What to Eat in Saigon as a real local foodie?
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Street food is an important part of Saigon. Some guests may be afraid of eating street food in Vietnam but it’s worth trying to eat on the street. Mother Nature gives us many fruits which are delicious and healthy which many foreigners may not have seen and tasted before. It’s a big chance for you to touch, smell, choose and buy many kinds of local fresh fruits yourself at the biggest fruit market in Ho Chi Minh city. Here is some advice about What to Eat in Saigon as a real local foodie:
- Grilled Girdle-cake (Vietnamese Pizza). Vietnamese pizza has won the heart of many people in Ho Chi Minh city with its delicious savory recipe in recent days. We use Vietnamese ingredients to make pizza in Vietnamese style: dried small shrimps, chili paste, quail eggs, spring onion, and fried ground pork… are put on rice paper and grilled on charcoal. It isn’t less delicious than Italian pizza.
- Vietnamese pancake (Sizzling Pancake). In Vietnamese, the name of Vietnamese pancake means “sizzling cake” for the sound the pancake batter makes while cooking. The cake is bright yellow that comes from turmeric powder. Its filling is made of shrimp, pork belly, bean sprouts, bean paste. To eat, wrap a piece of the Vietnamese pancake into a lettuce leaf with a few herbs and dip fish sauce. This simple and rural dish carries the flavor of the best offerings from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Come to Vietnam, it’s a big miss if you don’t try our traditional Sizzling Pancake.
- Soup cake (Bánh canh). A warm dish will be a great choice in the cool air at night. The Bánh Canh noodle is a thick type of Vietnamese noodles. This is one of the most popular foods in Saigon. You would love the chewy texture of the thick noodles in combination with a flavorful and rich soup.
- Vietnamese rice paper salad. This kind of salad is an addicting food that people of all ages want to eat more and more. Saigon street is full of shoulder poles, rolling metal carts, bicycles, street food stall that sell rice paper salad. The food is a mixture of rice paper strips, shredded green mango, shredded beef jerky, dried tiny shrimp, special sauce… Rice paper salad is sold in a plastic bag and eaten with chopsticks.
- Steamed Sticky Rice. The main ingredient of steamed sticky rice (Xoi), which are glutinous rice, black sticky rice or corn, is one of the oldest foods and most favorite dishes in Saigon. Xoi stalls are everywhere on Saigon streets and locals eat this food at any time during the day as breakfast or light meal. This food plays an important role in Vietnamese culture because it appears in every Tet festival, wedding Hung King’s festival…
- Fertilized Duck Eggs. If you are not afraid, let’s try eating Fertilized Duck Eggs which is one of the most favorite foods of Vietnamese people.
- Some special snail and seafood dishes (or Vietnamese food on a stick) with “Nhau” culture. I highly recommend this to travelers who would like to immerse himself into local life and learn more about unique culture and lifestyle. I will answer you Snail is the first in the list of What to Eat in Saigon as a real local foodie. Snail eating is an important part of Saigon culture. In the evening, Saigon people gather to eat delicious snail dishes (stir-fried mud creeper with coconut milk, dry stir-fried sweet snail with chili and salt, grilled garlic snail with fish sauce, spicy stir-fried gun snail with butter…) and other flavorful seafood dishes (grilled and steamed scallop, dry stir-fried ocean crab leg with chili and salt)… and drink famous Saigon beer. Delve into the world of “Nhau” in Saigon, you can eat, drink and have fun like locals. If you don’t like eating seafood, we will take you to a “Nhau” area where Saigon people love affair with food on a stick. There are a numerous variety of foods to stick such as “ho lo”, seafood, shrimp, jellyfish, fish ball, crab, squid teeth… We will grill foods on a stick ourselves on charcoal. What’s next? Just enjoy the amazing dishes, drink beer, have leisurely chat and see how people around us have fun.
- Vietnamese Crab Soup. If you love to eat egg drop soup, then you will like this tasty Vietnamese version, which is bulked up with tender, fresh crab, fresh veggies, chicken, quail egg and black pepper.
- Wonton. Let’s taste a Chinese dish in Saigon and learn more about Chinese cuisine. Wonton is the name given to a type of dumpling commonly found in a number of Chinese cuisines. Wontons stuffed with a mixture of pork and shrimp seasoned with sauce.
- Various Kinds of Traditional Vietnamese Sweet Soup (Chè). Sweet soup refers to any traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding. Vietnamese sweet soup is prepared with varieties of beans (mung beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans…), tubers, tapioca, jelly, fruits, glutinous rice, cooked in water and sweetened with sugar. Some sweet soup may also include dumplings such as Sticky rice dumplings with caramel ginger syrup. In southern Vietnam, sweet soup is often garnished with coconut creme. This is the top food in Ho Chi Minh city that any tourist shouldn’t miss. You will have a chance to taste various kinds of traditional Vietnamese sweet soup at the best sweet soup stall in Saigon.
- Young Coconut Jelly. This is a refreshing, delicious and healthy light sweet dessert in Saigon.
- Flan Cake. A soft and flavor cake with coffee and shaved ice.
- Fresh Seasonal Fruits. Fruit is one of the best foods in Vietnam. They appear on all streets and all markets. We will serve you some kinds of fruits that you may not have seen and taste before.
- Ice tea
- Mineral water
- Coconut water
- Sugarcane juice
Don’t tell me that you don’t know What to Eat in Saigon as a real local foodie after reading this post. You’re welcome to leave a comment and I’m willing to clear your question about any foods or eating places in Saigon. You can also join a Saigon Food Tour to enjoy the best foods at best places in Saigon with a friendly local guide.