Crab soup – an exotic Saigon street food

Saigon is a paradise of street foods including Fried corn, Braised organs, Grilled girdle rice cake, Mixed rice paper, Crab soup, etc. A bowl of Crab soup (Sup cua) can warm your stomach in the morning and evening on rainy days in Saigon. It is a good choice for light meal or supper. This kind of street food has become popular thanks to low price, comfort, easy-to-find and great taste.

Why is Crab soup special?

Sup cua is a very special dish from crab. Most of the dishes from crabs are considered as luxury dishes which are only served at expensive restaurants. Sup cua is a simple dish which can be found everywhere in Saigon. It is a dish for everybody including rich people, poor people (workers, pupils, motorbike taxi drivers, etc.), foodies. In Saigon, it is easy to find a Sup cua stall at any corner (at local markets, in front of schools, universities, in street food areas, in hidden back alleys, in old apartment buildings, etc.). A Sup cua stall is easily recognized for a very big pot of Sup cua on an oven.

There are not less than 10 ingredients for Sup cua: chicken, crab meat, mushroom, quail egg, corn, green onion, coriander, chili pepper, pea, tapioca starch, pork bone, century egg, pork brain, crab stick, shrimp, etc. The broth is cooked from pork bone so that it is rich and flavorful. Tapioca starch and egg white make the broth thick and velvety. The food is topped with aromatic green coriander. It is served with minced/sliced chili pepper and fish sauce. Diners can add salt and hot tastes to the food at their wish.

A bowl of Crab soup looks impressive with the gelatinous broth, white chicken, red crab meat, brown mushroom, white quail egg, yellow corn, green onion, coriander, red chili pepper. This soup is not only good looking but also nice smelling. You can smell its attractive fragrance from far away. Do not miss Crab soup – an exotic Saigon street food if you travel to the city. It is worth a try.

Simple crab soup made from chicken, crab meat, mushroom, green onion, coriander, chili pepper, tapioca starch, pork bone.

The vendor keeps the pot of crab soup warm by cooking it over low heat. The soup is cooked from chicken, crab meat, mushroom, quail egg, tapioca starch, pork bone, century egg, pork brain. To serve, the vendor ladles the soup into a bowl.

Then she tops the soup with corn, green onion, coriander, chili pepper, crab stick.

Crab soup - an exotic food in Saigon

And this is a mouth-watering crab soup which is made from various ingredients.

Crab soup stall in Saigon

A portion of Crab soup is not expensive, it costs 15,000-30,000 VND.

Where to eat Crab soup in Ho Chi Minh City?

Súp Cua Nhà Thờ Đức Bà, 86 Nguyen Du Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 6:00 – 21:00; Prices: 23,000 – 25,000 VND.

Súp Cua Bông, 59C Mac Dinh Chi Street, Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00; Prices: 15,000 – 37,000 VND.

Súp Cua Thùy, 69 Nguyen Thong Street, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 13:30 – 18:00; Prices: 27,000 – 32,000 VND.

Súp Cua Dũng, 46 Block O, Cu Xa Vinh Hoi, Ward 9, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 16:00 – 19:00; Prices: 15,000 – 30,000 VND.

Cô Lan – Súp Cua Bong Bóng Cá, 239 Luong Nhu Hoc Street, Ward 12, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 11:30 – 21:30; Prices: 38,000 – 65,000 VND; Highlight: swim bladder makes the crab soup taste flavorful differently.

Súp Cua Hạnh, 549 Su Van Hanh Street, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 6:15 – 22:30; Prices: 12,000 – 44,000 VND; Highlight: an old-standing crab soup restaurant.

Súp Cua Thảo, 68/4 Ho Thi Ky Street, Ward 1, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 13:00 – 22:00; Prices: 15,000 – 70,000 VND.

Súp Cua Chợ Thiếc, 166 Pho Co Dieu Street, Ward 6, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 6:00 – 19:00; Prices: 15,000 – 45,000 VND.

Súp Cua Lê Quang Định, 278 Le Quang Dinh Street, Ward 11, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City; Opening hours: 32:00 – 19:00; Prices: 32:000 VND; Highlight: 15-year-old restaurant.

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