Saigon people love to eat Steamed Sticky Rice (Xoi in Vietnamese). It ‘s one of the most popular street food in this dynamic city. Elders, children and adults eat this kind of food in the morning for breakfast, in the afternoon or in the evening. There is a Steamed Sticky Rice street with various choices, included special dishes that couldn’t be found anywhere else.
Steamed Sticky Rice Saigon can be divided into two main types: sweet and salty. The most popular sweet Xoi in Saigon are Xoi with Gac (Momordica cochinchinensis ), magenta plant juice, bean, durian and Steamed Black Sticky Rice. Their recipes are different, some are added shredded coconut meat, mix of sugar and peanuts, fried Vietnam purple onion or mix of oil and chopped green onion. Sweet Xoi is often eaten with sugar. Saigon people like eating Xoi with Gac, Xoi with durian taste especially good, Steamed Sticky Rice with bean is eaten along with steamed peeled mung bean, shredded coconut meat and sugar, Xoi with magenta plant juice is purple. People it this dish with mix of oil and chopped green onion, fried Vietnam purple onion. Other delicious Xoi such as Xoi from Young Green Rice, Xoi from corn could not be missed. Corn seeds are stewed with coconut milk. After being cooked well, the corn becomes soft and sticky. This Xoi is covered with steamed peeled mung bean, shredded coconut meat, salt and toasted sesame. It really tastes great.
Saigon people like eating Xoi with Gac – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Steamed Sticky Rice with Peanut – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Steamed Sticky Rice with Magenta Plant Juice – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Steamed Sticky Rice with Pandan Juice – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Black Steamed Sticky Rice – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Steamed Sticky Rice with Black Bean – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Mixed Steamed Sticky Rice – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Sweet Steamed Sticky Rice with coconut cream is popular in Saigon – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Steamed Sticky Rice with corn – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
This way of eating is popular in Saigon. If the dish does not include soup base, it is eaten with mix of oil and green onion.
Types of Steamed Sticky Rice with origins in the North like Xoi with Gac or Xoi from Young Green Rice are sold at many street food stalls on Saigon streets. To meet the taste of Southern people, more sugar are used.
The dish is based on Thai sticky rice, coconut milk, durian and palm sugar…The recipe isn’t difficult but the cook has to be clever and careful. The steamed sticky rice has to be sticky enough and the sauce has to be sweet and tastily rich. In Saigon Xoi Xiem is sold in China Town (District 5).
Savory Xoi is steamed sticky rice with chicken, Chinese sausage, quail eggs, Chinese meatball, pate, Vietnamese pork roll, mix of oil and chopped green onion, fried Vietnam purple onion… – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Steamed Sticky Rice with pork belly and mung bean paste or Xoi Khuc – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Vietnamese Steamed Sticky Rice is often sold next to schools in the morning and the evening. On the pavement of most schools in Saigon, you could find shoulder poles that sell Xoi to pupils. Various colorful sweet Xoi are sold on rolling metal carts. Driving along the street, you can feel the smell spreading in the air.
At crossroads of Suong Nguyet Anh and Cach Mang Thang Tam there is a shoulder pole that Xoi with chicken and Xoi from corn are sold. It’s said that the vendor has been sold Xoi since she was a young beautiful girl. For a long time, the taste hasn’t been changed. Xoi is wrapped by banana leaf but not paper or plastic bag.
The most famous Xoi restaurant in Saigon is located on Bui Thi Xuan street. Special dishes are Xoi with fried chicken, Xoi with chicken innards and Xoi with Gac.
Xoi with Gac is very tasty at this restaurant. You will love it at first bite.
Xoi is delicious and fast like Banh Mi. Saigon people are open and friendly. So that Xoi becomes abundant. That’s Steamed Sticky Rice Saigon – an important part of the culture of this old city.
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