Vietnamese Food in Saigon: Where and What to Eat
I love night markets because you can shop without breaking your wallet, but best of al, it's the food you find within those markets. If you're unsure of what to eat, just check out the night market next to Ben Thanh Market for traditional Vietnamese food and seafood. You will find workers fanning the menu in your face, while the fragrant food intensifies your palate. Try the Pho Ga (chicken) and Pho Tom (shrimp)!
Cheap food, beer and people watching; Backpacker Street is the "street" that never sleeps. When night fall strikes, travelers flock here. Everything you need to have a good time is on this street. There are lots of choices - I recommend anything grilled! A coffee for appetizer, food and beer thereafter and lastly have an amazing time at the bars or clubs.
Banh Cuon is perfect as an appetizer or snack. It's made from steamed fermented rice batter filled with ground pork. Freshly made, topped with fried shallots and nuoc mam sauce. Paired perfectly with Vietnamese coffee.
Best place to find banh xeo and banh khot is at Cho Thai Binh Market. It's cheaper and tastes better than the restaurants. The key to getting your hands on this delicious Vietnamese food is to come very early. The bun thit nuong is so popular that it was sold out by the time I ordered it, granted it was 8am.
Bún bò Huế is a popular Vietnamese soup that has vermicelli noodles and beef. It is served with lime, cilantro, onions, mint, basil, and bean sprouts. Song Anh specializes in Bún bò Huế. The different levels of taste makes this soup top notch. I recommend the "special" which has the best meat.
The flakiest and tastiest banh mi you will ever have is at Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa. With the stacks of thinly sliced meats, fresh baked baguettes and veggies, the choices are endless. It will leave you wanting for more. They also have vegetarian choices, but just ask for it. I recommend BBQ and Combination, add on a slab of pate to make it extra tasty!
If you love banh bot loc, banh nam, banh beo and anything that starts with "banh" as much as I do, then head over to Bánh Canh Cua Nam Giao. This restaurant is tucked away in an alley, close to Ben Thanh Market. So, make sure you pay attention to the signs to avoid missing the restaurant. They also serve dishes from soups to rice plates.
Street food is everywhere in Vietnam. It's cheap and you get the local experience. Just pull up a plastic chair and table, you're set!
Nhà hàng Ngon is an upscale restaurant that serves popular Vietnamese dishes including spring rolls, noodle soups, rice plates and appetizers like banh xeo and banh khot. Their extensive menu will leave you indecisive because everything looks delicious. The French-style interior and falling gardens gives off a calm and serene feeling. This restaurant is great during dinner and for families.