The street food scene in Saigon permeates each district, neighbourhood, and alleyway; the city boasts so many street food retailers that, at instances, Saigon looks like one gigantic, open-air restaurant.
1. Vạn Kiếp Street (border of Phú Nhuận & Bình Thạnh districts)
Vạn Kiếp Street straddles the border of two of Saigon’s most vibrant districts, Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh. Neon indicators prick the night time, illuminating the slanting rain as they announce the specialities of every food and drinks outlet: phở, bánh canh cua, bánh mì, bánh xèo, bún mắm, bún bò Huế, bún chả, nem nướng, chè - there should be not less than fifty completely different dishes obtainable on this street, and over 100 eateries to select from.
Quán 104 (230 Van Kiep) is a small, stylish place specializing in grilled octopus (bạch tuộc nướng), which could be very common with Saigon youth in the intervening time. The spicy, marinated octopus is grilled over a coal barbecue on the sidewalk; the scented smoke wafts into the road, engaging all who go to cease and eat, like a vaporous Siren. Van Kiep has greater than its justifiable share of bánh canh cua retailers – a stodgy, slippery, fishy, noodley southern traditional: attempt it at 63 Van Kiep. Close to the intersection with Phan Xich Long Street there are a few good bún mắm stalls.
2. Sư Vạn Hạnh Street: District 10
Sư Vạn Hạnh is an extended, full of life road typically, however the part between Ngô Gia Tự and Nguyễn Chí Thanh streets is partiuclarly frenetic and jam-packed with wonderful road meals. This road’s speciality is bánh xèo (savoury crepes crammed with pork and bean sprouts). Dozens of locations serve small bánh xèo cooked on round trays over flaming, coal-fired barbecues. The well-known 004 Lô H (actually ‘Block H’), the place the household have been within the bánh xèo enterprise on the identical spot for 14 years.
On the nook with Hòa Hảo Street there’s Chinese language-style noodle outlet referred to as 'Tai Phát'. Strive the mì vịt tiềm (egg noodles with duck in a deeply fragrant broth). The noodles are bought from a traditional xe mì (noodle trolley) embellished with painted dragons and scenes from Chinese language mythology. Proper on the southern finish of Block H (Lô H) there’s an impressive Vietnamese dessert stall on the nook.
3. Vĩnh Khánh Street: District 4
As soon as a favourite spot of infamous gangster Năm Cam, Vĩnh Khánh Street is an ốc paradise. The place is abuzz with a whole bunch of teams grubbing up on seafood. A soundtrack is supplied by the curbside entertainers that embrace not solely motorcycle karaoke singers, however fire-eaters and Michael Jackson impersonators (I’d prefer to see MJ do the moonwalk by means of motorcycle site visitors).
Probably the most well-known joint on the strip is Ốc Oanh (534 Vĩnh Khánh Street) which is famend for its ốc hương ràn muối ớt (fried sea snails with salt and chilli) and sò điệp nướng mỡ hành (grilled scallops with spring onions and peanuts).
If seafood’s not your recreation, Quán BBQ Lúa (33 Vĩnh Khánh Street) presents grill-it-yourself barbecue together with your selection of beef, pork, goat and fish.
4. Phan Văn Hân Street: Bình Thạnh District
Positioned simply throughout from District 1’s gleaming skyline is an not noticeable slim road that's frequented by college college students in search of an inexpensive meal.
Strive the bột chiên on the nook of Phan Văn Hân and Xô Viết Nghẹ Tĩnh streets the place the seller has been promoting the specialty for 20 years.
There’s additionally an ideal noodle place, Lương Ký Mì Gia, (1 Huỳnh Mẫn Đạt Street) on the japanese excessive of Phan Văn Hân Avenue which serves up quite a few Vietnamese noodle dishes, one of the best of which would be the mì vịt tiềm (contemporary yellow noodles with marinated duck). However you'll want to arrive early because it rapidly sells out.
5. Cô Giang Street: District 1
Maybe one of the best assortment of road meals close by the backpacker space, Cô Giang is much sufficient away from it to maintain up its native really feel. On the nook of Cô Giang and Đề Thám streets is a set of locations focusing on hủ tiếu xào, a kind of Chinese language-style fried noodles.
The bò lá lốt at Hoàng Yến (121 Cô Giang Street) just isn't solely scrumptious, however low cost at VND 20,000 per person.