I love street food.
I have been known in my family to have an iron gut, drinking water in countries where even the locals don’t. While that specific example was a youthful mistake I did replicate in Vietnam, I did try all the things!
In Ho Chi Minh we had a pretty set menu. Essentially, we just went to a handful of places again and again. These are my top three – but even then it was hard to narrow it down to such a pithy headline! So if you want to try and find the exact places I ate I have mapped their “address” at the bottom of the post, but I’d say these are dishes you can try nearly anywhere (outside of Bui Vien) and be satisfied.
You obviously can’t go to Vietnam and not have a steaming hot bowl of Pho. It’s chicken soup for the soul (or more accurately, beef soup). Our favourite place was a mother and daughter team that cooked out of their house and set up some chairs outside. They run out of Pho around 2pm so don’t leave it too late!
2. cơm tấm sườn nướng
(Grilled Pork Cutlet with Broken Rice, pickles and an egg)
This was our dinner more often than not. It is filling, delicious and pretty healthy! We loved this so much we made Luke Ngyuen’s version when we got home. These guys also run out but much later, around 9.00pm but they usually still have something available like a Vietnamese sausage.
3. Bánh Tráng Nướng (Vietnamese Pizza)
This thing legit blew my mind! It was one of the first things we ate when we arrived, during our walking-not-walking-actually-motoing tour. It is so simple and available everywhere! It is quite simply BBQd rice paper with an assortment of toppings, usually a quail egg some pork and chilli sauce. Some variations also include Smiling Cow cheese, which is super popular in Vietnam (probably because it lasts without refrigeration). I haven’t tried to make it at home yet but it’s a delicious and simple pre-dinner snack enjoyed with your side of the road beers. I ate these all over the shop so just keep an eye out for them and give it a try yourself!
Although not the famed Bánh mì Capital we got some great pork Bánh mì’s (with crackling) from a local shop, pictured with me above.
I also highly recommend you seek out some bò lá lốt – I was recommended by an Instagram friend and it was fantastic. After much trip advising we went to this place and it was delish!
For locations of Vendors check out the map below and if you want to know more about Ho Chi Minh check out my Ho Chi Minh City Guide