SAIGON AND ITS DIVERSE FOOD CULTURE

  • Namthilanguage
  • 25/09/2020

As the biggest city in the South and a hub for all economic, transport, cultural and social activities, Saigon attracts residents from all over the country with its generosity and sincerity. Hence, its food cuisine gets abundant both in quantity and quality, reflecting the integration of different cultures from different regions.

Including thousands of dishes nation-wide and worldwide, Saigon food culture is a delicate and savoury mixture of cuisines over the seven seas, providing diversity, abundance, uniqueness, exoticness, and great appeal.

Cuisines from all over Vietnam in Saigon

Almost nowhere else across this S-shaped country can one find any local dish with ease like in this 300-year-old city. If you have a knack for food from Northern region, you can frequent diners with noodles with fried tofu and shrimp paste, noodles with pork kebabs, snail noodle, phở, Lã Vọng-style grilled fish slices, Hạ Long squid kurimi… or a great number of other popular places in Saigon. Those who like the bold taste of dishes from the Middle can easily find a bowl of Quang Nam-style noodle, fish kurimi noodle, Vietnam kebabs, Hoi An-style noodle or popular dishes in Hue City like Hue-style beef noodle, clam rice and appetizers made from rice flour. People from the Mekong Delta do not have to travel back to Ca Mau Province for crabs, An Giang Province for fish noodles or other places for mắm hot pot. All types of local cuisines can be found here in Saigon, sizzling hot for your enjoyment.

World cuisines in Saigon

Apart from dishes from all over the country, Sài Gòn has long hosted a variety of delicacies worldwide. In certain neighborhoods mainly inhabited by Western, Chinese or Vietnamese individuals, you can order tasty dishes from China, India, Spain, France, Germany (like bratwurst), America (like hamburgers), or even Russia. Food lovers can indulge in Czech grilled meat and famous beer or wine. Some Japanese typical dishes like udon or sushi have also become familiar treats in Saigon.

Some highly recommended dishes to try in Saigon

1. Cơm tấm Sài Gòn (Saigon-style broken rice)

2. Bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette)


3. Hủ tiếu Nam Vang (Nam Vang-style noodle)


4. Gỏi khô bò (beef jerky papaya salad)


5. Phá Lấu (offal stew)


6. Gỏi cuốn Sài Gòn (Saigon fresh spring rolls)


7. Bánh xèo Sài Gòn (Saigon savoury crepes)


8. Bánh tráng trộn (a snack from mixed rice paper and toppings)


9. Các món ốc ở Sài Gòn (Snail dishes)


(Nam Thi tổng hợp)

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