Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Ho Chi Minh City

Location of Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street

The 1 km long Nguyen Thuong Hien Street (District 3, Ho Chi Minh City) is lined with eateries including street food stalls, restaurants selling hundreds of amazing foods, most of which are Vietnamese foods. The street is only 1 km far from Saigon Backpacker Area, 2.5 km from Ben Thanh Market. So that you can easily reach this food street and fill your stomach with delicious foods at reasonable prices and learn more about street foods in Ho Chi Minh City.

Where and what to eat and drink in Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street?

1. Banh Mi Kep Cha Bo Hung Phat Shop – Vietnamse sandwich with beef roll

Location: 325 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (at the crossroads of Nguyen Thuong Hien and Vo Van Tan Street). Google Maps

Opening hours: 06:30 – 22:30

This is a Vietnamese sandwich (Banh mi) shop selling take-away sandwich filled with different fillings. The sandwich can be filled with any combination of pork roll, beef roll, char siu pork, pork floss, cucumber, must ingredients including carrot and daikon pickles, corianders, soy sauce, chilli sauce, chilli slices, etc. Because this shop specializes in beef roll, called Chả bò in Vietnamese so that I would like to recommend to taste a Banh mi filled with chewy and tender beef roll slices. A Vietnamese sandwich with beef roll costs 17,000 VND.

Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Banh Mi Kep Cha Bo Hung Phat Shop

Banh Mi Kep Cha Bo Hung Phat Shop sells Vietnamese sandwich, beef ball, Steamed wheat buns

Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Banh Mi Kep Cha Bo Hung Phat Shop

A Vietnamese sandwich filled with beef roll, coriander, green onions, black pepper, chilli sauce, cucumber, pickles served by Banh Mi Kep Cha Bo Hung Phat Shop

2. Bun Bo Hue Yen Huong Giang Restaurant – Hue beef noodle soup

Location: 323 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (at the crossroads of Nguyen Thuong Hien and Vo Van Tan Street). Google Maps

Opening hours: 24/24

What is better than a hot bowl of Hue beef noodle soup with rich broth, various toppings, herbs and vegetables. Toppings include beef slices, beef tendon, beef brisket, pork legs, beef roll, blood pudding. Vegetables include shredded morning glory and banana blossom. The broth is very special, it is cooked from Fermented acetes sauce (Mắm ruốc), lemon grass, bones. Although this food originated from Hue, it has become a favorite food in Ho Chi Minh City which has foods from all regions of the country.

The restaurant is not too small but not too spacious. Wood tables and chairs are arrange on two floors, w. You can choose combinations of meat toppings. A portion of Hue beef noodle soup at Bun Bo Hue Yen Huong Giang Restaurant costs from 50,000 VND.

Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Bun Bo Hue Yen Huong Giang Restaurant

Bun Bo Hue Yen Huong Giang Restaurant has 2 floors with wood tables and chairs, serves great delicious Beef noodle soup, opens 24/24

3. Nem Tre Co Nguyet – Fermented pork, Fermented Pork skin, Beef roll and Pork roll

Location: 284 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 4, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (at the crossroads of Nguyen Thuong Hien and Vo Van Tan Street). Google Maps

Opening hours: 11:00 – 21:00

Perhaps not many foreigners love to eat Vietnamese Fermented foods including Fermented pork (Nem chua), Fermented pork skin (Tré, Nem bì chua). I recommend this food stall because it has been open for nearly 50 years and one of the top places to buy the best cold cuts in the city. If you can not eat the fermented foods, you can choose to eat tender and chewy Vietnamese pork roll (Chả bò) and beef roll (Chả lụa). You can order a portion of Mixed cold cuts with Vietnamese mint and cucumber. Or a Vietnamese sandwich filled with any combination of Pork roll, Beef roll, Fermented pork, Fermented pork skin, cucumber and sauce. A sandwich costs 20,000 VND. This stall sells take-away foods so that you can buy first, then find a place to eat.

Nem Tre Co Nguyet - Fermented pork, Fermented Pork skin, Beef roll and Pork roll

Nem Tre Co Nguyet which opened over 50 years ago is one of the best places to buy Fermented pork, Fermented Pork skin, Beef roll and Pork roll wrapped in banana leaves in Saigon

4. Banh Trang Tron Chu Vien – Rice paper salad

Location: 38 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 4, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (at the crossroads of Nguyen Thuong Hien and Vo Van Tan Street). Google Maps

Opening hours: 11:30 – 19:00

Although Rice paper salad (Bánh tráng trộn) is a salad, it is not served with steamed rice, bread or rice noodles but eaten as a snack. It has won the hearts of most Vietnamese people thanks to the perfect mix of sticky rice paper strips, fried or boiled quail eggs, beef jerky, dried beef liver, dried squid, Vietnamese mint, peanuts and special sauce – the soul of the salad. Before eating, dinners use a pair of chopsticks to mix the ingredients in plastic bags or sellers can help buyers to mix. Chu Vien is one of the most famous places to buy Rice paper salad in Saigon. A portion costs from 20,000 to 35,000 VND.

Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Banh Trang Tron Chu Vien

Banh Trang Tron Chu Vien selling Rice paper salad is always crowded with customers

Rice paper salad

Rice paper salad consists of rice paper strips, quail eggs, shredded green mangoes, Vietnamese mints, dried squid, dried beef, dried beef liver, peanuts

5. Buoi Ep Phat Dat – Fresh Juices

Location: 125 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 4, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (at the crossroads of Nguyen Thuong Hien and Vo Van Tan Street). Google Maps

Opening hours: 6:00 – 00:00

If you would like to find something healthy and refreshing drink, fresh juices at Buoi Ep Phat Dat juice shop is a great choice. The shop has dozens of fresh seasonal fruits and you can choose any combination of the fruits. Prices range from 13,000 to 40,000 VND. A bottle of pineapple juice costs only 13,000 VND because this fruit is cheap in Vietnam. A bottle of pomelo or orange costs 30,000 VND.

Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Buoi Ep Phat Dat - Fresh Juices

Buoi Ep Phat Dat Juice Shop specializes in pomelo juice and juice from other fruits such as pineapples, carrots, orange, etc.

6. Nguyen Hien Restaurant – Steamed rice and Vietnamese dishes

Location: 66 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 4, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (at the crossroads of Nguyen Thuong Hien and Vo Van Tan Street). Google Maps

Opening hours: 6:30 – 21:00

If you would like to eat Steamed rice like Vietnamese people, you can come to Nguyen Hien Restaurant. A portion including Steamed rice, stir-fried or fresh vegetables, soup, main dishes from chicken, meat, seafood costs from 40,000 VND. Some of my favorite main dishes include Crispy chicken thigh (Cơm gà xối mỡ), Braised pork and egg in caramel (Thịt kho trứng), Braise pork ribs (Sườn non ram mặn).

Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Nguyen Hien Restaurant - Steamed rice and Vietnamese dishes

Nguyen Hien Restaurant serves Steamed rice and Vietnamese dishes

7. Oc Chi Map Restaurant – Snail and shellfish dishes

Location: 138 – 144 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 4, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (at the crossroads of Nguyen Thuong Hien and Vo Van Tan Street). Google Maps

Opening hours: 16:00 – 22:00

Have you ever heard about eating snail dishes? Coming to Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, you can see lots of locals sit around plastic tables, eat and drink while chatting and laughing. Snail and shellfish which are grilled, stir-fried with garlic, coconut milk, sautee, butter, salt will make you open your eyes and satisfy your stomach. I usually order Grilled sweet snail (Ốc hương nướng), Stir-fried blood cockles with garlic/tamarind sauce (Sò huyết xào tỏi/me), Grilled scallops with scallion oil (Sò điệp nướng mỡ hành), Steamed clams with lemongrass (Nghêu hấp sả). Prices range between 60,000 and 120,000 VND.

Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Oc Chi Map Restaurant - Snail and shellfish dishes

Oc Chi Map Restaurant serves Snail and shellfish dishes, some customers eat at the restaurant, the others buy and take away

8. Xoi Cau Bao Restaurant – Savory steamed sticky rice

Location: 25 Nguyen Thuong Hien Street, Ward 4, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (at the crossroads of Nguyen Thuong Hien and Vo Van Tan Street). Google Maps

Opening hours: 8:30 – 21:00

In Vietnam, they love to eat not only rice but sticky rice dishes so that it will be a big miss if you do not taste this food.  Savory steamed sticky rice, topped with chicken, quail egg, minced beef, beef roll at Xoi Cau Bao costs 35,000 VND/portion.

Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Xoi Cau Bao Restaurant

Xoi Cau Bao Restaurant serves one of the best Savory steamed sticky rice with toppings in the city

9. Vuon Chuoi Market

Vuon Chuoi Market is a local market – a great spot for shopping and eating. There are lots of food stalls in the market and you are free to choose any appropriate foods. My favorite foods at this market include traditional cakes such as Vietnamese honeycomb cake (Bánh bò), Pandan plain rice cake (Bánh đúc lá dứa), Steamed banana cake (Bánh chuối). Price is only 15,000 VND/glass of cakes including sauces or dips.

Vuon Chuoi Market

Vuon Chuoi Market opens until night

Vietnamese honeycomb cake (Bánh bò), Pandan plain rice cake (Bánh đúc lá dứa), Steamed banana cake (Bánh chuối)

Small stalls on the street sell these colorful Vietnamese honeycomb cake (Bánh bò), Pandan plain rice cake (Bánh đúc lá dứa), Steamed banana cake (Bánh chuối) attracts people

Summary of Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street Ho Chi Minh City

Restaurants, food and drink stalls in Nguyen Thuong Hien Street are favorite places of local people and always crowed with customers queuing in lines. Vendors and staffs can not speak English and are not as professional as staffs at restaurants for tourists and rich people in the city. Most restaurants are small, tables and chairs are also small, there is no air conditioner so that dinners sometimes are not comfortable. However, the restaurants are long-standing and serve safe and delicious foods with secret recipes. I have tried to introduce to you the best places to eat and drink in Nguyen Thuong Hien Food Street.

If you are a food lover and would like to enjoy Saigon street foods, a Ho Chi Minh City Food Tour by night is a good choice to taste most of the best Vietnamese foods within a few hours. A plus to the foods is a fun ride around many districts on which you learn more about the real local life which is missed by many tourists.

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