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Ren and I are planning on going back soon and staying longer-term in Vietphái mạnh. Though we vày feel that Hanoi is the more liveable thành phố, there’s no question in our minds that the best food in Vietphái mạnh is in Saigon. Hanoi has my beloved bun cha and ca phe trung but overall, we prefer the food in Saigon.

We published the first edition of this Saigon food guide in 2017 và it listed ten eateries. Ten wasn’t nearly enough lớn bởi vì this delicious city justice, so we recently went baông chồng khổng lồ Vietphái nam to lớn finish what we started.

I spent a month in Vietphái nam & almost a week in Ho Chi Minc City looking for the tastiest restaurants, street food stalls, và cafes this thành phố had to lớn offer. The result is this new và improved guide featuring 25 of the best restaurants in Saigon.

If you’re visiting Ho Chi Minh City và enjoy traditional Vietnamese food as much as we do, then this Saigon restaurant guide will be very useful to you.


To help plan your trip to lớn Ho Chi Minc City, I’ve sầu compiled links khổng lồ hotels, tours, và other services here.


Top-rated hotels in Dictrict 1, the most convenient area lớn stay for people on their first trip khổng lồ Ho Chi Minc City.




Before you visit Ho Chi Minc City, be sure khổng lồ check out our detailed Saigon travel guide. It’ll have sầu all the information you need – lượt thích where lớn stay, how lớn get around, which cafes lớn visit, etc. – khổng lồ help you plan your trip.

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I relied on local recommendations, food shows, restaurant nhận xét sites, & trusted Saigon food blogs khổng lồ come up with this danh mục of the best street food stalls & restaurants in Ho Chi Minch City.

In the case of some Vietnamese dishes like banh mi & pho, it wasn’t enough lớn eat them just once so we visited multiple restaurants specializing in that dish.

A danh mục of 25 Ho Chi Minc City restaurants can be time-consuming lớn go through so I’ve sầu grouped them by dish to lớn help keep this guide organized & easy to digest. Click on a liên kết khổng lồ jump lớn our restaurant recommendations for that dish.


Banh mi is one of the best known & most beloved Vietnamese dishes. The term “banh mi”, in the strictest sense, refers to lớn bread but people often use it to describe the sandwich.

A small French baguette is split lengthwise and filled with an endless combination of ingredients like cold cuts, grilled meats, liver pate, cucumber slices, pickled vegetables, & cilantro. It’s a light sandwich that’s typically eaten as a snaông chồng.

1. Banh Mi Bay Ho

This was the banh mày stall recommended in the Vietphái mạnh episode of Street Food on Netflix. We’re huge fans of that series. Every episode does a deep dive into lớn the featured city’s local cuisine so we’re always confident that we can rely on their recommendations.


Netflix was right again with this one. The banh mi at Banh Mi Bay Ho wasn’t just delicious, it was also one of the cheapest I tried in Saigon.

The bread was nice & crusty on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. It had a good phối of ingredients in just the right amounts lớn highlight the real star of this dish – the bread.


A basket of what in my opinion is the heart & soul of any sandwich. To me, it almost doesn’t matter how good your fillings are. If your bread is subpar, then your sandwich will be subpar. Like every banh mi shop on this menu, the bread at Banh Mi Bay Ho is exceptional.


The Banh Mi Bay Ho stall is located in District 1, just a few blocks east of Le Van Tam Park.

Banh Mi Bay Ho

Address: 19 Huỳnh Khương Ninch, Đa Kao, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minc, VietnamOperating Hours: 6AM-9PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND 15,000 per banh mi

2. Banh Mi Huynh Hoa

Google “best banh ngươi in saigon” và many results will lead you lớn this place. It’s featured on many travel food shows & is on nearly every article listing the best restaurants in Saigon.

We learned about Banh Mi Huynh Hoa from the first episode of Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia. He called it his favorite banh mi stall in Ho Chi Minch City. Take a bite of their sandwiches và you’ll quickly understand why.


The banh ngươi at Banh Mi Huynh Hoa was indeed delicious, & as you can see in this picture, it was overflowing with ingredients.

I had banh ngươi multiple times everywhere in Vietnam & this sandwich was by far the most loaded. It was almost lượt thích eating an American hoagie.

We appreciated how stacked this banh mày was but personally, we prefer banh mi with slightly fewer ingredients.


Banh Mi Huynh Hoa is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee with a stellar 4.5-star rating. They’re one of the most popular restaurants in Saigon lớn have banh mày so you’re advised lớn arrive sầu early if you want to lớn avoid the long queues. But no worries, they have an assembly line of banh ngươi makers so the line does move fairly quickly.

Interestingly, Banh Mi Huynh Hoa is known by another name – Banh Mi O Moi – which basically translates to lớn “lesbian banh mi”. It’s owned by a lesbian couple who opened this stall over 30 years ago and originally staffed an all lesbian crew.

Based on what I’ve sầu read, people know it more as Banh Mi O Moi rather than its actual name, so if you’re lost & can’t find it, then just ask for “Banh Mi O Moi”.

Banh Mi Huynh Hoa

Address: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, P, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minc 700000, VietnamOperating Hours: 2:30-11PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Banh miWhat We Paid: VND 35,000 per banh mi

3. Banh Nam

Most of the restaurants & street food stalls we visit on our trips are vetted in advance, but we vì chưng allow ourselves moments of spontaneity. This was one of those moments.

We had just come from Mrs Truoc’s snail stall when we were hit with a craving for banh ngươi. We hopped on Google Maps và did a tìm kiếm for highly-rated banh ngươi places near us, which led us to this place – Banh Nam.

It seems lớn be a fairly new banh mi stall with a solid 4.1-star rating so we decided to lớn give them a try. We weren’t disappointed.

We asked the VPS for recommendations and he suggested we get the grilled chicken và the special banh ngươi. Pictured below is the grilled chicken.

The bread was nice & crusty and filled with a few slices of grilled chicken breast, pork floss, cilantro, cucumber, and mayonnaise. So simple but always delicious.


This was the special banh mày. I believe sầu it contained both grilled pork and chicken along with cilantro, cucumber slices, tomato lớn, onion, pepper, và some type of special sauce. This was good too but I preferred the simpler grilled chicken banh mi.


Banh Nam is located in District 1 just a short walk from Mrs Truoc’s snail stall. Mrs. Truoc was the woman featured on the Saigon episode of Street Food on Netflix.

Banh Nam

Address: 213 Bùi Viện, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minc, VietnamOperating Hours: 7:30AM-11PM, Sun-Thurs / 7:30AM-11:30PM, Fri-SatWhat to lớn Order: Grilled chicken, specialWhat We Paid: Between VND 23,000-41,000 per banh mi

4. Phuc Hai

Take a good look at this banh mày. Do you see anything special? If you said “crispy pork belly”, then you’d be right.

Known as banh mày heo tảo, what you’re looking at is banh mày made with roasted pork belly và the usual ingredients like cucumber, carrot, and cilantro.

Nice và fatty with crackingly crisp skin, it was absolutely delicious và perhaps the best banh ngươi we had in Saigon. If you lượt thích crispy pork belly, then you’re going to love the banh mày heo xoay at Phuc Hai.


It doesn’t seem like banh ngươi heo con quay is available at every banh ngươi stall so we specifically searched for one that had it. We found Phuc Hai near our serviced apartment in District 3.

They have a solid 4.8 rating from local reviewers on Google Maps và a respectable 7.4 on Vietnamese Reviews site foody.vn.

Do a few searches on foody.vn and you’ll see how chintzy Vietnamese reviewers tkết thúc lớn be. 7.4 was one of the higher overall scores I’ve sầu seen on that site.

Phuc Hai

Address: 3 Nguyen Thuong Hien, Ward 5, District 3, Hi Chi Minc City, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-9PM, dailyWhat to Order: Banh mi heo quayWhat We Paid: VND 17,000 per banh ngươi heo quay

5. Banh Mi Hoa Ma

Banh Mi Hoa Ma is another popular Saigon street food stall that’s featured on many blogs & travel food shows. Like Banh Mi Huynh Hoa, we learned about it from Luke Nguyen’s show.

They’re known for this beautiful pan of food called banh mi op la which consists of a baguette, two fried eggs, pate, an assortment of meats, and a side of pickled vegetables. Again, super simple but delicious & fun khổng lồ eat!

They also offer a similar version assembled in sandwich form but without the fried eggs. It’s called banh mày kep thit. But what this place is really known for is the banh mi op la so I suggest getting that.


Banh Mi Hoa Ma is one of the more popular restaurants in Saigon. They’re open only from 6-11AM so you’ll need lớn come early lest they run out of food.

As you can see below, there’s no indoor seating. Plastic tables và chairs are phối up in an alleyway by the side of a building. For me, this is what the Saigon street food experience is all about.


Here’s Ren digging into her perfectly baked baguette. Banh Mi Hoa Ma was just one of three Ho Chi Minh City restaurants we revisited from a few years ago.

Not only is the banh mày op la delicious, but it’s such so much fun eating it on the side of the road lượt thích this. Definitely a must-try Vietnamese food experience in Saigon!

Banh Mi Hoa Ma

Address: 53 Cao Thắng, Phường 3, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minc, VietnamOperating Hours: 6-11AM, dailyWhat to Order: Banh mày op laWhat We Paid: VND 52,000 for banh ngươi op la

6. Banh Mi Trang Thi

What an interesting find this was. I was walking lớn Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong for breakfast when I chanced upon this stall offering Turkish doner kebabs wrapped in Vietnamese banh ngươi.

They were shaving doner meat off a vertical rotisserie then stuffing them with vegetables & a sriracha-mayo-type sauce inlớn these triangle-shaped slices of bread.

I love Turkish cuisine & Vietnamese food so this interesting mashup was already enticing enough, but the crowd of locals waiting khổng lồ get takeout told me this place couldn’t be missed. They were right.

It looks like they have sầu an actual restaurant but this takeout stall only offers two options – regular and special. I don’t know what the difference is but I got the special version of the doner kebab banh mi.

The meat is smokey and juicy and stuffed in Vietnamese-style bread. It’s flatter than the typical baguette but it has a similar texture – crisp on the outside & crumbly on the inside.

The sandwich is tasty và unlượt thích any banh mày sandwich I’ve sầu ever had. If you want to have a different type of banh mày in Saigon, then you should definitely try Banh Mi Trang Thi.


Banh Mi Trang Thi is located in District 3. It’s a popular Saigon street food stall so be prepared for a wait. I must have waited at least twenty minutes to lớn get my banh mi.

Banh Mi Trang Thi

Address: 151 Trương Định, Phường 9, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minch, VietnamOperating Hours: 6:30AM-10:30PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: Doner kebab banh miWhat We Paid: VND 27,000-37,000 for a banh mi


Like banh mày, pho is a Vietnamese national dish. It’s a noodle soup that’s said lớn have sầu its roots in Nam Dịnh Province in northern Vietnam but it’s now enjoyed throughout the country.

Pho is typically made with four basic ingredients – a clear stock, rice noodles, meat (typically beef or chicken), và herbs.

7. Pho Le

When we visited Saigon two years ago, our Inspitrip tour guide and the owner of our homestay both recommended Pho Le to lớn us. Two locals recommending the same pho restaurant pretty much guaranteed that this place would be awesome, và it was.

It turned out khổng lồ be my favorite bowl of pho not just in Saigon, but in all the cities I visited in Vietnam giới.


I had pho many times at different restaurants in Hanoi and the broth in southern versions is sweeter than its northern counterparts. Another difference is that it’s served with bean sprouts and a much wider variety of fresh herbs.

If you like pho, then you should definitely eat at Pho Le. Their Vo Van Tan branch is in the same area as Bot Chien Dat Thanh, Com tam Tran Quy Cap, Ca Phe Do Phu, & Co Lieng so you can bởi a Saigon food crawl & visit all of these restaurants in one day.


Pho isn’t my favorite type of noodle soup in Vietphái mạnh but this bowl of pho thap cam – served with beef tendon, meatballs, and brisket – was the best damn pho I’ve ever tasted.

The broth was extremely flavorful & delicious. Plus, I enjoyed all the fresh greens that you could freely add to lớn your bowl.


Pho Le has two restaurants in Saigon. Pictured below is the branch along Nguyen Trai Street in District 5. This is the branch we visited on our most most recent trip.


This is their second branch on Vo Van Tan Street. Both branches are TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardees with a 4.5-star rating.

Pho Le

Address: 415 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường 7, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minc, VietnamOperating Hours: 6AM-1AM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: PhoWhat We Paid: VND 70,000-80,000 per bowl of pho

8. Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong

Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong was the pho restaurant featured on Street Food on Netflix. Judging by how busy it is, this has lớn be one of the most famous restaurants in Ho Chi Minc City.

The large cafeteria-like space was packed with locals enjoying pho for breakfast at around nine in the morning.


I had the beef pho and as expected, it was delicious – clean-tasting with soft và silky rice noodles. I had already devoured a banh mi from Banh Mi Trang Thi but I blitzed through this bowl anyway. Eating it with the crunchy raw bean sprouts & fresh greens is so enjoyable.


Here’s a closeup of the beef with pho rice noodles. Personally, I preferred Pho Le but Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong wasn’t far behind.


Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong is located in District 3. They have sầu a 4.5-star rating on TripAdvisor with just a handful of review, but they vị have well over 2,300 on Google Maps giving them an average rating of 4.1 stars. When it comes lớn pho, this place really does seem to be one of the top restaurants in Saigon.

Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong

Address: 14/5Bis Kỳ Đồng, Phường 9, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, VietnamOperating Hours: 5AM-1:30AM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: PhoWhat We Paid: VND 57,000 for pho bo & nuoc mia


Bun thit nuong is one of our favorite Vietnamese dishes. It’s a dry noodle dish made with cold rice vermicelli noodles dressed in a nuoc cđắm đuối sauce (Vietnamese fish sauce) and topped with grilled pork, bean sprouts, pickled carrots, fresh herbs, roasted peanuts, và a deep-fried spring roll (phụ thân gio).

Though not exactly the same, it’s basically what bun thân phụ is known as outside of Hanoi.

9. Bun Thit Nuong Nguyen Trung Truc

We had one of our best meals in Saigon from this street food stall in District 1. We had just come from Saigon’s famed Cafe Léman Luxury Apartments when we were struông xã with a serious craving for bun thit nuong.

We hopped on Google Maps và it led us lớn this Saigon food stall grilling pork on the sidewalk – Bun Thit Nuong Nguyen Trung Truc.


This place only makes bun thit nuong và they make it exceptionally well. As described, this was delicious & one of the most enjoyable meals we had in Ho Chi Minc City.


Here’s a closer look at that delicious grilled pork. Like many traditional Vietnamese dishes, bun thit nuong is a perfect balance of flavor and texture. Sweet, savory, smokey, crunchy, nutty, spicy, và a little sour, this dish has everything. It’s so so good.


Bun Thit Nuong Nguyen Trung Truc is popular & gets crowded at noon. Most of the customers were office workers on their lunch break but there were a few tourists like us who probably stumbled upon the place by chance.

Based on what I’ve sầu read, Nguyen Trung Truc is one of the best and most famous street food stalls in Saigon lớn have sầu bun thit nuong.

Bun Thit Nuong Nguyen Trung Truc

Address: 1 Đường Nguyễn Trung Trực, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minc, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-5PM, Thurs-Sun, Tues / 10AM-8:30PM, Mon / 24 hrs, WedWhat to lớn Order: Bun thit nuongWhat We Paid: VND 46,000 per bowl of bun thit nuong

10. Bun Thit Nuong Kieu Bao

This was one of the stops on my Saigon motorxe đạp tour with Saigon on Motorbike. According lớn my tour guide, Kieu Bao is a bun thit nuong restaurant that’s popular with locals.

Their bun thit nuong was indeed delicious but I didn’t find it khổng lồ be quite as good as Nguyen Trung Truc’s. As you can tell from the picture below, the meat wasn’t as juicy and the cha gio not as delicate. Still, it was very good & worth a visit if you’re in the area.


Bun Thit Nuong Kieu Bao seems lớn have sầu several branches scattered throughout Saigon. My guide took me khổng lồ the branch on De Tđắm đuối Street in District 1.

Bun Thit Nuong Kieu Bao

Address: 139 Đường Đề Thám, Phường Cô Giang, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 11AM-9PM, dailyWhat to Order: Bun thit nuongWhat We Paid: VND 26,000 per bowl of bun thit nuong


Com tam means “broken rice” while suon nuong refers lớn a marinated charcoal-grilled pork chop. Together, com tam suon nuong refers lớn a dish of broken rice topped with a grilled pork chop.

This type of rice is called “broken rice” because it’s made with fragments of rice grains that were broken either in the field, during drying, during transport, or by milling.

I haven’t eaten it enough khổng lồ really notice the difference but people have described it as being nuttier than regular rice, almost like risotkhổng lồ.

11. Com Tam Tran Qui Cap

The same tour guide that recommended Pho Le to lớn us also led us lớn this place. According to lớn him, Com Tam Tran Quy Cap has a reputation for being one of the top restaurants in Saigon to have broken rice.

It’s been open for decades and was a favorite of both his father và grandfather. Three generations of Saigon locals telling you khổng lồ go somewhere is advice you don’t ignore.

I’m happy we didn’t because this plate of broken rice with a grilled pork chop was one of the best meals we had in Saigon. The pork chop was delicious – savory sweet & exceedingly tender. Before this meal, I had no idea pork chop could be this good. I was blown away.


Com Tam Tran Qui Cap is located in District 3, not far from a few other restaurants on this list. You can refer to lớn the maps at the bottom of this post khổng lồ see its exact location.

Com Tam Tran Qui Cap

Address: 260 Võ Văn Tần, phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-9PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Com tam suon nuongWhat We Paid: VND 65,000 per order of com tam suon nuong

12. Ca Phe Do Phu

This cafe is one of the most fascinating places on this các mục. Like Bun Thit Nuong Kieu Bao, it was one of the stops on my Saigon night tour with Saigon on Motorbike.

But we didn’t stop here to lớn eat or have sầu coffee. I’ll explain why below but Ren và I went back khổng lồ this Saigon coffee shop a few days later to have sầu their com tam suon nuong, which my guide described as one of his favorites in Saigon.

Aside from the grilled pork chop, Ca Phe Do Phu gives you the option of adding a fried egg, shreds of pork skin, & stuffing lớn your meal.

I wanted the works but they were out of stuffing so I settled for the pork skin & fried egg. It was delicious with a wonderful medley of flavors và textures, but not quite as good I thought as Com Tam Tran Qui Cap.


But regardless of the pork chop, you should definitely kiểm tra out Ca Phe Do Phu because it offers so much more than just good broken rice and coffee.


When you first walk into the cafe, you’d think it were just a coffe with a quirky vintage theme but everything on display here has historical value.

My guide took me on a tour of the cà phê and explained lớn me that it used khổng lồ be the home of a Viet Cong supporter. This house played a significant role in the Vietphái mạnh War.


If you didn’t know the history of the house, then you’d never realize that beneath the floor is an underground bunker accessible through this trap door.

My guide told me that the owner used to lớn hold secret meetings here with members of the Viet Cong. He’d hide weapons & artillery in secret rooms like this one, even providing refuge to soldiers & officers wanted by the Americans.


Go through the trap door and you’ll find this bunker with a cache of weapons và uniforms. And this bunker is just the beginning.

My guide would take me through secret ladders và passageways that the Viet Cong could use as escape routes in the event that their secret meetings were discovered.

I explored the house on a guided tour but Ca Phe Do Phu’s owners will let you explore the house on your own for không lấy phí. You can check out my Saigon night tour video to see clips of these secret passageways.

If you have sầu a particular interest in the Vietphái mạnh War or just want to see something different, then you should kiểm tra out Ca Phe Do Phu. It’s definitely one of the most interesting coffe restaurants in Saigon.

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Ca Phe Do Phu

Address: 72 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minch, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-10PM, dailyWhat to Order: Com tam suon nuongWhat We Paid: VND 30,000-45,000 for com tam suon nuong


Our Vinc Kkhô cứng Street experience from two years ago was one of the things that really turned us on khổng lồ Saigon’s street food.

Nicknamed “Seafood Street”, Vinh Kkhô nóng is a colorful street in District 4 that’s filled with street food stalls on either side selling different types of seafood & snails. We love sầu snails which is why we enjoyed District 4 so much.

Vinc Khanh khô may be the perfect place in Saigon to lớn have sầu a snail feast, but it isn’t the only place you can go to. In fact, street food stalls selling snails & seafood are ubiquitous in Saigon.

The fact that you can find them pretty much anywhere is one of the reasons why we think Saigon is one of the best food cities in Vietnam giới.

13. Oc Loan

I love seafood so I wanted to have sầu a seafood street food feast on my first night in Saigon. We were staying in District 3 so I wanted khổng lồ find a good restaurant that I could easily walk khổng lồ. Google Maps led me khổng lồ Oc Loan, a hidden street food stall at the end of this dark alley.

With hardly any people around, I was a bit nervous khổng lồ go through at first but I’m so glad I did. Because waiting for me at the end of this alleyway was a seafood feast that would perfectly encapsulate the Saigon street food experience.


Walk through the dark alleyway và you’ll eventually get to this row of street food stalls selling all kinds of seafood. This, for me, is what Saigon street food is all about.


Oc Loan is just one of many street food stalls here. I chose it because of its positive sầu Reviews on Google Maps.


A bowl of mud creepers cooked in coconut milk. We had these at Oc Oanh along Vinch Kkhô cứng Street two years ago. They’re delicious & a popular snail dish ahy vọng locals.


Snails & clams grilling over charcoal.


I asked my hệ thống for recommendations & one of the dishes he suggested was this tasty clam soup made with leeks và lemongrass.


He also recommended these jumbo oysters smothered in a cheese sauce. Aside from these two dishes, I had another clam dish as well as stir-fried noodles with morning glory. Everything was delicious.

Oc Loan

Address: 174/41 Nguyễn Thiện Thuật, Phường 3, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, VietnamOperating Hours: 9AM-9PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: Seafood, snailsWhat We Paid: VND 230,000 for two clam dishes, oysters, and noodles with morning glory

14. Oc Oanh

This was the restaurant that blew us away two years ago. We asked Inspitrip to lớn take us to lớn some of the best Saigon street food stalls & this was one of the places they took us lớn.

Located along Vinh Kkhô cứng Street, there are many street food stalls on this strip but Oc Oanh is clearly one of the most popular. Luke Nguyen featured this place as well on the second episode of Street Food Asia. We enjoyed this place so much that we wound up eating here twice on consecutive nights.


One of the things that Vinc Kkhô giòn Street is known for are its snail dishes. According to our guide, sea snails are popular aước ao the Vietnamese but they’re difficult to prepare at home page, which is why nearly every restaurant on this strip serves them. Pictured below is a dish of snails cooked with chili salt.


These are the same mud creepers cooked in coconut milk I showed you earlier. You eat them with lime salt, chili, & fresh greens. They’re delicious.


This looks lượt thích an oyster but it’s some type of large clam served in a cream sauce.


Aside from all the delicious Vietnamese food, what I loved most about Vinch Khanh Street was the atmosphere. You’re literally stuffing your face with delicious seafood while watching traffic whizz by.

When it comes to lớn seafood as street food, Oc Oanh is definitely one of the best restaurants in Saigon.

Oc Oanh

Address: 534 Đường Vĩnh Khánh, phường 10, Quận 4, Hồ Chí Minch, VietnamOperating Hours: 1PM-12MN, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Seafood, snailsWhat We Paid: About VND 400,000 for a seafood feast for two with beers

15. Mrs Truoc’s Snail Stall

Mrs. Truoc was the vendor featured on Street Food on Netflix. Each episode features several eateries in every city but there’s always one main storyline. Mrs Truoc & her struggle to succeed in the street food business was the main storyline in the Vietnam giới episode.

Among muốn all the restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City we had on our itinerary, this was the one we were most excited about.

Mrs. Truoc’s stall is located in this alley in District 1. It isn’t that easy khổng lồ find so be sure lớn refer to this maps to see exactly where it is. We went khổng lồ the completely wrong neighborhood on our first attempt but thankfully, we found it on our second.


If you watched the show, then you may remember that Mrs. Truoc knew how khổng lồ make just one snail dish – her father’s recipe for mud creepers.

At the time of our visit, her repertoire has expanded khổng lồ about six snail dishes and just as many clam dishes. We wanted a snail feast so we ordered four plates of snails and one clam dish.

Looking at her menu, it appears as if each type of snail or clam can be prepared in two or three ways. We didn’t really know what to lớn get so we let our server decide.


Some snails species are so small that you’ll need to lớn pry them out using safety pins. The larger snails can be fished out using a small two-pronged fork.

Some snails were grilled with pepper, others were fried with garlic or tamarind. Everything we had was delicious.


As tasty as the snails were, they aren’t very filling so we ordered one clam dish for variety và khổng lồ help fill us up. I believe sầu these were steamed with chili.


Here’s Mrs. Truoc busily filling out orders for dine-in customers và for takeout. After learning about her struggles on the show, it was nice lớn see her stall thriving.


Table after table of happy customers dining on Mrs. Truoc’s snails. Because of the show’s popularity, I was expecting to find more foreigners but we were the only ones there. It looks as if the stall was already popular with locals even before it was featured on Street Food. Awesome!

Mrs Truoc’s Snail Stall

Address: 169 Cô Bắc, Phường Cô Giang, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minch, VietnamOperating Hours: 10AM-2PM, Mon-Fri (closed Sat-Sun)What to Order: Snails, clamsWhat We Paid: VND 25,000 per snail dish


16. Cha Ca La Vong

If you’ve been to lớn Hanoi, then you may recognize this place. It’s an iconic restaurant that’s credited for popularizing cha ca – a delicious dish of grilled turmeric-marinated catfish served with a mini-forest of fresh dill.

The original restaurant still exists in Hanoi today, though based on its lukewarm Đánh Giá, it’s best days may be behind it. Not so with this restaurant in Ho Chi Minch City.

If you’ve sầu tried this dish in Hanoi, then you’ll know how good it is. Not only is it tasty, but it’s one of the most visually appealing dishes we’ve sầu had in Vietphái nam.

A mountain of forest green dill is heaped onkhổng lồ a frying pan with golden orange nuggets of breaded catfish. It’s pan-fried on your table using a small burner, so you can hear it sizzling & popping as it cooks. It’s so incredibly appetizing.


I’m not sure if they use the same fish in Saigon but thân phụ ca is typically made with hemibagrus catfish, a genus of catfish caught in the rivers of northern Vietphái mạnh.

It’s sliced into lớn matchbox-sized nuggets then marinated in galangal, turmeric, and other spices before being grilled. It’s then brought out to pan fry on your table with spring onions and dill.

When cooked, the fish nuggets are served with rice vermicelli, roasted peanuts, coriander, and a nuoc cđắm đuối (fish sauce) dipping sauce. If you like, you can also add a bit of mam tom which is a pungent dip made with Vietnamese shrimp paste & lime juice.

The fish is tender và flaky on the inside with a slightly charred, caramelized coating. The grilling process gives it smokiness while the dill imparts a wonderful aroma to lớn the dish. It’s so damn good.


As described, phụ vương ca is a dish associated with Hanoi but if you want to try it in Saigon, then there’s no better place to lớn have sầu it than at Cha Ca La Vong. It’s pricier compared to lớn other traditional Vietnamese dishes but worth it. The Saigon restaurant is located in District 3.

Cha Ca La Vong

Address: 3-5 Hồ Xuân Hương, Phường 6, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minc, VietnamOperating Hours: 11AM-2PM, 5-10PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: Cha caWhat We Paid: VND 180,000 per person

17. Co Lieng

Finding a good bo la lot place was one of our priorities on this trip, và thanks to lớn the Saigon episode of Somebody Feed Phil, we found it. In the episode, Phil’s guide Simon introduces hlặng lớn bo la lot which he describes as his favorite dish.

Bo la lot is a traditional Vietnamese dish made with seasoned beef that’s wrapped in lolot or betel leaves before being grilled over charcoal.

Resembling cigars, they’re typically garnished with roasted peanuts và chopped green onion & served with a side of Vietnamese rice paper, lettuce, pickled vegetables, và a nuoc cmê mệt (fish sauce) dipping sauce.


To eat, you wrap the beef “cigar” in a sheet of Vietnamese rice paper with the vegetables then roll it up.


Bo la lot has a good balance of flavor và texture. The beef is smokey & a bit medicinal in taste from the betel leaves while the vegetables impart freshness and crunch. Smokey, sweet, sour, savory, spicy, crunchy, and a little bitter, this dish has it all and goes very well with beer.


Co Lieng is located in District 3, just a bloông xã away from Pho Le.

Co Lieng

Address: 321 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minc, VietnamOperating Hours: 8AM-11PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Bo la lotWhat We Paid: VND 97,000 for bo la lot và beers

18. Bot Chien Dat Thanh

This was one of the restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City we visited with our Vietnamese food tour guide. According khổng lồ hyên, Dat Thanh hao is a local favorite known for their bot chien, which is a fried rice flour dish made with egg and served with a side of green papaya.


If you’re fond of Malaysian or Singaporean food, then this dish may be familiar to you. It’s similar lớn char koay kak in Malaysia or cnhị tow kueh (“carrot cake”) in Singapore.

But unlượt thích the Malaysian và Singaporean versions, bot chien doesn’t contain daikon radish. It’s made with cubed rice flour and tapioca starch that’s fried in lard with egg until golden brown và crisp.


Bot Chien Dat Thanh khô is located in District 3, along Vo Van Tan Street near several of the restaurants featured on this danh mục.

Bot Chien Dat Thanh

Address: 277 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minch, VietnamOperating Hours: 2-11PM, dailyWhat to lớn Order: Bot chienWhat We Paid: VND 26,000 per order of bot chien

19. Com Ga Xoi Mo Su Su

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Saigon. They serve sầu some of the best fried chicken we’ve ever tasted in our lives.

Like a few of the places on this danh sách, we learned about Com Ga Xoi Mo Su Su from the second episode of Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia.

If you’re wondering what this odd-looking contraption is, it’s the frying machine invented by the restaurant’s owner. At the flip of a switch, hot oil (around 180°C) would shower down from the top of the machine onkhổng lồ poached chicken wings or thighs. The oil would go through the screen và baông xã into lớn the pool below before being sent baông chồng up again.

He would leave the chicken under this waterfall of oil for a few minutes not necessarily lớn cook it, since it’s already been poached in a master stoông xã, but lớn supremely crisp up the skin.

It’s for this reason why his fried chicken is referred lớn as “waterfall chicken”. So cool!


This is the red rice they serve sầu with the fried chicken. Like the waterfall fryer, the owner built this machine khổng lồ automatically stir the rice so it doesn’t burn.

While we were having lunch, I noticed a workstation at the back of the siêu thị with disassembled gadgets like radtiện ích ios, computers, etc. It’s clear that this guy really likes lớn tinker with machines.


There’s no arguing with the results. You can tell from looking at this picture how delicately crisp that chicken skin is. And because it wasn’t deep-fried, it isn’t as oily.

It’s so damn good, especially when dipped in that secret dark homemade sauce. It’s savory sweet và very garlicky, kinda like soy sauce with teriyaki và oyster sauce, maybe some hoisin & other spices.


Com Ga Xoi Mo Su Su is located in District 3 fronting the river. It isn’t as easy to lớn get khổng lồ so you may want to book a Grab Bike or Car lớn this place.


Here’s the mad tinkering genius himself! This was taken on our first visit two years ago. Too bad he wasn’t there on our most recent stop.

Com Ga Xoi Mo Su Su

Address: 1067 Hoàng Sa, phường 11, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minc, VietnamOperating Hours: 10:30AM-9:30PM, dailyWhat khổng lồ Order: Com gaWhat We Paid: VND 42,000 per order of com ga

20. Xoi Ga Ut Map Number One

This xuyên or sticky rice stall was another restaurant we learned about from Luke Nguyen’s show. There are actually two stalls here almost right next khổng lồ each other, both with very similar names and both specializing in xuyên ga or steamed chicken with glutinous rice.

I was crawling through the Cu Chi Tunnels when Ren ate here so I didn’t get to try it. But according to her, it was delicious, with the notable flavor of fried shallots.


This cửa hàng has an interesting backstory. According to Luke, there was a street food vendor named BamMoy who would walk up & down this area selling Xôi Gà over fifty years ago. She became so popular that she eventually opened her own cửa hàng called Xoi Ga Number One.

Fast forward many years later and BamMoy is now in her nineties & has since passed on the business to one of her daughters. However, the other daughter wasn’t too happy about it so she opened her own stall a couple of doors down called Xoi Ga Ut Map Number One.

In his show, Luke advised would-be diners to go lớn the original, which is what Ren did. But for some reason, they seated her at the sister’s stall whilst serving her xuyên ga from the original siêu thị.

Not sure what that was all about but perhaps relations have sầu cooled between the two sisters over the years.

Xoi Ga Ut Map

Address: 21/19 Nguyễn Trung Trực, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minch, VietnamOperating Hours: 7AM-9PM, dailyWhat to Order: Xoi gaWhat We Paid: VND 15,000 per order of xuyên ga

21. Hu Tieu Breakfast Stall

This breakfast stall is located right next to our serviced apartment building – Babylon D3 (Booking.com | Agoda). I’m not even sure if this place has a name but they’d phối up metal tables và chairs on the side of the road every morning.

Every day we’d walk by this place và find every seat taken by locals slurping down delicious bowls of noodle soup before heading off khổng lồ work. A no name eatery flooded with locals is always a good sign so I had khổng lồ try it.

I’m so happy I did because this bowl of hu tieu with shrimp và egg was one of the best dishes I had in Saigon. It was so damn good.


From what I understvà, hu tieu is recognized as a breakfast dish with Cambodian roots. It’s prepared by moistening noodles with garlic oil then dressing them with a sticky brown sauce made with oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sugar.

The bowl is filled with a clear broth made from pork bones, dried squid, và sugar, & then seasoned with fish sauce. It’s then topped with a variety of meats lượt thích pork, duck, seafood, or offal.

I’m not sure if the Vietnamese version is prepared in exactly the same way but I had the soup version of this dish many times in the Mekong Delta region and loved it.

It quickly became one of my favorite noodle soup dishes in Vietphái mạnh. Based on what I’ve read, hu tieu became popular in Saigon & southern Vietphái mạnh in the 1960s.

This was my first time khổng lồ try the dry version of hu tieu which I enjoyed just as much as the soup. Every hu tieu soup I had in the Mekong Delta was topped with pork, but this one had shrimp và bits of what seemed lượt thích scrambled egg.

The shrimp was soft, succulent, and savory sweet while the egg imparted richness và creaminess. It was absolutely delicious.


This beef soup was delicious as well. The broth was flavorful and the cuts of beef were super tender. I don’t know if they always serve this with the dry hu tieu but I’m happy they gave sầu it lớn me.


This is what the stall looks like after they’ve sầu run out of food. Notice the folded up metal tables? You can see Babylon D3’s sign to lớn the left of the stall.

This place doesn’t seem to lớn show up on Google Maps but you can go khổng lồ the Babylon D3 serviced apartments khổng lồ find it. It’s in alley 136 near the corner of Vuon Chuoi Street. They only serve breakfast till they run out of food so be sure lớn get here as early as you can.

Hu Tieu Breakfast Stall

Address: Hem 136 Vườn Chuối, Phường 4, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minc, Vietphái nam (khổng lồ the right of Bablyon 3 chiều serviced apartments)Operating Hours: Mornings onlyWhat lớn Order: Hu tieu with shrimp and egg, beef soupWhat We Paid: VND 48,000 for hu tieu và beef soup

22. Vietphái mạnh House Restaurant

As you can probably tell by now, we’re fans of Luke Nguyen and his shows so we couldn’t visit Saigon without enjoying a meal at his restaurant.

As you can tell from this picture, Vietnam giới House is a fine dining restaurant in District 1 serving elevated interpretations of traditional Vietnamese dishes lượt thích cha gio & banh xeo.


Speaking of elevating a dish, we started with these fried lobster netted spring rolls which are Luke’s interpretation of cha gio or deep-fried spring rolls. They’re stuffed with lobster, prawn, và wood-ear mushrooms.


Like many fried Vietnamese dishes, these spring rolls are best enjoyed wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves & topped with pickled vegetables. These were delicious and perhaps my favorite dish from tonight’s meal.


This is Luke’s version of banh xeo made with crab, Iberiteo pork, and palm heart. Fancy!


For our main course, we had this delicious bowl of braised wagyu beef cheek in coconut juice, green pepper, carrot, and shallots.

Served with a banh mi baguette, the sauce was rich and flavorful và the beef cheek was so tender it practically dissolved in your mouth. So good!


Vietnam giới House Restaurant is located in District 1, just a short walk from Saigon’s famed Cafe Léman Luxury.

If you’re looking khổng lồ have a special meal in Saigon – one that doesn’t involve sầu sitting on plastic stools by the side of the road – then Luke’s restaurant is a good place to lớn consider. It’s a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee with a superb 4.5-star rating.

Vietphái nam House Restaurant

Address: 93-95, 97 Đồng Khởi, Street, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minc, VietnamOperating Hours: 11:30AM-3PM, 5:30-11PM, dailyWhat lớn Order: Fried lobster netted spring rolls, braised wagyu beef cheekWhat We Paid: VND 1,500,000 for two people

23. Sushi Ko

I wouldn’t normally add a sushi restaurant khổng lồ a Saigon restaurant guide but this place was recommended lớn us by our Inspitrip guide, the same local who led us khổng lồ Pho Le, Bot Chien Dat Tkhô giòn, Oc Oanh, & Com Tam Tran Qui Cap.

According to lớn him, Sushi Ko enjoys somewhat of a cult following amongst locals because it isn’t often that you see sushi sold as street food in Saigon. On top of that, they serve sầu very good sushi.

Sushi Ko is located along Vinch Kkhô cứng Street in District 4, just around the corner from Oc Oanh. We’ve been wanting khổng lồ eat here ever since we learned about it two years ago.


Sushi Ko has an extensive sầu thực đơn featuring fancy sushi rolls, sahingươi, & other Japanese dishes. They even have sầu anago here.

We started off with this beautiful Sushi Ko Special Maki roll made with different types of fish, cucumber, egg, avocabởi vì, & flying fish roe.


Pictured below is an unagi and avocavày maki.


We ordered this seaweed salad to lớn enjoy with our beer. They pop in your mouth and taste briny và a bit slimy, but in a good way.


If you think Sushi Ko is all about novelty, it isn’t. Seated two tables away from us was this group of Japanese businessmen who looked lượt thích they came straight from work.

Sushi Ko serves excellent sushi so if you’re in the mood for Japanese food in Saigon – in a space that isn’t lượt thích your typical Japanese restaurant – then you may want lớn check out Sushi Ko. It’s along Vinc Kkhô hanh Street so it would make a great stop on a District 4 Saigon food crawl.

Sushi Ko

24. Minc Chau

Gio Cha Minh Chau is a Saigon takeout stall selling different kinds of traditional Vietnamese food products. We asked our homestay host what Vietnamese delicacies we could bring trang chính & she suggested thân phụ lua or Vietnamese pork sausage. What I’m holding here is a half kilo worth of phụ thân lua.


Cha lua or gio lua is made with lean pork, potalớn starch, garlic, ground blaông xã pepper, and nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce). The pork is pounded until it becomes pasty before being seasoned with spices & fish sauce.

It can’t be chopped or ground since that would leave sầu the meat fibrous, dry, và crumbly. Achieving a springy texture is key which is why the pounding process is important. The mixture is then wrapped tightly in banamãng cầu leaves inkhổng lồ a cylindrical shape và boiled.

Pictured below is a dish topped with cha lua. It’s already cooked so you just need to lớn quickly slice & pan fry it before eating.

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As described, the texture is a bit gummy and chewy & reminiscent of a firmer fish cake. I loved it và wished we had brought baông xã more than just half a kilo. If you like SPAM or other processed meats, then you’re going lớn love sầu phụ thân lua.