5 must-try foods in Ho Chi Minh City

5 must-try foods in Ho Chi Minh City
UPDATED: 24 May 2017 265 Views

While the nation of Vietnam is loved by many for a variety of reasons, it is probably best-known throughout the world for its cuisine. Often described as being unique and complex, Vietnamese cuisine is acclaimed for boasting a range of flavours and textures that make the process of eating it an experience to remember. Here are five incredibly delicious dishes for you to start planning a trip to Ho Chi Minh City - a very attractive city in Vietnam.

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Banh Mi

Banh Mi

Easily regarded as one of Vietnam’s most popular dishes, Banh Mi commonly consists of a baguette—usually in a size that is meant for consumption by one person—that is sliced in half to house various fillings. One could call it Vietnam’s national sandwich, even. Popular fillings of this rich dish include pork slices, luncheon meat and liver pate.

Address: Bánh Mì Huỳnh Hoa - 26 Le Thi Rieng, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.


While it may be tricky to pronounce to some, there is no doubt that phở is one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes worldwide. Featuring noodles that are enveloped in a broth which is usually derived from chicken or beef bones, this dish is known for its usage of aromatic herbs and spices like star anise and ginger, giving it wonderful flavours and notes.

Address: Phở Phú Vương - 339 Le Van Sy, District 1, Tan Binh, Ho Chi Minh City.

Bun Bo Hue

Bun Bo Hue

Known for its distinctive lemongrass flavour, Bun Bo Hue is a noodle dish that originates from the Vietnamese city of Hue. Usually made using rice vermicelli, it is celebrated largely for delicate its balance between notes of sourness, sweetness, spiciness and saltines, and commonly features beef as its primary meat component.

Address: Bún Bò Gánh - 110 Ly Chinh Thang, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.

Bun Cha

Building on the love that Vietnamese people have for noodle dishes is Bun Cha, a delicacy that consists mainly of rice vermicelli, slices of grilled pork and a unique dipping sauce that features some of Vietnam’s favourite ingredients—such as fish sauce, rice vinegar and chili. It is usually paired with vegetables, and some herbs and spices for extra doses of flavour.

Address: Bún chả 145 - 145 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnamese Drip Coffee

Vietnamese drip coffee

When in Ho Chi Minh City, there is no better pick-me-up or drink to wash your meal down with than Vietnamese drip coffee. Famous for its robust flavour and strong aftertaste, this beverage also makes a refreshing treat when served cold as Vietnamese iced coffee—or cà phê đá, as locals call it.

Address: i.d café - 34D Thu Khoa Huan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

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