Don’t Leave Saigon If You Haven’t Tried These 10 Excellent Dishes

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Broken rice, pha lau, salad rolls … are not only good food but more than that, they have become an integral part of Saigon.

1. Broken rice

It is nothing wrong to say broken rice is a specialty of the specialty in Saigon. Broken rice is so typical and famous that in Saigon, people can eat it all day, even it is breakfast , lunch or dinner. For many people, it even is a perfect choice for supper.

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A full dish of broken rice includes a lot of things: rice (of course), accompanied by roasted ribs, eggs, pickle, sausages, … For more delicious, on the plate, people will add some onions and a sweet chili sauce.
The broken rice plate, not only full and delicious, also scores by its memorable flavor. The sweet fish sauce seeps into each grain of rice blended with the fatty aroma of grease to bring the flavor is difficult to resist. Specially, the ribs are marinated carefully and then baked on the charcoal as the delicious dishes difficult to describe. In addition, the price of this dish is also reasonable – only from 25 000 VND (1.1 USD) to 40 000 VND (1.5 USD) is enough for a full and delicious meal.

2. Crab soup

Crab soup is usually only available in restaurants or parties in Hanoi and in many northern provinces. However, in Saigon, this is a favorite snack and extremely popular, delicious. Indeed, in Saigon, you can fully enjoy a cup of quality crab soup on the sidewalk with an average price of 15.000 VND (0.6 USD) to 20.000 VND (0.9 USD) only.

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The ingredients of crab soup are varied, including crab meat, chicken, quail eggs, mushrooms. Many restaurants add also century egg, even pork brains to make soup more remarkable. The yellow sauce of crab soup with crabmeat served with cilantro and peppers gives a pleasant aroma and natural sweetness.
The crab soup is so attractive, suitable for both adults and children, so among the hundreds of Saigon snacks, crab soup always has its own place. No matter how of hot or cold weather, dry days or rainy winds, crab soup shops still attracts people to come everyday.

3. Fried flour

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Fried flour is a Chinese dish but when coming to Saigon, it was transformed to Vietnamese taste and gradually became a popular snack. A little oil is added, then people boil the flour and it turns ivory white. Then, the seller brought the dough in a square shape and pour it into a cold plate, cut it into the pieces and put them on hot oil.

4. Pha lau

Also originated from Chinese community in Saigon, pha lau has been a favorite snack of people in Saigon. The dish is made from the viscera of animals, the most common of which is from beef. You might be addictive to this dish after two or three times trying it.

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Pha lau’s broth includes spices and some medicinal herbs. The meat can be anything from the tongue, ear, viscera to the stomach of pigs and cows. A phá lấu pot is often boiled and spiced with coconut milk. The seller uses scissors and cutters to break the broken pieces into the cup before adding the broth every time a new customer comes.

The bowl of pha lau with brown color of broth served with a cup of sweet and sour sauce. Pha lau can be eaten with bread or noodles, both are very tasty. There are not many restaurants in Saigon selling pha lau but this is also a very typical street food in Saigon that you should try.

5. Rolls salad

Rolls salad, for long time, is a favorite food in Saigon, because there are not many dishes that can satisfy so many people. Fat people can eat roll salad s much as possible because it contains lots of vegetable and hence very healthy. Slim people can eat even more because it’s not fat. It can be eaten as a snack or well replaces the main meal.

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There are only four main ingredients : meat, rice paper, vegetables (raw vegetables and herbs), vermicelli, shrimp, making rolls salad delicious with enough sour, spicy, salty, sweet taste. Pork is selected from medium fat and lean meat; eye-catching red boiled or steamed prawns; you can add a little vermicelli, herbs, bean sprouts, salads, chives … use the rice paper to wrap them all and enjoy the delicious taste.

A delicious roll salad dish needs fresh raw materials. The maker should be skillful and clever, so that the roll is nice and eye-catching. Moreover, soy sauce also plays an important role, which includes two types: soy sauce and fish sauce. When eating rolls salad, dip it deep into the sauce bowl to feel the tasteful deliciousness of this popular dish.

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