Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam sure has captivated the world with its rich and appetizing food as much as its neighbor Thailand.

I Eat, Therefore I Am.


Past and present coexist in Vietnam. Bordering China to its North and Laos to its West, Vietnam possesses diverse culture like no other.

Although an aching memory of the Vietnam War may first come into mind, the country frequently ranks as the best Southeast Asian country to travel among experienced backpackers. Today, I invite you to authentic Vietnamese foods in Ho Chi Minh City.

Motorcycles lining bumper to bumper and ear-deafening horns may appear hostile to novice travelers and hastily conclude to leave the place ASAP.

However, it doesn’t take long to find its own order and harmony in the midst of the chaos. If that odd charm isn’t enough, cheap local food will definitely bewitch you to stay longer at this chaotic, disordered city.

Local Street Foods of Ho Chi Minh City.


Motorcycles lining bumper to bumper and ear-deafening horns may appear hostile to novice travelers and hastily conclude to leave the place ASAP. However, it doesn’t take long to find its own order and harmony in the midst of the chaos.

If that odd charm isn’t enough, cheap local food will definitely bewitch you to stay longer at this chaotic, disordered city.

Not to mention Ho Chi Minh City, but anywhere in Vietnam, those who visit the country must try the taste that captivated billions of people over the globe—Pho, or Vietnamese noodle soup. Broth made of either chicken or beef added to chewy white rice noodle, fresh vegetables, and a slice of lime garnish completes a bowl of art called Pho.

Both Pho bo (beef Pho) and Pho ga (chicken Pho) are loved universally regardless of nationality or race. Not to mention, its affordable price adds to its excellency.

Ho Chi Minh has a tropical climate all year long that triple cropping for a year allows a variation of dishes made of rice. Especially, Vietnamese Spring Roll wrapped in transparent rice paper called Banh Tang stuffed with veggies, meat, or fish depending on your appetite, is one of the best cuisines you will try.

Popular Vietnamese Spring Roll dishes are Goi cuon and Cha gio. The first is a side dish that comes with Pho and is made of chicken or shrimp served with special condiments like tuong xao (hoisin sauce) or nuoc cham (fish sauce). The latter includes pork and glass noodles rolled in Banh Tang and is fried to be served as excellent side dish for drinking.

What would you like for dessert?


Now comes dessert. One of Vietnamese top three exports along with rice and pepper, Vietnamese coffee is not only cheap, but deep in its taste mixed with coffee, cream, and condensed milk. Once addicted to bittersweet Vietnamese iced coffee, cap he sua da, don’t even dream of drinking Starbucks again.

Other than its coffee, there is nectar-like Vietnamese sugarcane juice Nuoc mia; coconut ice cream at Kem Bach Dang ice cream store located in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City; and Vietnamese style crepes Banh Xeo to check out.

Vietnam sure has captivated the world with its rich and appetizing food as much as its neighbor Thailand. Forget about diet. Let yourself be lost at delectable local Vietnamese cuisines and stroll around Ho Chi Minh for a day. There’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get over them, but at least you’ll learn life is still good.

PINCAKE TIPS

Ho Chi Minh City Street Food Guide.

1. De Tham St. : On this so-called “travelers’ road,” you’ll not only find Vietnamese street food but also various dishes from all over the world.

2. Com Chien Dui St.: Clustered with fancy restaurants, you’ll find exotic scenes and traditional cuisines of Vietname. Especially famous for dessert places.

3. Ben Thanh Market: Located right next to a bus station crossed with De Tham St., Ben Thanh Market is Ho Cho Minh City’s biggest wholesale retail market. Experience Ho Chi Minh City’s late night at street vendors that opens till late and affordable seafood.

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