The 650-m Phan Van Han Food Street is short but full of eateries serving the best street foods in Ho Chi Minh City. Most of the restaurants, food stalls and shops offers Vietnamese foods with surprisingly cheap prices. The street is not far from the city center, it takes about 10 minutes to reach Phan Van Han from District 1.
Location of Phan Van Han Food Street
Location: Phan Van Han Street, Ward 17, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. The Phan Van Han Street is 4 km from Ben Thanh Market in District 1. Phan Van Han Street is only 650 m long, starts from the crossroads of Phan Van Han and Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Streets and ends at the crossroads of Dien Bien Phu Street and Phan Van Han Street. There is a huge blue and white signboard read Phường 17, Khu Phố 1, Khu Phố Văn Hóa (Ward 17, Quarter 1, Cultural Quarter) on the entrance to the food street at the crossroads of Phan Van Han and Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Streets.
Phan Van Han Food Street
Some eateries have names, the others have no name but signboard read what they serve. Restaurants and food stalls on the street are always crowded with customers thanks to great foods and cheap prices. Foods and ingredients are usually arranged in stainless steel and glass food carts. Plastic and stainless steel tables, chairs, stools are popular at the eateries. Menus are hung or pasted on walls, some places do not have menus because diners have already known the prices.
Chi Yen 7 Ngay 7 Mon
Location: 61 Phan Van Han Street, Ward 17, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Opening hours: 11:00 – 13:00.
Prices: VND 20,000 – 45,000.
The restaurant owned by Mr. Thanh and Mrs. Yen has no name but customers in Saigon usually call it Chi Yen 7 Ngay 7 Mon. The name literally means Sister Yen 7 days 7 foods. The restaurant serves only one Vietnamese dish a day. They offer about 20 dishes including Steamed rolls, Pork organ meat congee, Braised duck noodles, Beef Pho noodle soup, Crab soup, Beef stew, Crab noodle soup, etc. Customers do not know which food they will eat before arriving at the restaurant on a day. The vendors often cook vegetarian foods on the 1st and 15th days of the lunar months.
The most expensive food is Noodles with braised duck which costs VND 45,000. The cheapest food costs only VND 20,000. Customers always queue in lines for great and cheap foods at this special restaurant. Sometimes, they spend more than 30 minutes to wait for the foods but all are happy with the foods, great services and the friendly vendors.
Banh Mi Quynh Huong (Quynh Huong Vietnamese Sandwich Shop)
Location: 104 Phan Van Han Street, Ward 17, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Opening hours: 5:00 – 22:00.
Prices: VND 15,000 – 30,000.
The long-standing Banh shop in Binh Thanh District sells Vietnamese sandwiches, Burned rice with pork floss, sandwiches, some traditional Vietnamese cakes, Pasta with beef, Fried rice with beef, Mixed fried rice. Banh mi at this shop tastes great and costs from VND 15,000 to 20,000.
Pho Chu Tu (Pho Uncle Tu)
Location: 180 Phan Van Han Street, Ward 17, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Opening hours: 7:00 – 23:00.
Prices: VND 30,000 – 50,000.
Pho Chu Tu restaurant specializes in Pho noodle soup with beef, it offers many choices of toppings including rare beef, beef brisket, tendon, fillet marrow bones, shank, bones, organ meat, eyes, tail, hooves, penis. A bowl of Pho with one kind of meat costs from VND 30,000 to 35,000. A bowl of Pho with mixed meat costs VND 50,000. Prices are not too high. In addition, the restaurant also serves Vietnamese beef stew with bread or clear rice noodles (Hủ tiếu) which costs VND 35,000 and Beef hot pot that costs from VND 150,000. Corn milk and lotus seed milk are recommended to try.
Soup Cake with Snakehead at 177 Banh Canh Ca Loc Bot Gao
Location: 177 Phan Van Han Street, Ward 17, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Opening hours: 10:30 – 20:30.
Prices: VND 25,000 – 30,000.
Soup Cake with Snakehead at this restaurant originated in Hai Lang, Quang Tri Province, Central Vietnam. A portion of Soup cake with snakehead costs VND 30,000 consists of a bowl containing thick rice noodles called “sợi bánh canh”, rich broth, lots of chopped green onions, snakehead flesh, fish cake, a plate of vegetables and a small glass of tea. Customers can order more snakehead flesh and snakehead head.
Location: 1 Phan Van Han Street, Ward 17, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.
Opening hours: 11:00 – 22:00.
Prices: VND 23,000 – 30,000.
Steamed roll (Bánh cuốn) is not as famous as Pho and Banh mi but it is a worth-trying Vietnamese food. Fillings made from pork and wood ears are wrapped in very thin steamed rice sheets cooked in a special steamer with a cloth by experienced and skillful chefs, served with toppings and fish sauce dips. The toppings include Vietnamese pork rolls, Cinnamon pork pate, Fried prawn cakes vegetables. A portion of steamed roll and all kinds of toppings costs only VND 30,000.
Crab noodle soup, Noodle Soup, Pho
If Saigon people would like to find something cheap and hot, with rich broth, tender and a little chewy rice noodles, vegetables, meat or crab, they can go to a no-name restaurant on Phan Van Han Street. This restaurant serves Crab noodle soup (Bún riêu), Noodle soup (Canh bún), Pho beef noodle soup. Although the restaurant is small, it is rather clean and the foods are good.
In addition, Phan Van Han has a large number of food stalls on the street. They sell Mung bean coated steamed sticky rice, Sticky rice with black beans, Grilled egg, Fried fish balls, Thai crepe, Clear rice noodle soup.
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