Although there are many ‘cháo lòng’ eateries in Vietnam, here we are going to show you the most delicious and famous pig congee places throughout the country. In fact, each region of the country has a different way of making and tasting ‘cháo lòng’, so remember to do your research before coming to a certain area.
Street food in Hanoi is actually one of the most famous features of the capital of the country. And ‘cháo lòng’, though not as famous as other Hanoi street food, also stand out differently from its brothers and sisters in the South. It’s best to enjoy ‘cháo lòng’ at a carrying pole by a local person on the street, in a cold winter day. What could be better than a hot bowl of congee in the cooling wind breezing through your body, warming it up? To assist you with your choices, here is a list of famous traditional ‘cháo lòng’ restaurants in Hanoi (source: danviet.vn):
Cháo lòng Hàng Tre (Bamboo Street cháo lòng)
The local Hanoian with the love for cháo lòng usually comes to Hàng Tre. The restaurant is situated at the main street so it is very easy to find. This restaurant usually serves cháo lòng from the early morning to noon. Although this is just a simple and affordable restaurant, many people love to come here.
The hot bowl of congee with the refreshing smell of vegetables and peppers.
Like many other congee restaurants, the congee is cooked traditionally in Northern style, the colour of the congee is a little cloudy, served with pig’s offal and thin slices of liver. When tasting, people often sprinkle the congee with pepper and fresh herb or add a little bit of fish sauce for additional savour.
Open time: from early morning to noon
Price: 30,000 VND (1.32$)/bowl
Cháo lòng Ô Quan Chưởng
Just a noble restaurant, small space of serving, simple furniture but this cháo lòng place is always full of customers because of the specially made pig’s offal congee. A bowl of congee served at this place is always full of delicious pig’s guts with thin pure congee.
The bowl of congee is served with its full beauty.
All the ingredients is kept clean, the chef only chopped and cut and slightly cooked through the thin congee which has been boiled in the kitchen. Therefore, customers have to wait a little longer than usual, but you will find every single second you waited is worthy because the guts is very brittle, fragrant and without any stink.
Open time: 3:30pm – 10:30m
Price: 40,000VND (1.76$)/bowl
Cháo lòng Đào Duy Từ
If you are looking for delicious but cheap food in Hanoi, you could never miss the cháo lòng place at the front of Đào Duy Từ alley. This is just a very small eating place with 4-5 plastic tables, even customers sometimes have to sit together with strangers, but is always crowded with people coming in and out for their amazing congee.
The congee here is served in full, filled with hearts, stomach, colon, liver and only little congee. They also add some daisy vegetables and spring onion on top of the congee.
It’s a very interesting experience to enjoy pig’s offal congee in the cool air of Hanoi.
The incredible flavor of congee here can easily please any critical customer.
Open time: all day
Price: 40,000VND (1.76$)/bowl
Cháo lòng Hàng Phèn
One of the delicious eating places in Hanoi is the restaurant at the front of Hàng Phèn Street, with the age of 20 years. None of a connoisseur in food is unfamiliar with this restaurant.
The congee restaurant is at the front of Hàng Phèn Street, cross Thuốc Bắc Street (Photo: Ngoisao)
This is only a street eating place with several plastic tables and chairs but customers keep coming all the time. In the cool atmosphere of autumn, sitting silently with a spoon of congee, enjoying the extraordinary taste, the solidarity, the sweet smell of congee and herbs is one of a unmissable experience in Hanoi.
Price: 40,000VND (1.76$)/bowl
The South of Vietnam, especially Ho Chi Minh City’s cháo lòng is very different from the North. Thanks to the creativity and generosity of Southern people, they have created such a different taste of cháo lòng here, compared to the North. The easiest way to distinguish a bowl of cháo lòng cooked in the Northern way with a bowl of cháo lòng cooked in the Southern way is to identify their sweetness. The Southern cháo lòng bowl is much sweeter than the one made by the Northern. However, the truth is, the real difference lies in the heart of yours, or should I say, the mouth of yours. Only by tasting both bowl of pig’s offal congee could you ever understand the uniqueness of cháo lòng of different cultures and regions. Here is a list of famous ‘cháo lòng’ places in Hồ Chí Minh City:
Cháo lòng hẻm Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai (Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Street’s alley)
This is my personal favourite ‘cháo lòng‘ eatery in Ho Chi Minh City. This restaurant is located in a small alley on Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Street, an alley so small in the center of Saigon that even a car could not come in.
Although this place is not easy to find at all, but everyday, from about 2pm to late night, this alley is always crowded with people, from normal students to elegant customers, all cháo lòng lovers, coming to enjoy their delicious bowl of pig’s offal congee.
Beside pig’s offal congee, this place also serve many other familiar dishes bearing the bold taste of Saigon such as salad rolls, dried beefs, papaya salad,etc. Also, the special feature that makes this place one of the most famous cháo lòng restaurant is its harmonious combination between the taste of Northern and Southern congee.
Open time: 2pm to late night
Price: 30,000VND (1.32$)/small bowl, 45,000VND (1.98$)/big bowl/blood congee, 70.000VND (3.09$/ big plate of pig’s offal only,…
Address: 153 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City
Night pig’s offal congee near Bến Thành Market
This place, situated at the West Gate of Bến Thành Market, is only a carrying pole but is always crowded. The congee here is very nice, soft, delicious and rich.
Open time: 06:00 PM – 03:00 AM
Price: 30,000VND – 45,000VND (1.32$ – 1.98$)
Address: 49 Phan Chu Trinh, Bến Thành Province, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh City.
Cháo Lòng 374
The congee here is very delicious, nice seasoning, the pig’s offal is fresh, and herbs are cleaned. Very devoted service.
Adress: 374 Lê Văn Sỹ, P. 2, quận Tân Bình, TP. HCM
Open time: 06:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Price: 15,000VND – 33,000VND (0.66$ – 1.45$)
Another way of finding the best cháo lòng restaurant for you is to ask any local you see, if you can. They always know best. If you ever come to Vietnam, do not forget to try out this extraordinary congee, if you have the guts.
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