Beside Street food in Hanoi, Street food Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is also arguably the best in Vietnam. The street food scene in Ho Chi Minh City permeates every district, neighbourhood and alleyway. The city boasts so many street food outlets that Ho Chi Minh City feels like one gigantic open-air restaurant.
The below is : Top 7 Great Streets for Street Food in Ho Chi Minh City.
1) Vạn Kiếp Street (border of Phú Nhuận & Bình Thạnh districts)
The street is packed with young Vietnamese – You rarely see any customers over the age of 30 – all clustered around small plastic tables, hunched over on small plastic stools, talking, eating, gesticulating, laughing.
In here, there must be at least fifty different dishes available on this street, and over a hundred eateries to choose from : Phở, chè, bánh canh cua, bánh mì…
2) Sư Vạn Hạnh Street: District 10
Sư Vạn Hạnh is a long, lively street in general, but the section between Ngô Gia Tự and Nguyễn Chí Thanh streets is partiuclarly frenetic and jam-packed with excellent street food.
This street’s speciality is bánh xèo (savoury crepes filled with pork and bean sprouts). Dozens of places serve small bánh xèo cooked on circular trays over flaming, coal-fired barbecues.
3) Vĩnh Khánh Street: District 4
Vĩnh Khánh Street is an snails paradise.The place is abuzz with hundreds of groups grubbing up on seafood.
The most famous joint on the strip is Ốc Oanh (534 Vĩnh Khánh Street) which is renowned 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 game, Quán BBQ Lúa (33 Vĩnh Khánh Street) offers grill-it-yourself barbecue with your choice of beef, pork, goat and fish.
4) Phan Văn Hân Street: Bình Thạnh District
A long, narrow street connecting two of Saigon’s biggest arteries, Phan Văn Hân Street is lined with cheap food stalls frequented by locals and students from nearby universities.
The street is densely packed with food vendors, shops, homes, businesses and motorbikes, creating an intimate environment.
This is a very lively little neighbourhood where all the classic Vietnamese street food dishes are well-represented. Come between 6.00-8.30pm to experience it at its busiest.
5) Cô Giang Street: District 1
Perhaps the best collection of street food nearby the backpacker area, Cô Giang is far enough away from it to keep up its local feel. On the corner of Cô Giang and Đề Thám streets is a collection of places that specialize in hủ tiếu xào, a type of Chinese-style fried noodles.
The bò lá lốt at Hoàng Yến (121 Cô Giang Street) is not only delicious, but cheap at VND20,000 per person.
Now, Let’s go and don’t forget share us khnow: What’s your favorite street in Ho Chi Minh City for street food?
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