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If you only have one day in Ho bỏ ra Minh City, spend the day eating. trade-union.com.vn"s most dynamic city is filled lớn the brim with good food. People from all over trade-union.com.vn come lớn Ho chi Minh city to work, bringing with them recipes from their hometowns that over time trang điểm the metropolis’ exciting culinary scene. Here"s our insider guide to lớn five dishes you don"t want lớn miss.

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Broken rice equals a wholesome breakfast

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Ask anyone in Ho đưa ra Minh City & they will tell you the go-to breakfast here is cơm trắng tấm (broken rice). Cơm trắng tấm is one of the few dishes that originated in Ho đưa ra Minh City. In the old days, these special broken rice grains were not fit for sale, so farmers would save and eat them. In fact, the tấm rice grains are so symbolic of humble beauty and grace that in the trade-union.com.vnese version of Cinderella, she was named Tấm whereas the evil stepsister was called Cám, after a different kind of rice byproduct.

Cơm tấm has all the right stuff khổng lồ kickstart your day: honey-glazed barbecued pork chops, sunny-side-up eggs, spring onions, & pickled papaya on a bed of rice. Of course, these days you can have cơm tấm for any meal.Everyone in Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị has his or her favourite cơm tấm spot, but don’t be afraid to try out the one closest khổng lồ you. It will likely be just as good. Pour a generous amount of sweet fish sauce on đứng đầu of everything on your plate, & dig in.

TRY IT:Cơm tấm tía Ghiền, 84 Đặng Văn Ngữ Str., Phú Nhuận District, HCMC


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Snails, skewers, & seafood

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The area of District 4 is known for its many sidewalk BBQ seafood and snail joints. The small street of Vĩnh Khánh (District 4, Ho chi Minh City) comes lớn life just after dark. Around 6pm, it transforms into a bustling neighbourhood, filled with diners gathering for a beer over some snails và seafood skewers, weekdays and weekends alike. For foodies who want khổng lồ immerse in the lively atmosphere of Ho bỏ ra Minh City, head lớn the restaurants along Nhiêu Lộc – Thị Nghè Canal (bờ kè area), a branch of the Saigon River that runs through the city.

While snails may sound foreign lớn some, they are one of the city’s most famous specialties. Snail restaurants lay out fresh catches of the day in baskets or trays for you to choose from. They can go up khổng lồ twenty different kinds. From stir-fried with butter and garlic, grilled with sea salt & chilli, to stewed in coconut milk, each way of cooking snails pairs perfectly with each type of snail. Sweet snails, cockles, & razor clams are some local favourites. Overwhelmed by these selections? Simply ask what the other diners are eating và they will be happy khổng lồ help you.

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TRY IT: Ốc Vũ, 37 Vĩnh Khánh Str., District 4, HCMC

The many faces of hủ tiếu

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Because of its culturally diverse population, countless versions of a single dish are a common theme in the local food scene. Few dishes are as representative of this thành phố as hủ tiếu. It has multiple origins (Chinese, Cambodian, and trade-union.com.vnese), và has seen many changes và adaptations, yet it"s embraced by trade-union.com.vnese everywhere.You can easily find a hearty bowl of hủ tiếu nam Vang (Phnom Penh rice noodles) with thin strings of rice noodles submerged in boiling hot bone broth, topped with shrimp, pork, quail eggs, và fried garlic on small carts all over the city.

An alternative you don’t want to lớn miss is hủ tiếu Sa Đéc, originated from the former Sa Đéc province in the Mekong Delta. This flavourful noodle dish comes with a special sweet sauce, a taste signature lớn the Delta region. As you bite into the rice noodle strings, you will notice the difference in their chewy texture. A plate of mung bean sprout & lettuce adds a cheerful crunch khổng lồ every bite.

TRY IT:Hủ tiếu ba Hoàng, 56 Võ Văn Tần Str., District 3, HCMC

A bánh mì like no other

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You can find bánh mỳ anywhere in trade-union.com.vn, but each region puts its own twist on the classic sandwich. In Ho đưa ra Minh City, a typical bánh mỳ comes with char siu pork, homemade paté, soft butter, pickled papaya, và hot chili peppers. Some cooks make their own special sauce that magically ties everything together.

Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa is a firm favourite among locals. Known for their generous fillings & spectacular flavours, the small cửa hàng always has a line of dedicated diners waiting in front, no matter what time of day. Each one sets you back 42,000 VNĐ, và is almost twice as big as your average bánh mì. But kích thước is not the only thing that sets Huỳnh Hoa apart. Every wonderful bite contains equal measures of all the fantastic tastes và textures. In the words of the Huỳnh Hoa"s owner: “This is no ordinary bánh mì!”

TRY IT:Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa, 26 Lê Thị riêng rẽ Str., District 1, HCMC

Summertime spring rolls

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For trade-union.com.vnese who grew up in Ho đưa ra Minh City, gỏi cuốn (fresh spring rolls) are the food of childhood. Many of us would have these spring rolls on the sidewalks as an after-school snack. You can easily get a taste of this wrap at street food vendors around the city. Pull up a plastic stool, order a plate of gỏi cuốn, và see for yourself what makes this simple dish so special.

Freshness is at the heart of gỏi cuốn. Green lettuce and herbs are wrapped around rice noodles, steamed pork, & a single prawn. The simplicity highlights each ingredient"s pure flavours. However, the difference between a great gỏi cuốn và a mediocre one lies in its dipping sauce. The thick fermented sauce can be an acquired taste, but give it a try và you will see where gỏi cuốn gets its boldness. After hours of exploring the city, some gỏi cuốn and iced tea is perfect for a break. Not lớn mention, these beautiful rolls will definitely spice up your Instagram feed.

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TRY IT: Gỏi cuốn Minh, 84/33 Bùi Viện Str., District 1, HCMC

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