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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Food Hunting Trip



There is nowhere better to immerse yourself in the authentic flavors of Vietnamese street food than Ho Chi Minh. The fresh light flavors of the local food are a perfect compliment to their warm climate. There are also plenty of restaurants serving up regional specialties from the the centre and the north.

Xoi Ga Number One
15 Nguyen Trung Truc,
P.Ben Thanh, Quan 1
Ho Chi Minh
Tel: (08) 38 250 818
Food price: VND20,000 - VND50,000

XOI GA Number One, a humble restaurant with metal chrome tables and plastic chair which is frequented by locals after work hour before making their way home. Many locals stop by for snack on spring rolls or small bowl of noodles. You can tell the restaurant is good when the crowds keep coming in. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/03/xoi-ga-number-one-ho-chi-minh.html
PHO 2000 @ Ho Chi Minh
1-3 Đ Phan Chu Trinh (opposite Ben Thanh Market)
District #1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: (84.8) 822 2788

At PHO 2000, broth is cooked with only the best ingredients to bring real natural flavoring to their PHO noodle soup. Quality ingredients such as bone, oxtail, brisket, flank, eye round steak, tendon and book tripe are essential for preparing an authentic bowl of Vietnamese PHO. PHO 2000 is popular in Vietnam, overseas and more recently, many in Korea Town, Los Angeles, have voted PHO 2000 as "BEST PHO" restaurant in Los Angeles. PHO 2000 is not only famous for their delicious and healthy soup, but also for their quick and professional services. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/02/pho-2000-ho-chi-minh.html
 
Highlands Coffee
75 Nguyen Du, District 1
Ho Chi Minh City.
Highlands Coffee brand launched into high end hotels and supermarkets in 2000 via packaged roast and ground coffee. They opened their first cafe in October 2002 and now with over 50 cafes in Vietnam. Highlands Coffee has funky contemporary deco, with friendly table service, free Wi-Fi, and fantastic fresh roast Vietnamese coffee. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/03/highland-coffee-ho-chi-minh.html
 

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Ngo 89 Nguyen Du - Tra Chanh Chem Gio
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

A nice and cheap place for a Pho. It is useful to remember that you do not necessarily have to spend 50,000 dong on a good local Vietnamese meal if you explore accordingly. This is a small noodle and bread stall, serving excellent Pho where local eats and only cost you 25,000-30,000 dong for a bowl of noodle. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/03/ngo-89-ho-chi-minh.html

Kem Bach Dang Ice Cream
26-28 Le Loi St., District 1, HCMC
Kem Bach Dang has 2 branches across the street from each other, at the corner of Le Loi St. and Pasteur St.

Kem Bach Dang is a little walking distance from the Opera House and was packed to capacity when you drop in on a weekend evening, it is a favorite meeting place for Saigonese, for sure it is a must visit dessert place when you're in Vietnam. Some reckons the ice cream here have a better flavor and texture than substitutes found elsewhere. The atmosphere here is not exactly posh but it's air conditioned, friendly, hassle free and serve juices, smoothies, shakes, beer and ice cream. You get a glass of complimentary iced tea when you sit down. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/02/kem-bach-dang-ice-cream-ho-chi-minh.html
 
Hu Tiu Mi Thap Cham
62 Truong Dinh, P.Ben Thanh,
District 1, Ho Chí Minh
Hu Tieu Mi is a Vietnamese Pork Noodle Soup, it is absolute my favorite that are made out of the Chinese-influenced noodle soup. The highlight was the clear soup, in order to achieve this, the pork bones used to make the broth needs to boiled and cleaned, and one has to be diligent about skimming off any fat or foam that rises to the surface. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/02/hu-tiu-mi-thap-cham-ho-chi-minh.html
 
Bun Moc Thanh Mai
14 Truong Dinh
District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
DT: (08)38232885

Thanh Mai specializes in Bun Moc - a vermicelli noodle soup made from a pork and mushroom infused broth. It's one of the Vietnamese favorite breakfast other then their Vietnam's national dish, the noodle soup known as Pho. The meats in Bun Moc commonly include pork paste balls made from raw pork sausauge, cha lua (pork sausage). This is a delicious and light noodle soup made popular in the northern parts of Vietnam, but can be found throughout the country. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/01/ho-chi-minh-food-bun-moc-thanh-mai.html
 

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In Vietnam you can get to try out some of the best street food in the world and the options are endless. Start from the simplest fruit, baguette to pho. Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is the best city in Vietnam to try street food. Pho is the most popular food among the Vietnamese population. Pho is originally from Hanoi; a hearty noodle soup is now popular nation wide. Pho, commonly eaten for breakfast, although many people will have it for their lunch or dinner.

Small stalls serve up sandwiches or cheap eats are virtually every street corner in the city. Sausage, pate, pickled vegetables and chilies are the best combination, though salted pork and even vegetarian options are quite good. Other soups such as Bun Bo Hue, a Chinese inspired hu tieu (thick rice noodle soup). At lunch is best to try their broken rice at the street stalls where dishes are prepare and place on shelves, you just pick dishes you want to go with your rice, just like our Malaysia economy rice. The dining experience is quite amazing, when you are eating while sitting on the sidewalk in children height plastic chair and table. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/01/ho-chi-minh-citys-street-food.html
Hai Lua Food Countryside, Ben Thanh Market 
Intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao Avenues and Le Lai Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This seafood restaurant opens at 7:30pm during the night market hours

Hai Lua Food Countryside is open air place located at the night market outside Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh. Walking around 20 minutes approximately to reach Ben Thanh market from the hotel we stayed "Palace Hotel Saigon" made it convenient to had dinner at Hai Lua. It was a  great experience dining here, it's an open kitchen with couple of grills outside, where you can see your food being prepared. The ambiance of the place was simple, using plastic chairs and tables. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/01/hai-lua-food-countryside-ho-chi-minh.html
 
Pho 24
14 Phan Boi Chau St., Dist. 1, HCMC, Vietnam
Tel: (84-8) 3827 4155
Pho24 is s local fast food chain, clean modern chain found everywhere in Ho Chi Minh City serving excellent beef noodle soup at affordable prices. Pho24 is a Vietnamese noodle restaurant chain belonging to VTI (owner of Highlands Coffee, Hard Rock Cafe, Emporio Armani, Swarovski, Aldo, La Vie En Rose, Debenhams, Coorslight, Orangina and etc). Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/01/pho-24-vietnamese-pho-noodle-ho-chi-minh.html

Binh Tay Market
57A Thap Moui, District 6,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Taxi fare from Palace Hotel Saigon to Binh Tay Market VDN113,000)

Binh Tay Market is the main market of Cho Lon. Cho Lon is the largest Chinatown in Vietnam, it lies on the west bank of the Saigon River, consists of the western half of District 5 as well as several adjoining neighborhoods in District 6. The Vietnamese name Cho Lon literally means "big" (lớn) "market" (chợ). The Chinese name (and original name) of Cho Lon is pronounced Tai-Ngon in Cantonese and Dī'àn in Mandarin which means "embankment". Today, Cho Lon especially attracts many Mainland Chinese and Taiwanese tourists.

Binh Tay market, located on the edge of District 6 in Saigon’s Chinatown (or Cho Lon), is situated between Thap Muoi and Phan Van Khoe Streets, just a 20-25 minutes by car from the centre of District 1. It's a 2 level of indoor market, you'll find more Vietnamese local and less tourist shop here. Most stalls here cater for those who buy in bulk, it's a more a wholesaler market. In fact, many Vietnamese who operate stalls at markets in other parts of the city come here to buy their supplies. Here you can definitely get a bargain price for the goods. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/02/binh-tay-market-chinatown-ho-chi-minh.html


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When you are in Ho Chi Minh City, try to stay nearby Cho Ben Thanh, this is a central area for tourist attractions. You can conveniently walk to the presidential palace, cathedral and etc. Ben Thanh Market is the largest indoor marketplace in the city, the most famous as well centrally located in the city of Saigon and is the liveliest areas. No visit to Ho Chi Minh would be complete without experiencing the chaos and madness of the Ben Thanh Market. You can find out more about Saigonese daily life here, their food, clothes and daily used items: vegetables, meats, spices, sweets, tobacco, clothing, hardware and etc. Also quite a selection of souvenir items but you will need to bargain efficiently here, as prices are usually higher than elsewhere.

Ben Thanh market is located in district 1 and if you stay in this area everywhere is just a walking distance. You can easily see it with the belfry and the clock on its entrance. Opposite of this is a statue of a horseman in the center of a round about.

Walking will be the best way to get around the city and you can explore more interesting places, if you really have to take a taxi I recommended you to take Vinasun and Mailinh taxi which is known for complying ther rules and used of calibrated meters.

At Ben Thanh Market you can get lots of stuff here like coffee as in all kinds of coffee- grounds, beans, powder, etc.! Lots of bags, shirts, souvenir items- shirts, key chains, frames, caps etc.. I also like the big fruits being sold here. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/02/ben-thanh-market-ho-chi-minh.html


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Night markets have contributed to making Ho Chi Minh City charms and the main attraction for visitors. The night market is the best place to sample Vienamese traditional cuisines that are not available in restaurant. Eating and drinking on the street is very popular in Vietnam and their night markets offer a great window into the life of the city. If there is a chance I highly recommended you to join the crowds eating on the street for an experienced that can't be matched by a hotel restaurant.

Ho Chi Minh City has many night markets, one of the most special markets is Minh Phung in District 6, which opens from 2pm to midnight. This is the world of accessories for women like jewelry, handbags, clothes and etc. Many sellers sit flat on the ground to sell piles of underwear, towels, kids wear, footwear and etc.

Ky Hoa night market which opens from 5pm to around 2am on Cao Thang road, District 10 is also one of the favorite destination for tourists. This is the largest night market in Ho Chi Minh City with over 250 stalls, selling clothes, cosmetics, jewelry, handicraft items, food and especially sale-off products. This market lures large numbers of students and young people, specialize in cheap goods to cater for them and are located out of town near universities and textile factories. The food in Ky Hoa surprisingly cheap and good, for just less than VND30,000 for a bowl of noodles or a plate of broken-rice with grilled pork and fried egg, plus a glass of sugar cane juice on the side. You will find a similar atmosphere at Binh Tay / Cho Lon, Hoa Hung and Ba Chieu night markets.

Ben Thanh Night Market - Intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao Avenues and Le Lai Street, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Business hours: 7:00pm - 12:00am
Ben Thanh market is a must visit address for tourists because it symbolize Ho Chi Minh City, with nearly 100-year history. Over half of visitors to Ben Thanh market are tourists and for the unwritten principle for shopping at Ben Thanh market is the buyer should bargain half of the price offered by the seller. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/02/night-markets-in-saigon-ho-chi-minh-city.html
 
Palace Hotel Saigon
56-66 Nguyen Hue St,
Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel (84-8) 38292860
Fax (84-8) 38244229
Email: reservation@palacesaigon.com
Room Rates: around US$100-$125 per night

If you are looking for a sophisticated leisure hotel in the heart of Ho Chi Minh city, Palace Hotel Saigon is one of the best choice. It's located on a very desired address of the renowned street, Nguyen Hue Boulevard, it's only 8km away from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, walking distance to shopping areas, traditional boutique shops, entertainment venues of Dong Khoi, Nguyen Hue Streets, Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh Status square, Opera House, Ben Thanh market, Ho Chi Minh City town hall, Notre Dame Cathedral and Reunification Palace and many commercial buildings around the corners.

The hotel may look old from outside, the rooms are in good condition as it has been refurbished. At the desire location, within walking distance to some tourist highlights, markets and malls. There are plenty of restaurants close to the hotel even the river is within a 10 minute walking distance. Link http://www.everydayfoodilove.co/2013/03/palace-hotel-saigon-ho-chi-minh.html
 
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