Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is one of the cities which has tons of delicious foods in the country. Apart from the luxury dish, rural dishes attract more and more tourists. Here are Top Ten Snacks in Ho Chi Minh city that are delightful and cheap rural snacks in Saigon
1. Grilled Banana wrapped in Sticky Rice
Grilled Banana wrapped in Sticky Rice is a popular street food in South Vietnam. The banana is wrapped by steamed sticky rice, then it will be cooked on charcoal grill. The dish is the perfect mix of the sweetness of banana and the smell of coconut milk.
2. Saigon Sweet Soup
Saigon sweet soup is one of the famous snacks in Saigon. It is attractive by its smell and the natural ingredients. Sweet soup is usually served in a glass or small bowl.
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3. Rice Paper Salad
Rice paper salad is one of the top ten snacks in Ho Chi Minh city. The food is simple but it may make you addicted. Rice paper salad is made from rice paper, quail egg, many types of Vietnamese herbs, peanuts, dried beef, dried shrimp, papaya, special sauce… You just mix all of the ingredients into the bowl and stir together, the dish is ready.
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4. Vietnamese Pizza
What strange food! But that’s the way locals eat. Have you ever eaten the Vietnamese version of pizza? You can buy one from a street food stall. The pizza crust is a round rice paper which is thicker than normal rice paper wrapper and turns crispy when it is grilled. Toppings vary and can be any combination of sausage, dried squid, beef jerky, beans, dried acetes, fried onions, green onions, ground pork, cheese, butter, mayonnaise, etc.
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5. Nests Ear Cake
This cake is a favorite of many Saigon foodie. It’s originated from Mekong Delta, although the name is elegant, the recipe is very easy. The cockroach wings turn yellow color, crispy mold, soft body and is enough of sweetness make it unique.
6. Foods on a Stick
One barbecue skewer costs about 1USD so that you can pick a plate of different skewers like fish skewer, beef ball skewer, shrimp ball skewer, tofu skewer…
7. Fertilized Duck Egg
Fertilized duck egg is stirred with tamarind sauce, served with coriander is really an amazing dish for any locals. For tourists, this street food may be dangerous but give it a try and you will never regret!
8. Stir-fried corn
Hanoi people love to eat boiled corn, but Saigon people prefer stir-fried corn. The corn is braised with butter and dried shrimp, then you can eat it with chili ketchup.
9. Fresh Spring Roll
Fresh Spring Roll is a healthy dish with a cleansing mouthful of fresh vegetables. Let taste a roll with spicy peanut sauce!
10. Fried Banana
Fried Banana is a tasty and cheap street food. It is the favorite of Saigonese but you couldn’t eat so much because you will feel depressed. It is sold near schools, offices where students and officers love to eat snake at break time.
If you aren’t Saigon residents, don’t miss trying top ten snacks in Ho Chi Minh city. If you don’t know where to eat the best snacks, just join our Saigon food tour by motorbike. Our guide will drive you around the city to enjoy the sights and eat street foods.
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