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Top 5 must-try meals in Hồ Chí Minh - And where to try them!

Vietnamese cuisine is world famous and if you're travelling to Hồ Chí Minh anytime soon, then here is a quick food guide that will help you taste the best local food at the very best places!


Bánh Mì Hòa Mã

If you're looking for some mouth-watering breakfast food, then head over to the Bánh Mì Hòa Mã located at 53 Đường Cao Thắng, phường 17, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. The place is open from 5 a.m to 10 a.m, therefore, you need to head early. The Bánh Mì Hòa Mã is famous for its banh mi op la which is a popular breakfast dish in Vietnam consisting of some baguettes, pate, eggs with runny yolks, and charcuterie. This is pretty much the best breakfast street food you'll taste here. Looking for accommodation around these restaurants? A Saigon City residence serviced apartment in the likes of the Citadines Regency Saigon offers comfortable accommodation.


Bột Chiên Đạt Thành

Another must stop street food vendor, if you're cruising through Saigon in Vietnam, is the Bột Chiên Đạt Thành, located at 277 Võ Văn Tần, phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. The place is open from 2 p.m to 11 p.m and is well known for its bot Chien. This is a dish made out of rice flour made crispy and with the addition of ingredients like eggs and green papaya, it is just splendid! If you're already a fan of Malay or Singaporean cuisine, this dish comes close to their char koay kak and chai tow kueh.


Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa

If you're in Vietnam, you are bound to quickly get acquainted with the banh mi which is a local favourite, pretty much sold everywhere around the country. But one of the best stalls selling the banh mi is in Saigon, located at 26 Lê Thị Riêng, Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam, and is open from 2:30 p.m to 11 p.m. The Bahn mi is a sandwich that is known as the best in the world. And what more? Luke Nguyen mentions it in his own tv show, Luke Nguyen's Street Food Asia, that it is his favourite Bahn mi stall. So make sure to drop by Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa for a quick bite of some ravishing food.


Phở Lệ Nguyễn Trãi

Well, you can't claim to have tasted the best of the local cuisine in Vietnam, if you haven't tried the Pho. This is a vital food of this cuisine and you should try it. The dish is basically a noodle soup comprising rice noodles, some meat- chicken or beef, and some herbs to add flavour. And one of the best places to try this dish would be the Phở Lệ Nguyễn Trãi located at 413-415 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường 7, Quận 5, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam. You can check it out any time of the week, from 6 a.m to 1 a.m.


Cơm tấm Trần Quý Cáp

Want to try the well talked about rice dish, which is named the 'broken rice' or the cơm tấm. Then you need to visit the Cơm tấm Trần Quý Cáp, located at 260 Võ Văn Tần, phường 5, Quận 3, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam; open from 10 a.m to 9 p.m daily. Locals rave about this place, and some even state that its a favourite of their fathers and grandfathers as well. Standing tall and strong for three generations? You can't go wrong with that kind of history.