1. Salty sticky rice
Saigon has hundreds of salty sticky rice stalls with all sorts from the vendor, sidewalk shop to the restaurant. They sell sticky rice in the morning, evening and the common thing is they offer extremely rich choices such as chicken sticky rice, sausage, quail eggs, cauliflower, pate, minced pork, rolls...
Sai Gon salty sticky rice make people crave from the way of setting up with the eye-catching stalls with full and deliciously decorated food. Especially salty sticky rice often includes onions and sauces that make each grain is more attractive and delicious.
Some of the famous sticky rice restaurants in Saigon are Ba Chieu market chicken sticky rice, Tam Cau sticky rice…. An average of serving is just about 10.000 VND. Sticky rice is everywhere in Vietnam, but if you visit Saigon, why not try the salty sticky rice to experience the special dish of this city?
There is bread sold in any region, any province in Vietnam. However, in each locality, bread has its own variation in ingredients, making a difference to the food which is very familiar. Saigon is one of the most unique and fascinating bread variations, so it is definitely something you should try here.
The most popular bread in Saigon is sandwiches with all kinds of pates, sausages, , hams ... A quality loaf of bread like Huynh Hoa's famous restaurant can even reach to 50.000 VND (2.2 USD), but it well worth the money with quality bread and delicious fillings.
In addition, the bread also has a variety of variations such as barbecue bread, rolls bread, phá lấu bread, dried beef bread.... On average a tasty bread is only 15.000 to 20.000 VND. So why not put bread on your bucket list of things to eat in Saigon?
3. Mixed rice paper
It is often said that Saigon is a place where people from all over the country come to do business, so Saigon has no "specialties" because it has been mixed up. This can be right and can be wrong. Some of the "Saigon delicacies" are now imported from other provinces, but in this prosperous city, they are painted, transformed, into the only dish that can not be found anywhere except in Saigon.
The mixed rice paper originates from shrimp rice paper in Tay Ninh province. But when it came to Saigon, the rice cake was changed a lot – adding dry beef, herb, sour mango ... and has become an authentic Saigon specialty since about 8 to 9 years. Now a pack of "standard" mixed rice paper in Saigon has no less than 10 ingredients. This can be found at every gate of the school, park ... from 10. 000 VND to 20.000 VND
4. Noodles (Hủ tiếu)
Noodle soup is popular dish of many Saigon people. The Saigon noodle soup is very varied, the most popular and the most famous brand is the hủ tiếu gõ (knocking noodle). And there are so many other types of noodles that you can chose from: beef noodle, Nam Vang noodle or fresh squid noodles.
The noodle soup is also a “anytime” dish – it means you can have it for breakfast or dinner, supper. Whether it's a bowl of noodles in the restaurant or a pavement on the sidewalk, there's something for everyone. The noodles are soft, long, sweet flavor, making you remember forever about this dish.
5. Egg sweet soup
Chicken egg sweet soup is a very famous dish of the Chinese. The sweet soup sounds strange and even if you have not eaten, you might assume that it will be fishy. However, that is a prejudice that you have to destroy by enjoying it directly.
Actually, anyone who tries it once would not forget the taste, even “addicted”, craving for the taste of egg, which is well cooked with black tea. The taste of the tea penetrates into the eggs, giving it a sweet scent.
You must very calm and slowly eat the egg sweet soup to fully feel the taste of "tea" in the "egg". The black tea cooked with egg and palm sugar is just sweet and a little bit bitter. Put some ice and you will have a delicious dish. The Chinese have many famous sweet soups, but this one is the most outstanding and worth trying.