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Eating Ho Chi Minh City: 5 Must-Have Foods in Ho Chi Minh City

Here are five incredibly delicious reasons for you to start planning a trip to Ho Chi Minh City this very instant.

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Eating Ho Chi Minh City: 5 Must-Have Foods in Ho Chi Minh City

Here are five incredibly delicious reasons for you to start planning a trip to Ho Chi Minh City this very instant.

While the nation of Vietnam is loved by many for a variety of reasons, it is probably best-known throughout the world for its cuisine. Often described as being unique and complex, Vietnamese cuisine is acclaimed for boasting a range of flavours and textures that make the process of eating it an experience to remember.

That, and also for having names which have delightfully intriguing pronunciations.

Naturally, no one makes Vietnamese food like the people of Vietnam, and where better to have a taste of authentic Vietnamese fare than in Ho Chi Minh City—or as it is sometimes referred to, Saigon? The region is, after all, known as one of Vietnam’s food empires!

To get a good taste of Ho Chi Minh City’s dining scene, especially in terms of street food, you could hop on a food bike tour like our host Amelia did below during her adventures with GOTravel, GOASEAN’s flagship television show.

However, if you prefer to make your way around Ho Chi Miny City on your own and discover culinary delights at your own pace, this piece is just what you need.

In this article, GOASEAN has compiled a list of some of Vietnam’s most prominent delicacies, along with recommendations on where they can be found in Ho Chi Minh City. Even if you are not already in this destination, some of the dishes you read about here may make you want to hop on the next flight there, so do take heed.

On that note, “Xin chào,” and ready yourselves for an appetite-teasing journey that is truly Vietnamese!

Phở is a classic example of the sometimes tricky nature of the name of Vietnamese dishes, often being wrongly pronounced as ‘foh’ instead of the actual ‘furh’

1. Bánh mì

Easily regarded as one of Vietnam’s most popular dishes, bánh mì commonly consists of a baguette—usually in a size that is meant for consumption by one person—that is sliced in half to house various fillings. One could call it Vietnam’s national sandwich, even. Popular fillings of this rich dish include pork slices, luncheon meat and liver pate.

WHERE: Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa
ADDRESS: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City

2. Phở

While it may be tricky to pronounce to some, there is no doubt that phở is one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes worldwide. Featuring noodles that are enveloped in a broth which is usually derived from chicken or beef bones, this dish is known for its usage of aromatic herbs and spices like star anise and ginger, giving it wonderful flavours and notes.

WHERE: Phở Phú Vương
ADDRESS: 339 Lê Văn Sỹ, 1, Tân Bình, Hồ Chí Minh City

3. Bún bò Huế

Known for its distinctive lemongrass flavour, bún bò Huế is a noodle dish that originates from the Vietnamese city of Huế. Usually made using rice vermicelli, it is celebrated largely for delicate its balance between notes of sourness, sweetness, spiciness and saltines, and commonly features beef as its primary meat component.

WHERE: Bún Bò Gánh
ADDRESS: 110 Lý Chính Thắng, Phường 8, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh City

4. Bún chả

Building on the love that Vietnamese people have for noodle dishes is bún chả, a delicacy that consists mainly of rice vermicelli, slices of grilled pork and a unique dipping sauce that features some of Vietnam’s favourite ingredients—such as fish sauce, rice vinegar and chili. It is usually paired with vegetables, and some herbs and spices for extra doses of flavour.

WHERE: Bún chả 145
ADDRESS: 145 Bùi Viện, Phạm Ngũ Lão, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City

5. Vietnamese Drip Coffee

When in Ho Chi Minh City, there is no better pick-me-up or drink to wash your meal down with than Vietnamese drip coffee. Famous for its robust flavour and strong aftertaste, this beverage also makes a refreshing treat when served cold as Vietnamese iced coffee—or cà phê đá, as locals call it.

WHERE: i.d café
ADDRESS: 34D Thu Khoa Huan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

But that’s not all! If you are one who has a fondness for unconventional eateries, you may wish to drop by Babo Coffee Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City. This pet cafe has a rather interesting take on its offerings, and we doubt Amelia will be forgetting her visit there anytime soon.

Why, you ask? Watch the video below—fresh from GOASEAN’s vault of clips on YouTube—to see for yourself.

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