poem about Ms. Le, foods, and shippers are nice to see at the stall. The stall has another name – Banh mi be due which means Gay bread. The name comes from the omelet egg which is rare cooked.

Ban Co Food Market

  • Banh Beo Cho Ban Co, Ban Co Market, 51/73 Cao Thang Street, Ward 2, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 9:00 – 19:00;  What to eat? – Hue cakes; Prices: 35,000 VND.
  • Chao Tieu Co Ut, 51/33 Cao Thang Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 15:30 – 22:30;  What to eat? – Teochew congee with ground pork/mushroom/snakehead/liver/organs/mixed; Prices: 27,000 – 80,000 VND (rather high price); Highlights: 70-year-old.
  • Bun Bi Tu Loan, Ban Co Market, 664/14 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 11:30 – 17:00;  What to eat? – Spring roll, Rice noodles with grilled pork/pork patties, Pork patty roll, Fried roll; Prices: 8,000 – 35,000 VND.

Oc Loan

  • Address: 012 Block C, Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings, To Hien Thanh Street, Ward 1, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 16:00 – 22:00;
  • What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes;
  • Prices: 50,000 – 150,000 VND;
  • Highlights: 60-year-old.

Toasted snail with salt – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

Oc Loan snail restaurant could not be missed in the list of the best cheap eats for Saigon street foods in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.  is located in a small alley in the area of Nguyen Thien Thuat Apartment Buildings. The eatery has been opened for over 60 years and one of the top places to eat snail and seafood dishes in Saigon. The menu has more than 100 dishes for your choice. Snails are favorite ingredients to make favorite foods in Vietnam. Snail meat is tender and crunchy. It may be smelling or smelly to you. According to Vietnamese people, the smell of snails are sweet. You can choose the snails grilled, roasted, stir-fried with various spices such as lemongrass, salt, chili pepper, black pepper or tamarind sauce, coconut milk, etc. My favorite dishes at Oc Loan include Roasted ocean crab with salt and chili pepper (60,000 VND ~ 2.5 USD), Steamed clams with lemongrass (50,000 VND ~ 2.25 USD), and Grilled scallops with green onion oil (50,000 VND ~ 2.25 USD). The eatery is alway crowded and busy but they serve customers the dishes quickly.

Oc Xuyen

  • Address: 174/43 Nguyen Thien Thuat Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map;
  • Opening hours: 12:00 – 22:00;
  • What to eat? – Snail, clam, scallop dishes;
  • Prices: 50,000 – 180,000 VND.

Oc Xuyen is located next to Oc Loan in the area of Ban Co Market. Highlights of this cheap eat include big snails, secret recipes, and good services.

Cao Thang Street – Grilled girdle cake street

Cao Thang is known as the street of Grilled girdle cake or Banh trang nuong. It has many street food stalls serving Banh trang nuong which consists of rice paper, topped with various ingredients such as sausage, pork floss, dried small shrimp, quail egg, green onion, mayonnaise, chili sauce, grilled on charcoal until crispy. One of the best cheap eats to enjoy this amazing food is Banh Trang Nuong Da Lat. The price is very cheap, a girdle-cake costs only 21,000 VND (~1 USD).

  • Banh Trang Nuong Da Lat, 53 – 57 Cao Thang Street, Ward 3, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; View on Google Map; Opening hours: 17:00 – 22:00;  What to eat? – Grilled girdle cake with various toppings; Prices: 21,000 VND.

Vietnamese pizza – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour

Are you mouth-watering when reading this post? The best cheap eats for Saigon street foods in District 3 should not be missed when you are in Ho Chi Minh City. I would like to recommend you to join a Saigon Food Tour by motorbike or a Walking Saigon Food Tour to eat all of the must-eat Saigon street foods within a few hours with a local who is experienced on eating the city.

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