Top 10 the best local food to try in Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city in Vietnam. It is center of tourism, culture, history, economy and shopping. Coming to visit Ho Chi Minh City, do not miss this chance to try top 10 special foods in Ho Chi Minh City. Impress Travel – Ho Chi Minh City lists here top 10 the best local food to try while traveling in Ho Chi Minh City.
1. Pho Noodles:
Pho is a popular dish of Vietnamese people, no one has never been to Pho. People are charmed by sweet and pure taste of its sauce together with some tender pieces of beef or chicken.
You can easy to find a Pho restaurant on the street. Just go down streets in the morning and look for a place that you see a crowded of local people gathering around having Pho as their breakfast. Phở is truly an amazing breakfast treat that will not break your bank.
2. Banh Mi
Banh mi with with pickled vegetables, pate, butter, soy sauce, cilantro, chilies, and hot peppers, is popular dishes in Ho Chi Minh. Quick and tasty, you can also choose from a variety of meat fillings for your banh mi, including roasted pork belly, fried fish with turmeric and dill, boiled sausages, meatballs, boiled chicken, fried egg, grilled pork loin, and Chinese barbecued pork.
3. Oc (Vietnamese Shellfish):
Oc is the popular dishes, there are plenty of roadside stalls and inexpensive restaurants with raw snails, blood cockles, clams, shrimps, and crabs displayed out front. After selecting those that strike your fancy, you can enjoy them grilled, sautéed, curried, or steamed. Priced at VND 20,000 onwards, we highly recommend grilled mussels with scallion oil and peanuts
4. Com Tam (Broken Rice)
Com Tam that mean “broken rice”, is a local dish that’s accompanied with fried egg, diced green onions, and a variety of meats such as barbecued pork chop, shredded pork skin, and steamed pork and egg patty. Com Tam is a good choice for folks who enjoy traditional foods.
5. Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Spring Rolls):
Goi cuon or Vietnamese spring rolls comprise vermicelli noodles, pork slices, shrimp, basil, and lettuce tightly wrapped in translucent rice papers. Due to its very subtle flavour, you can dip it in a mix of freshly ground chilli and hoisin-based dipping sauce topped with crushed peanuts. This traditional appetiser is a healthier alternative to cha gio, which is a deep-fried egg roll made with a combination of mung bean noodles, minced pork, and various spices.
6. Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancake)
Banh Xeo cake is a special kind of cake. Banh xeo is a savory pancake that is made of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, filled with ingredients such as vermicelli noodles, chicken, pork or beef slices, shrimps, sliced onions, beansprouts, and mushrooms. Banh Xeo is quite popular so you can enjoy it in most local restaurant.
7. Hu Tieu (Rice Noodles):
Hu tieu is a subtler version of pho noodles, featuring a clear pork-based broth, flat rice noodles, and an assortment of pork toppings. There are also countless variations available in Ho Chi Minh City, though the most popular one is hu tieu xuong, which is topped with pork ribs.
9. Ca Kho To (Carameliesed Fish in clay Pot):
Special dieshes, ca kho to refer to catfish braised in a clay pot. This dish is prepared by cutting a whole catfish into fillets before it’s braised in a thick gravy made with a combination of soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, shallots, garlic, and various spices and seasonings
10. Banh Cuon (Rolled Cake):
Loosely wrapped in a steamed fermented rice sheet, banh cuon contains a mix of ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, onions, Vietnamese ham (cha lua), steamed beansprouts, and cucumbers. You can easily spot vendors selling banh cuon in prominent marketplaces such as Cholon and Ben Thanh Market as well as local restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.
11. Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork.
Bun thit nuong comprises thin vermicelli rice noodles, freshly chopped lettuce, sliced cucumber, bean sprouts, pickled daikon, basil, chopped peanuts, and mint, topped with grilled pork shoulder. Diners can also opt for Bun Thit Nuong with spring rolls which comes with crunchy slices of deep-fried egg rolls.
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