Hello fellow learners and lovers of the Vietnamese language!

Like all of us at IziViet you want to hear about the best dishes in Saigon while learning Vietnamese!

Saigon is home to such a variety of food …one can never stop enjoying it! 

Each area in Vietnam has their own specialty and the choice of what you can eat is endless. Here anything goes to make a new dish and the creativity of the Vietnamese cuisine is mind boggling. 

Over the centuries all the influences from around the world have added their touch making recipes a highlight for any palate. 

You’ll rejoice in trying new things. 

Take the opportunity to chat about food while tasting our 5 favorite dishes!

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Here is IziViet’s top 5  list:             


  • Hủ tiếu bò kho: it is a hearty, spicy and aromatic broth with diced beef, carrot and lemongrass. The bò kho is served over noodles with or without a warm baguette for dunking. A divine mix of flavors and fragrances will enchant all your senses. The cooking process is complex and long so a really good bowl of bò kho is rare, but when you find one there’s nothing quite like it.
  • Mì Vịt tiềm: Sliced tender roasted duck over fresh spinach noodles in a delicately spiced broth garnished with scallions and cilantro served with pickles and bean sprouts. The very thick and dark tasty broth is based on so many ingredients that Saigoneers will go out to eat this special dish. You should too.
  • Bánh khọt: it is a mini-sized rice pancake that is fried and served rolled up in fresh mustard leaves and herbs, then dipped in sweetened fish sauce. A delightful fingerfood full of taste, crispy and soft at the same time. Divine little things!
  • Mì Quảng: it is a noodle dish from the Quảng province of central Vietnam. The dish comes with pork slices, whole shrimp and peeled quails eggs served atop warm wide white rice noodles with a little amount of strong pork and prawn stock. Spring onion and chopped coriander are added to the noodles before the broth is ladled on. Crushed peanuts on top is the finish touch. It is a festival of flavors and textures!
  • Bánh ướt: it is a thin pancake wrapper consisting of rice noodle sheets, eaten with nước chấm, fried shallots, and a side of chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage). The bánh ướt vendors in Saigon also toss in a mixture of fresh herbs, bean sprouts and cucumbers to add an element of freshness. It is the best breakfast ever!


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