Best Foods to Eat with Steamed Rice in Saigon

Best Foods to Eat with Steamed Rice in Saigon

Steamed rice is the most popular food in Vietnam and it could be served with a wide range of foods such as braised dishes, steamed dishes, soups, salad and stir-fried dishes… Coming to Vietnam, do not miss enjoy “Com” which means steamed rice and some side dishes. You may be confused when you enter a restaurant/food stall with lots of foods to eat with steamed rice. Here is a recommendation about Best Foods to Eat with Steamed Rice in Saigon which could help you to order the best meal with rice and Vietnamese foods yourself. Normally, Vietnamese people eat steamed rice with a portion of main dish, a portion of soup and a portion of stir-fried vegetable/fresh vegetable/pickle. Let’s me tell you something about Saigonese people’s eating habits. In the morning, most locals love to eat Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi), Broken Rice (Com Tam) and noodle soups at home, restaurants and street food stalls. Because most of them couldn’t go home for lunch, some bring home cooked steamed rice with foods and eat at working places while others have lunch at restaurants and street food stalls. These eateries usually prepare steamed rice with lots of foods for different tastes. Steamed rice is served with main dish, stir-fried vegetable, fresh vegetable on a plate and soup is served in a small bowl. Dipping sauce, chili, soy sauce are available on dining tables. If you are in Saigon, you can see people go out for lunch everywhere on the streets.

Main dishes:

1. Braised Fish

Braised Fish In Vietnam

Braised Fish In Caramel

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Claypot has been considered the best cookware in Vietnam for many years. In recent days, Vietnamese people use other kinds of cookware for convenient reasons but foods cooked in claypost is the most delicious foods to us. Fish (snakehead fish, anabas) cooked in claypot with caramel, topped with black pepper is one of the healthiest and most delicious dish to eat with steamed rice in South Vietnam, including Saigon. To eat, dinner uses a spoon to put the sauce onto steamed rice, remove the bone and eat fish meat.

2. Braised Pork and Egg in Caramel

Braised Pork And Eggs In Caramel

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Pork is cut into medium cubes and cooked in caramel with boiled egg for a few hours. Unlike Braised Fish in Claypot which sauce is glutinous, the sauce of this food could cover pork and egg when it’s ready. The pork must be tender and turn red-brown. That’s how Braised Pork and Egg in Caramel – one of the most favorite food to eat with steamed rice in Saigon. It’s better to eat this food with herbs and salad. Vietnamese people usually use chopsticks to dip herbs and salad into the sauce and tuck in with pork and steamed rice.

3. Deep-fried Tofu Stuffed with Pork

Stuffed Deep Fried Tofu With Pork

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After being stuffed with pork, black pepper, wood ear, deep-fried tofu is cooked in tomato sauce for half hour. This smelling and tasty food couldn’t be missed in the list of Best Foods to Eat with Steamed Rice in Saigon. This food is usually eaten with soy sauce and herbs.

4. Deep-fried Fish

Deep Fried Fish In Vietnam

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Vietnamese people love to eat deep-fried fishes so much and they couldn’t be missed at any restaurants or street food stalls serving Steamed Rice. Deep-fried arara, blue fish, carp, red tilapia are the most popular dishes. Locals usually eat crispy fish with sweet, sour and spicy dipping fish sauce. Fish sauce dip has become one of the most important part of Vietnamese foods. Without it, the Deep-fried Fish isn’t delicious anymore.

5. Deep-fried Chicken Wing in Fish Sauce

Fried Chicken Top Foods To Eat With Steamed Rice 2

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In Western countries, people usually chicken with chili paste and tomato paste. In Vietnam, people eat crispy deep-fried chicken wing simmered in fish sauce and garlic on low heat for 3-5 minutes until the sauce thickens. Fish sauce is the soul of this food, it makes the dish flavorful, smelling and good-looking


1. Sweet and Sour Soup

Vietnamese Sweet And Sour Soup

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Sweet and Sour Soup could be considered as king soup in South Vietnam. It’s usually cooked from fish, pineapple, bean sprout and many kinds of vegetables. Tamarind or lemon is used to make the soup sour. To eat, just dip fish meat and vegetables into fish sauce and eat with steamed rice. Some love to mix the broth with steamed rice to eat.

2. Soup with Pumpkin and Pork

Vietnamese Pumpkin Soup

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Instead of grounding pumpkin to cook pumpkin soup, Vietnamese people cut pumpkin into pieces and and cook with pork. The broth must be clean, the pumpkin and pork must be tender. Chopped green onion and black pepper couldn’t be missed to make the soup smelling and attractive.

3. Soup with Greens and Pork

Greens are washed carefully and cut into 5-cm segments before being cooked with pork or shrimp. This soup is popular because it’s comfortable to eat and very healthy.

4. Soup with Chicken and River-leaf Creeper

River-leaf Creeper has sour taste and this is the best ingredient to cook chicken soup. This is a specialty food which has been loved by many ages in Vietnam.

5. Soup with Bitter Melon Stuffed with Pork

Soup With Bitter Melon

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In Vietnamese we call bitter melon “kho qua” which means difficulty has gone. Vietnamese people not only eat this food daily but cook it at the end of a year with a wish about better new year. When you eat bitter melon, it tastes bitter at first but it becomes delicious after that. Although it’s not easy to eat bitter melon and the bitter broth of the soup, this food is very healthy and worth trying. Let’s find out why Vietnamese people love to eat Soup with Bitter Melon Stuffed with Pork.

Stir-fried dishes

1. Stir-fried Bean Sprouts

Stir Fried Bean Sprouts

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2. Stir-fried Morning Glory

Stir Fried Morning Glory

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3. Stir-fried Green Bean

Stir Fried Green Bean

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4. Stir-fried Greens

Stir Fried Greens

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5. Stir-fried Kohlrabi

Stir Fried Kohlrabi

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Fresh Vegetables/Pickles

1. Salad

2. Sliced cucumber

3. Pickled Greens

4. Herbs

5. Tomato


1. Iced Tea

Iced Tea

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2. Chinese Herb Tea

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3. Corn Milk

Soy Bean Milk

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4. Sugar Cane Juice

Iced Sugarcane Juice

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5. Milk with Lotus Seed

Soy Bean Milk In Vietnam

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