SAIGON: TOP 10 EATS (Vietnamese Street Food Guide)

SAIGON: TOP 10 EATS (Vietnamese Street Food Guide)


What’s up, everybody? Phil here! I’m in Saigon, Vietnam right now for a few
days eating some delicious foods. Here are the Top 10 Vietnamese dishes you
need to try! Let’s go!!! Now one of the first and most obvious things
you wanna try when you’re in Vietnam is bánh mì, which is basically a sandwich with
a whole bunch of different meats and veggies in it. You’re probably familiar with this and have
had it at some point before, but these are gonna be all over the place no matter where
you go in Vietnam. Now there are many different kinds of bánh
mì and there’s all different kinds of ingredients you can have in it, but this is a pretty standard
one here with meats and cucumber, cilantro, pâté, and a lot of pepper, too! Crunchy and fresh here. We got this from a bánh mì place in Saigon
called “Huỳnh Hoa,” now again, these are all over the place so you don’t need
to go to this specific place obviously, but be sure to try it while you’re in Vietnam,
it’s a must! Stopping in for breakfast now at this random
stall that we came to here at Chợ Bến Thành, the Ben Thanh Market. I got a bún riêu, which is actually a crab
soup and there’s all kinds of stuff in here, there’s little bits of tofu, there’s some
tomato, there’s also little bits of crab, noodles are really, really good here, too. Overall, it’s a really nice, warm, and hearty
bowl of soup. Even on a hot day, it’s really, really good
and it’s just so rich and full of that seafood flavor. One of the foods we’re gonna try here now
is called chuối nướng nếp. What this is is basically a really popular
snack that is made up of some grilled banana with some coconut milk on it, some sesame
and surprisingly it’s not too sweet. It’s grilled banana but somehow when you
grill it, the flavor comes out where it’s a tiny bit savory so it’s not overwhelmingly
sweet and it’s just really delicious. Another great food to try when you’re in
Saigon is bún bò Huế. “Bún” is the round noodle, “bò”
is the beef, and “Huế” is the city in Central Vietnam where it originated from. Basically, people think it’s similar to
phở in that it kinda looks similar kinda, but it’s really very different. Instead of the flat noodles that you have
with phở, you have round noodles. It’s a really spicy and herby soup with
some really strong lemongrass flavor. Bún bò Huế is delicious and you’ve gotta
try it when you come here because it’s very, very common. We’re sitting here with these tiny little
stools hunched over a little table and this is one of the best little snacks we’ve had
here so far. These little pieces of beef have lemongrass
within them and they’re really, really flavorful, really juicy, really tender, and just easy
to bite into. There’s also morning glory with also some
chili sauce and some tamarind sauce on the side with some garlic in it. Another must-try while you’re in Saigon
is bánh xèo, it’s a Vietnamese crepe. Looks like egg, but it’s actually basically
a pancake with turmeric on it, so it gets that egg-looking golden-ish color. You got this giant crispy pancake with some
bean sprouts, some shrimp, and then what you do is you take that, you fold it, basically
chop it up so you can serve it onto the lettuce and the wasabi leaf, put it all together,
wrap it up, and then when you eat it, you dip it in to the fish sauce and it’s very
flavorful, very fragrant and super crunchy. Really satisfying to eat! And bánh xèo is honestly pretty commonly
found all over the place so it shouldn’t be hard for you to find. Sitting on a tiny plastic stool hunched over
a tiny plastic table, getting another one of the essential things to get when you’re
in Saigon, this is cơm tấm, this is broken rice. And it comes served with pork and egg and
also some fish sauce on the side. You pour just a little bit because it’s
spicy and because the flavor can be pretty strong. Mmm! So simple, but it’s so good! A fun food that’s gonna be a pretty unique
experience to eat is actually snail! So we got here a plate of snails that are
stir-fried with garlic and what you do is you basically take the little fork, you pick
the meat out, you pick the snail out of the shell, you dip it into this little saucer
that they have of the salt and pepper and some chili and lemon and they also have this
spicy green sauce. Not exactly sure what it is, but it’s really,
really good! It’s a little bit meaty and chewy, but it
goes really well with that little spiciness from this green sauce here. Because the snail takes a while to pick out
and because it’s very salty and tasty, it’s really, really good to go with some beer. It’s honestly not something that I eat terribly
often, snails, but it’s definitely a unique experience to do while you’re in Vietnam. Now it’s breakfast time and this is an obvious
one, but while you’re in Saigon, you definitely need to try some phở. So what we got here is this is a phở đặc
biệt, which is basically just a combo phở soup. I’m sure you’ve all had phở before,
but it’s gonna be so much better when you’re here with all the herbs and delicious meat
and really, really rich broth. And in addition to the phở being really
good, they also served it here with some dầu chéo quẩy, which is like a fried breadstick. It’s just another thing to eat and it’s
really, really good when you dip it in the broth and just soak up all that flavor. And the last thing to try on our list is bánh
cuốn, it’s a steamed rice roll that’s stuffed with shrimp and meat and some shallots on here, too. We’re dipping it in this fish sauce with
some chili in it. And one thing to note when you’re eating
this is that when you take that first bite, you’re gonna mostly just have the rice roll
on it so you’re not gonna get that much flavor, but once you bite into, all of that
spiciness and the meat comes through. And the restaurant we’re trying out right
now is a place called Bánh Cuốn Hải Nam, super delicious and I really recommend trying
this if you trying to really have some authentic Vietnamese cuisine! So those are just 10 of our recommendations
for things you should eat when you come to Saigon, but there are so many delicious foods
in this city, we really recommend for you to get out and try something new because there’s
so much amazing stuff to eat. If you liked the video, give it a big thumbs
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