Top Dishes at Ben Thanh Market
Bloating fern-shape cake, fried scramble egg rice cake, crab noodle soup and sweet soup are delicious foods shouldn’t be missed at Ben Thanh market – one of the most famous and oldest markets in the city. Let’s learn more about these Top Dishes at Ben Thanh Market.
1. Mixed Hue Cakes (Banh Hue)
Bloating fern-shape cake (banh beo), rice pancake with shrimp and pork (banh nam), clear rice dumpling with shrimp and cake (banh bot loc), sticky rice round dumpling (banh it tran) are specialty foods in Central Vietnam. You can order a set of all kinds of these cakes at West or East Gate of the market. The cakes are served on a plate with some deep-fried onion, ground dry small shrimp, beef pie herbs and fish sauce dip.
2. Fried Scramble Egg Rice Cake (Bot Chien)
Located at a corner in the opposite of East gate of Ben Thanh market, the fried scramble egg rice cake stall is always crowded with a line of people waiting for their favorite food. To make fried scramble egg rice cake, the cook fry steamed rice cube on a pan until it’s crispy and put egg at last. This food is served with soybean sauce dip, chili paste, chopped green onion and oil and pickled papaya.
3. Rice Noodle Soup with Macerated Fish and Shrimp (Bun Mam)
The 40-year-old stall serving bun mam in the opposite of East Gate is one of the best places to eat rice noodle soup with macerated fish and shrimp in Saigon. Rice noodle soup with macerated fish and shrimp’s broth is cooked from macerated fish and shrimp so that it has a special, strange and unique flavor. Rice noodle and broth are served with fresh toppings such as snakefish, shrimp, roasted pork, fish pie. A plate of vegetables (knotgrass, yellow velvetleaf, salad…) and Tamarind Dipping Sauce aren’t be missed. It’s worth every bite.
4. Crab Noodle Soup (Bun Rieu)
Both crab noodle soup and rice noodle soup with macerated fish and shrimp have origin in Mekong Delta. While rice noodle soup with macerated fish and shrimp’s broth is cooked from macerated fish and shrimp, smelling and flavorful crab noodle soup’s broth is cooked from ground crab from rice fields and lakes. Although the broth is the soul of this food, toppings (tomato, morning glory, pork pie, deep-fried tofu…) and vegetables make bun rieu a perfect dish ever. The bun rieu stall which is in the opposite of East Gate of Ben Thanh market serves you one of the best bun rieu in the city.
5. Vietnamese Sweet Soup
There is a 40-year-old sweet soup stall at the 7th gate of Ben Thanh market which serves many kinds of Vietnamese Sweet Soup from Mekong Delta. Colorful and tasty banana, corn, various beans, taro, jelly at the stall can make you mouth-watering. Sweet Soups can be served hot or cold. There’s no better choice to eat these amazing desserts after the main dishes at the market.
If you have a chance to be in Saigon, you should enjoy these Top Dishes at Ben Thanh Market on your first day in this city. It’s a good start in the multicultural Ho Chi Minh city with lots of cultural parts and foods to learn and a wide range of activities to do.
Eating Saigon is a great thing to do on your trip. How to eat the city to its fullest? It is easy to eat at fine dining restaurants which are for rich people or tourists. However, the real Saigon is at local restaurants which are favorite places of many Saigon people. Finding and reaching good local restaurants outside of District 1 sometimes is difficult for foreigners. A Saigon Food Tour is a great choice to immerse into the city life, enjoy all the exotic foods with your tour guides as friends.
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