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Best Traditional Food in Ho Chi Minh


Sure! Here are ten traditional foods in Ho Chi Minh City:

  1. Pho (Instagram: @phovietnam): Pho is Vietnam’s most famous noodle soup. It consists of flat rice noodles, tender beef or chicken, and a fragrant broth made from simmering bones and spices.
  2. Banh Mi : Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich with a crispy French baguette filled with a variety of ingredients such as pâté, grilled meats, pickled vegetables, and fresh herbs.
  3. Banh Xeo (Instagram: @banhxeosaigon): Banh Xeo is a savory pancake made from rice flour and turmeric, filled with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts, and onions. It is typically wrapped in lettuce and dipped in a flavorful sauce.
  4. Bun Cha (Instagram: @bun_cha_saigon): Bun Cha is a popular dish in Hanoi, but it can also be found in Ho Chi Minh City. It features grilled pork patties, vermicelli noodles, fresh herbs, and a sweet and tangy dipping sauce.
  5. Com Tam (Instagram: @comtam_saigon): Com Tam is a dish made with broken rice served with various accompaniments such as grilled pork chops, shredded pork skin, steamed egg, and pickled vegetables. It is a hearty and flavorful meal.
  6. Goi Cuon: Goi Cuon, also known as fresh spring rolls, are made by wrapping rice paper around shrimp, pork, vermicelli noodles, and fresh herbs. They are often served with a peanut dipping sauce.
  7. Ca Phe Sua Da: Ca Phe Sua Da is Vietnamese iced coffee. It is made with strong coffee brewed using a metal filter, mixed with condensed milk, and served over ice. It’s a delicious and refreshing beverage.
  8. Hu Tieu: Hu Tieu is a noodle soup dish made with either pork or seafood. It features thin rice noodles, a flavorful broth, and a variety of toppings such as sliced pork, shrimp, squid, and herbs.
  9. Banh Canh Cua (Instagram: @banhcanhviet): Banh Canh Cua is a thick noodle soup with a crab-based broth. It contains chewy tapioca noodles, crab meat, pork, and herbs. It’s a comforting and satisfying dish.
  10. Ca Tim Kho To: Ca Tim Kho To is a traditional Vietnamese dish made with braised eggplant cooked in a clay pot. The eggplant is simmered in a savory sauce with garlic, fish sauce, and spices, resulting in a rich and flavorful dish
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