Where to eat like a Saigonese | Cruise Mekong River

Where to eat like a Saigonese

Banh cuon Hong Han
Saigon, which is the one-time capital of Southern Vietnam, is arguably the most exciting metropolis in Southeast Asia. Saigon, which is referred to officially by the government as Ho Chi Minh City since 1975, is a sprawling spread of suburbs, districts and cities within cities, each of which is steeped in history and marinated in insanely mouthwatering dishes from across Vietnam. It is not exaggerating to say that Saigon is a perfect place for those who are looking for the epitome of an urban jungle, all while sampling the best bites that this country has to offer.If you want to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine like a real Saigonese, don’t hesitate but follow your taste buds to these awesome dining destinations.

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Banh Mi Hoa Ma

Banh mi Hoa Ma

Banh mi Hoa Ma- source: internet

Exploring with an ice-cold ca phe den da (or iced black coffee) should be the best way to greet the sweltering heat of Saigon city, which wakes up early. Your next stop should be at Banh Mi Hoa Ma for the perfect plate of op la for breakfast once you have broken your first sweat of the day and worked up an appetite. A crazed blending of both East and West, a simple dish made up of slices of various breakfast meats, eggs and sautéed onions, along with a chewy baguette, op la are devoured by not only Saigonese but also foreign visitors alike. Take a seat in the alley adjacent to the shop, see morning deliveries being made, and attempt to count the number of scooters as they shepherd Saigon’s locals to school, work and beyond, then you will have unforgettable experience. It’s Saigon town at its best basic and charm.

The Lunch Lady

The Lunch Lady

The Lunch Lady- source: internet

When it comes to local lore and respect, no one outshines The Lunch Lady although Saigon is bursting at the seams with stunning food at all price points you can imagine. Even though, Anthony Bourdain has been known for years, it wasn’t until the 2000s, when she visited her then-small operation—little more than a few stools, a pot and a cart that she really became a legend. You can find a staff of at least 10 and ample seating for the endless flow of eaters who are simply served whatever the shop’s namesake feels like cooking if you visit The Lunch Lady on the Far East side of District 1. You simply sit and devour whatever is put in front of you, there is no ordering, no menu. Undoubtedly, this will be one of the best meals you can try in Saigon.

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The Refinery

The Refinery

The Refinery- source: internet

The Refinery, which is situated in a one-time opium processing facility, is now better known for an extensive wine list and their excellent continental menu. At the very least it serves as a stunning place to think about where Saigon used to be as a city, where it is nowadays, and where it will be in the future, all while sampling a mouthwatering dessert and a digestif. Not only locals and travelers but also expats rub elbows at The Refinery, which trades stories of their time in Saigon and tries to define a city that seduces many, but seldom lets anyone know itself.

Banh cuon Hong Hanh

Banh cuon Hong Han

Banh cuon Hong Han- source: internet

Even though Saigon has a wide number of specialties that it can lay claim to, what makes it truly special is the city’s wide range of offerings from throughout Vietnam. Among them, Banh cuon Hong Hanh, a family run restaurant in District One focusing on Hue cuisine is a fine example. The wide-ranging menu covers all the classics you can find in the former imperial capital, but the banh cuon itself, steamed rice crepes rolled with white pepper and pork and topped with steamed pork sausage and curled fried garlic is their real specialty. The tables are no frills steel, the second floor balcony offers you an overlook of the hustle of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street below, and it will cost you back less than $4 total for a multi-dish feast. Although you would never end up there on your own, sometimes it pays to be in the know when wandering through Saigon’s busy and crowded streets.

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