Snack on walking tour around Saigon streets for a Vietnam tour. An idea is not bad. With post “The favorite afternoon snacks of Saigon that you don’t miss”, VietNam Typical Tour will share for you: Top Snacks in Ho Chi Minh city that are delightful and cheap rural snacks in Saigon.
Banh trang nuong (rice crackers)
A specialty of the Central Highlands city of Da Lat, banh trang nuong has now stood among the kings and queens of street snacks in Saigon. It is dubbed as the “Vietnamese pizza.”
On burning charcoal, a thin rice cracker is grilled with butter, scallion and egg before minced pork, sausage and dried shrimp are added on top.
Locals love to add a lot of chili sauce on top for some extra heat. (And you should know by now that many Vietnamese love their pizza with a lot of chili sauce and ketchup.)
Banh trang tron (rice paper salad)
This simple dish has been loved by so many generations of teenagers in Saigon. It is made of shredded rice paper mixed with dried shrimp, roasted peanuts, boiled quail eggs, shredded green mango, fried shallots and fresh herbs.
The salad should appear next to the definition of “savory” in all dictionaries. You can’t find a better snack that can give you a perfect blend of heat, sourness, sweetness and saltiness.
Bap xao (stir-fried corn)
Ha Noi people love to eat boiled corn, but Saigon people prefer stir-fried corn. The corn is quickly fried in butter, with added dried shrimp and green scallion, then served hot.
Bo bia (fresh jicama rolls)
Bo bia is what many locals think about first when they think about afternoon snacks. This also is one of the easiest snacks to find when walking down the street of Ho Chi Minh City for Saigon tour. This spring roll packs a unique punch of flavor and texture in comparison. With rice paper on the outside, Jicama, Beef Sausage, Dried Shrimp, fried egg, fried shallots, and multiple herbs on the inside this little roll is not to be missed. The jicama should feel a bit warm, coming right out of the pan. Pair the rolls with a peanut-based lightly sweetened sauce.
Bot chien (fried rice cakes)
This is a street dish originating in China but made and loved in Saigon. It can’t be simpler: you fry rice flour on a large flat pan, cut the batch into bite-size cubes, break an egg on top, and top with green scallion.
It is served hot and crisp with a mixture of sweet rice vinegar and soy sauce. Add some shredded green papaya to balance out the oil.
Banh mi kem (bread with ice cream)
Have you ever eat a white bread with mix of some types of cold ice cream and peanuts? You can buy one from a mobile food stall for a Saigon tour. You should try it, it is also quite interesting ?
Pork and Pork Sausage Skewers, Heo Nướng – Hồ Lô Nướng
Grilled pork over an open fire! These meat skewers are a great pre-game to hold you over before dinner.
Heo Nuong, Marinated Pork Skewers, find an excellent balance between chewy and tender. Pork comes into the markets around 4 AM here in Saigon. That is when the pork shoulder is purchased, then cut, and marinated for 6-8 hours in a mixture of honey and sesame seeds.
Holo Nuong, Sweet Pork Sausage balls, can’t help but leave a smile on your face when your teeth pop the roasted casing on the outside to find yourself enjoying a great balance of fat and sugar that is mixed into the sausage. Named for its resemblance of a round squash, these sweet morsels of meat are typically found in Southern Vietnam.
Don’t miss the chili sauce and pickles that are necessity in balancing out the rich meaty flavor. Also, a nice cold beer goes quite well.
The above is a collection of favorite snacks in Saigon that you definitely have to try them. We hope this information is useful, contributing to your trip in Saigon more interesting.
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