Top foods for dinner in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City has hundreds of foods to eat and visitors have a wide range of choices for dinner. I would like to recommend the top foods for dinner in this food paradise as follows:

Vietnamese bread

Vietnamese bread (Vietnamese sandwich, Banh mi) is the most famous Vietnamese street food. It is a perfect choice for your dinner thanks to the cheap price, great taste and rich nutrition. It is recommended to buy Banh mi at Banh mi shops of well-known brands including Bánh Mì Hà Nội, Bánh Mì Tuấn Mập, Bánh Mì Má Hải. At these places, a Banh mi costs from VND 15,000 – 20,000 (less than USD 1). The top Banh mi shops in the city include Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa at 26 Le Thi Rieng Street, District 1 and Bánh Mì Hồng Hoa at 54 Nguyen Van Trang Street, District 1. Prices at these old-standing shops are from VND 25,000 (~ USD 1) to VND 40,000 (~ USD 1.75). For your information, a delicious Vietnamese sandwich should have a crispy crust, buttery pattee, special sauce, and fillings made from fresh ingredients.

Banh mi - Top foods for dinner in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese bread is filled with pattee, cucumber, coriander, carrot and daikon pickles, “chả” made from pork, beef.

Grilled pork rice noodles salad

This salad consists of rice noodles, cucumber juliennes, bean sprouts, grilled pork, peanuts, green onion oil, sometimes fried rolls. To eat, mix the food with sweet-sour fish sauce. In Ho Chi Minh City, a portion of  Grilled pork rice noodles salad costs from VND 30,000 (~ USD 1.25). Bún Thịt Nướng Chị Tuyền at 175C Co Giang Street, District 1 is one of the top places to eat this food in Saigon.

Grilled pork rice noodles salad

Grilled pork rice noodles salad.

Crab soup cake

If you would like to eat something consisting of hot broth, rice noodles and seafood, Crab soup cake is a great choice. You can choose a combination of toppings including whole crabs, crab cakes, shrimps, scallops. A bowl of Crab soup cake at 215 Tran Binh Trong Street, District 5 costs from VND 45,000 (~ USD 2).

Crab soup cake - Top foods for dinner in Ho Chi Minh City

Crab soup cake has a vicious broth and thick noodles.

Broken rice with grilled pork

Broken rice with grilled pork consists of broken rice which is two or three times smaller than normal rice, grilled pork chop, cucumber, pickled carrots and daikons, sweet-sour fish sauce. Some Westerners and Americans are not familiar with eating rice but I think that you will love this food – one of the most popular foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Saigon. A portion of Broken rice with grilled pork costs from VND 25,000. I would like to recommend to eat at Cơm Tấm Bụi, 100 Thach Thi Thanh Street, District 1. The price at this restaurant is from VND 50,000 (~ USD 2,25).

Broken rice - Top foods for dinner in Ho Chi Minh City

Broken rice, topped with grilled pork, daikon and carrot pickles, cucumber and scallion oil.

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