101 Guide to Eat like a Local in Saigon Chinatown (Part 2)

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Good day guys, I am back and so excited to suggest you more places to eat in Chinatown. Are you really hungry now? If yes, let’s follow me! We’ll get food real quick.

>>>Check part 1 here if you miss it.

 Afternoon Snack

Mid-day snacks are common here. People despite their ages enjoy this extra meal with absolutely no doubt because these munchies are super delicious.

*Bánh Củ Cải, Bánh Hẹ (Radish/ Chive cakes) – fried rice starch cakes with chives or radish filling (vegan) served with pickled carrots and sweet and sour soy sauce. The cakes should taste crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside.

Address: 143, Lê Quang Sung St, Dist 6.

Price range: 10,000 – 30,000 VND

Sizzling, colourful and wonderful rice cakes.
photo: kenh14.vn

*Bò Bía (Popiah) – a famous Hokkien spring roll but has been put in a Vietnamese twist when it comes to Cho Lon. Now what we can find in a Vietnamese popiah roll is lettuce, fresh herbs, lap cheong (sweet sausage) slices, fried egg strips and stir-fried jicama (củ sắn), served along with sweet black bean dip. The roll is made exclusively tiny and sold extremely cheap. When you order Popiah, don’t order one but make it a dozen to fill your stomach.

Address: 266 Hải Thượng Lãn Ông St, Ward 14, Dist 5.

Price range: 15,000 – 30,000 VND

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Oh, I see rainbow, I see rolls! Nom, nom, nom.
photo: gocbeponline.com

*Khổ Qua Cà Ớt – bitter melon, aubergine, chilli, tomato, tofu, okra, etc. stuffed with fish paste and cooked in broth. It takes several efforts to cook this dish, but the result worths the time they spend to make it. Because what you will get is a cheerful bowl filled with a feast of colours. For now, this dish is sold in many regions outside Chinatown. But the authentic should be tasted inside the place where it is created.

Address: 52, Lão Tử St, Dist 5.

Price range: 20k – 40k VND

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The only thing I can say after finishing this delicious gift is: Oh, interesting! I go order one more bowl. ;).
photo: phunuonline.com.vn
 Dinner

Dinner time starts around 5.30 pm. At this time, the streets are filled with tempting food fragrance. You might be lost in the jungle of food in Cho Lon, however, here are some options you can choose to satisfy your hungry belly.

*Mì (Noodles soup) –  Slurping a hot bowl of noodles soup is my dinner fantasy in Chinatown.  Choices vary from chicken, duck, pork, seafood to vegetarian options. Noodles (or dumplings) are then bathed in the smoking hot broth and served immediately. What I recommend to try is Mì Vịt Tiềm (Chinese Style Braised Duck noodles). The dish is signature for its herby black broth and flavorful tender duck thigh.

Address: Mì Vịt Tiềm Thượng Hải 481 – Hẻm 481 Nguyễn Tri Phương St, Ward 8,  Dist 10.

Price range: 60,000 – 80,000 VND

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I see a sexy tanned leg there!
photo: kenh14.vn

*Vịt Quay (Roasted duck) – In this neighbourhood, there’s a street that exclusively sells roasted ducks. When entering Bùi Hữu Nghĩa street (Dist 5) for the first time, it is quite odd seeing those ducks hung in lines everywhere. They may look quite naked, but their smell is tempting and immediately your mouth starts watering. The duck meat is excellent, greasy yet meaty. The marinade is so special that you might want to marry the chef to eat roasted duck every day. However, it is not a daily meal for local people, but they do eat it often, especially on special occasions.  

Address : Vịt Quay Phát Thành – 157-159, Bùi Hữu Nghĩa St, Ward 7, Dist 5.

Price range: 300,000 – 400,000 VND / whole duck

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Poultry sister squad.
We’re ready to serve your hunger belly!
photo: lacviettravel.com.vn
Desserts

Who would NOT love desserts? Dear fellows, let’s go for a treat outside. We know that sweet treats are the perfect choice for a good ending of a “food-ful” day.

*Hong Kong style pastries (Guilty pleasure alert!) – Inside the little bakery lies many little fluffy golden treasures lying ready-to-pick-up on the trays. The popular dessert pastries are pineapple buns, egg tarts, egg waffles, taro/pandan/durian puff pastries, etc. Those delightful rascals will manage to trick your mind to consume some more calories to your diet. They’re irresistible!

Address: ABC Bakery – 229-231-233, Nguyễn Trãi, Ward. 2, District. 5.

Price range: 15,000 – 30,000 VND.

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Are you in misery being on a diet? Grab a dessert to cheer you up! 😉
photo: pasgo.vn

Chè (Dessert soups) – ‘Eating desserts is good for your health!’ This weird declaration applies only to Chinese chè. Ingredients for cooking Chinese chè are water chestnuts, dried longans (fruit), seaweeds, silver tree-ear fungus, lotus roots, dried jujubes, etc. braised in rock sugars. It might be a bit scary hearing those unfamiliar ingredients. In fact, for thousands of years, the Chinese have been practising healing health problem with food. Chinese chè encourages the body’s detoxification process, enhances metabolism and balance body’s temperature.

Address: Chè Hà Ký – 138, Châu Văn Liêm Street, District 5.

Price range: 15,000 – 25,000 VND

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Dare: name all the ingredients you see in this bowl of ‘chè’. Hint: no you can’t, it’s too complicated.
photo: daotaobepvang.com

At the end of the day, we’ve had many memorable and impressive food experience. Enjoy your good sleep, and may tomorrow bring you another feast in Chinatown. Dear folks, I hope you’ll have a unique food experience in Saigon Chinatown following some of my suggestions. Much love!

Levi.


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