Top 5 must-eat dishes in Ho Chi Minh city

1. Broken Rice

Broken Rice or Com Tam originated in Ho Chi Minh city and it has been one of the most popular food in the city. Ho Chi Minh city people eat Broken Rice at any time of the day. Broken Rice is a dish consisting of steamed broken rice, grilled pork chop, sliced cucumber and tomato, pickled carrot and daikon, green onion oil. Broken Rice is served with sweet and sour fish sauce – the soul of this food. Highlight of this food is steamed broken rice which is smelling, soft and comfortable to eat. Thin pork chop is marinated with special recipes and grilled on charcoal so that the grilled pork chop has special flavor and smell. Vegetables and pickles make the dish less greasy.

2. Snail

Snail restaurants are everywhere in Ho Chi Minh city. Snail eating has become a culture in this busy city. Ho Chi Minh city people usually gather at night to eat snail dishes and drink some beers. Snails are surprisingly nutritious and delicious. Snail meat is a bit chewy, with proper cooking, Vietnamese cooks have turn it into tasty dishes. There are a wide range of choices when you come to a snail restaurant because they have different types of snails and dozens of cooking methods. Some famous snail dishes in Ho Chi Minh city are Stir-fried Mud-creeper with Coconut Milk, Grilled Sweet Snail with Chili and Salt, Stir-fried Finger Snail with Garlic…

3. Pan-fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake

Pan-fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake originated in China Town, Ho Chi Minh city.


Steamed rice flour pieces are fried with egg on a flat pan, then topped with green onion and pickled shredded green papaya. Steamed rice flour pieces must be crispy outside and tender inside. The dish is served with soy sauce dip and chili paste.


Pan-fried Scrambled Egg Rice Cake is usually sold at street food stalls with some small plastic tables and chairs on Ho Chi Minh city streets.

4. Rice Paper Salad

Rice Paper Salad is the most favorite snack in Ho Chi Minh city. Main ingredient of this food is rice paper strip. Other ingredients such as beef jerky, crushed peanut, quail egg, Vietnamese mint, and special sauce are mixed well with rice paper strips to make a perfect snack ever. Rice Paper Salad is sold in plastic bag with chopsticks, buyers can mix all things themselves or need seller’s help.

5. BBQ

Barbecue is practiced in many areas of the world and there are numerous regional variations. In Ho Chi Minh city, dinners love to grill marinated pork, beef, chicken, goat, frog, seafood… on charcoal themselves at BBQ restaurants and stalls. It’s something very local to enjoy BBQ in Vietnamese style with special taste.

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