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Vietnam food tour Saigon: Where to eat and What to expect

Posted By: Sao La Tours / Vietnam Travel Guides
Vietnamese cuisine is famous in the world for a long time. Therefore, it is great for tourists to take advantage of Saigon travel opportunities to enjoy special Vietnamese dishes.

Not only famous for “Pho”, but Vietnam is also a country with a diverse cuisine. Each province in Vietnam has its own culinary characteristics. If visitors want to taste typical dishes in many regions of Vietnam without going there, a Vietnam food tour Saigon is a great and suitable experience.

What are the best Vietnamese dishes in Saigon? 

Broken rice (Com Tam)

Rice is a familiar dish for every Vietnamese family, even Vietnamese people can eat rice 3 meals a day. Meanwhile, Broken rice is cooked broken rice grains, a well-known grain in Vietnam.

When you walk around Saigon, you will be interested to realize that there are many broken rice shops here. Broken rice appears in popular restaurants to luxurious Vietnamese restaurants.

A full plate of broken rice will include rice, grilled pork ribs, egg rolls, an omelet, a little cucumber served, and definitely indispensable fish sauce.

Vietnamese sandwich (Banh Mi)

‘Banh Mi’ is a famous Vietnamese sandwich that you should definitely try once in your life. Traditional Vietnamese bread is basically a baguette of French origin.

‘Banh Mi’ is a famous Vietnamese sandwich

‘Banh Mi’ is a famous Vietnamese sandwich (Source: Collected)

However, things that make it taste so great and special when it is made in Vietnam are the fillings inside such as pate, pork bologna, meatballs, omelets, pickled vegetables, etc. combined with butter, soy sauce, and other spices. 

Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho)

'Pho' has been a culinary symbol of Vietnam for many years. Not only foreign tourists, but Vietnamese people also love this traditional dish.

'Pho' has been a culinary symbol of Vietnam for many years

'Pho' has been a culinary symbol of Vietnam for many years (Source: Collected)

The main ingredient to make soft noodles is rice. Meanwhile, the broth is stewed beef, pork, or chicken bones. Therefore, ‘Pho’ is a nutritious and healthy dish. When eating ‘Pho’, diners often use it with some herbs and green onions.

Vietnamese Grilled Pork & Rice Noodles (Bun Thit Nuong)

If you expect to taste a Vietnamese dish that is colorful and full of salty, sweet, sour, and spicy flavors, you probably shouldn't miss the Vietnamese Grilled Pork & Rice Noodles, or ‘Bun Thit Nuong’ in Vietnamese.

An excellent bowl of grilled pork vermicelli usually includes vermicelli, chopped grilled pork, spring rolls, and certainly indispensable ingredients such as herbs, cucumber, bean sprouts, and sweet and sour fish sauce.

Pancakes (Banh Xeo)

Vietnamese pancake or 'Banh Xeo' is considered a popular fast food in Saigon. It is made rice flour and is filled with bean sprouts, onions, pork, shrimp, and some other seafood. 

Vietnamese pancake or 'Banh Xeo' is considered a popular fast food in Saigon

Vietnamese pancake or 'Banh Xeo' is considered a popular fast food in Saigon (Source: Collected)

In Saigon, diners often prefer large, thick, and crispy pancakes. While in some other provinces, ‘Banh Xeo’ will be shaped smaller.

You can eat pancakes with vegetables such as lettuce, herbs, rice paper, and sweet and sour fish sauce which is the soul of this dish.

Steamed sticky rice (Xoi)

Steamed sticky rice or ‘Xoi’ in Vietnamese is a popular breakfast dish in Vietnam. 

Like many other traditional Vietnamese dishes, 'Xoi' is made a special type of rice, called glutinous rice. People soak the glutinous rice for about 4 hours, then bring them to steam with nuts (if any) to obtain the finished product 'Xoi'.

'Xoi' can be served with sausages, pork bologna, beef rolls, pork, chicken, pate, and even braised eggs. However, it is sometimes enjoyed in the simplest way, with sesame salt.

Vietnamese spring roll (Goi Cuon)

Vietnamese spring roll or ‘Goi Cuon’ is a complex dish. It is made vermicelli, shrimp, meat, herbs, and some other vegetables. All these ingredients are wrapped in rice paper.

Vietnamese spring roll or ‘Goi Cuon’ is a complex dish

Vietnamese spring roll or ‘Goi Cuon’ is a complex dish (Source: Collected)

Diners when enjoying this dish will be served with a special sauce made soy sauce and peanuts. Thus, the taste it gives is excellent.

What can visitors expect the Vietnam food tour Saigon?

Great Taste

The special thing in Vietnamese cuisine is the ability of chefs to combine all 5 flavors: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy in a dish. However, there are dishes that will focus on one or a few of these five flavors.

Vietnamese dishes are skillfully prepared with 'heating' and 'cooling' ingredients to create a balance in the diet. In addition, many dishes are served according to the season, which makes Vietnamese cuisine a unique taste depending on the certain time of year.

Variety of Vietnamese dishes

Vietnam is a country with many ethnicities in the territory and has experienced many historical periods of being invaded by a number of foreign countries. That is the reason why Vietnamese cuisine has become diverse over time. Moreover, Vietnamese cuisine is characterized by regions.

However, all Vietnamese dishes have in common that they use rice as the main ingredient and blend 5 basic flavors including salty, sweet, sour, spicy, and bitter.

Nutritional value

Most Vietnamese dishes contain many nutrients that are good for your health because chefs often balance ingredients such as meat, seafood, and eggs with vegetables for dishes.

Moreover, as a developed agricultural country, you certainly will not worry about the quality of vegetables or fruits in Vietnam. Whether you're at a casual diner or a luxury restaurant, you will have great experiences.

Low cost

It’s absolutely right that Vietnamese food is cheap. However, that does not mean that the quality of the food is bad.

The cost of the dishes is cheap because the chefs buy the ingredients at a low cost. Moreover, the Vietnamese currency unit has a lower value compared to many other currencies in the world. For example, the dollar.

Where can you find a Saigon Tour?

Sao La Tours is the best travel agency in Vietnam. Sao La Tours will help you have a great experience because we have a team of the best local tour guides.

Experienced guides can take you place to place and tell you stories of the culture and history in Saigon. It is certainly not a problem if you want a Vietnam food tour Saigon.

Contact us now at saolatours.

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