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From 7 a.m., the section of the Gulf river, the foot of Ky Ninh bridge (Ky Ha commune, Ky Anh town, Ha Tinh province) appeared small boats. There are usually 2 people on the boat, who are family members. They drive the boat to the deep water area, and many rocky beaches to catch black mussels (small size bivalve mollusks) to sell to traders (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
To keep his body warm when diving for a long time underwater, fisherman Tran Tuan (24 years old) must wear a professional frog suit. The young man also cannot lack diving goggles to help prevent water from entering his eyes and clearly see the river bottom (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
When entering the water, the diver holds an oxygen tube, wraps a lead bandage around his body and carries a woven mesh bag around his neck (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
Divers are connected to the boat by an air coil hundreds of meters long. While the divers work, the remaining people on the boat must observe the water surface and air bubbles to adjust the compressor capacity accordingly and handle problems (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
Each dive usually lasts 5-10 minutes until the sack is full of mussels, the fishermen will come to the surface (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
Mussels are often found in the mud layer where the riverbed is rocky. Fishermen use a homemade 2-tooth rake to dig out or use their hands to remove and sort themselves (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
According to fisherman Tran Minh Dai (58 years old, Bac Ha village, Ky Ha commune), mussel divers must have good health and experience. “The diving process can cause problems such as the tank running out of oxygen, the engine shutting down midway while in a deep water position. If detected, the diver must emerge immediately, or else his life will be lost. This area already exists. People died because of lack of experience,” said Dai (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
After a period of diving from 7-12 o’clock, at this time the river water was also high, Mr. Tran Minh Dai and his son Tran Quoc Khanh (22 years old) returned to the shore with mussels full of boats (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
Mussels were covered with black mud, they had to be transferred to the river and washed on the spot (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
Mr. Tran Quoc Khanh said that mussel diving appeared in the locality 2-3 years ago when traders came back to buy. Black mussels are found on the bottom of the river but no one noticed it before. “When traders came back to buy and transport to the South to puree as food for lobsters, we just started doing this job,” said Mr. Khanh excitedly (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
According to Mr. Khanh, black mussels are bought by traders for 180,000 VND/quintal. Within about 5 hours in the morning, his father and son exploited more than 7 quintals, bringing in an income of more than 1.2 million VND (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
After washing, they will transfer the mussels ashore and call traders to come to the place of purchase. Mussel diving, although hard and dangerous, in return helps them have a stable income (Photo: Nguyen Duong).
Đăng bởi: Bích Phượng Nguyễn Hoàng
Từ khoá: Hunting food for lobsters, earning millions every day
Bun thit nuong at Bun Thit Nuong Anh Ba. Photo: Bun Thit Nuong Anh Ba/Facebook
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest and most bustling, may not be top of mind when it comes to a getaway from Singapore for some Singaporeans, but it’s slowly converting travellers with its amazing food spots, scenic landscapes, and deep history. If you’ve finally decided to put the city into your travel plans and don’t know where to start with Vietnamese food (aside from pho), we’ve rounded up 10 Ho Chi Minh City food spots for you to check off. Remember to watch for traffic and motorbikes when you’re getting around.1. Pho Thin by Sol
45 Nguyen Truong To, Phuong 12, Quan 4, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (6.30am to 9.30pm)
Flaming stir-fried beef pho. Photo: Pho Thin by Sol/Facebook
Pho is a must-have when you’re in Vietnam, but instead of going for the usual noodles in a bowl of broth, spice things up at Pho Thin by Sol. The restaurant serves different kinds of pho such as pho with stir-fried beef, wine stew beef pho, pho in a hot stone bowl, and even pho that’s been deep-fried into a puffy snack. It has a few outlets around Ho Chi Minh City, so you’ll be able to get your pho fix at Pho Thin by Sol pretty easily. What to order: Flaming stir-fried beef pho (VND68,000 or S$4.10), pho chien phong — puffy fried pho noodles with stir-fried beef and vegetables (VND118,000)2. Co Ba Vung Tau
216 Pham Thai Buong, Tan Phong, Quan 7, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (9am to 9pm)
Banh xeo — crispy Vietnamese crepe at Co Ba Vung Tau. Photo: Co Ba Vung Tau
Hailing originally from Vung Tau, a port city in southern Vietnam, Co Ba Vung Tau is well-known for its take on banh xeo, a crispy Vietnamese crepe that comes with seafood, meat and bean sprouts, and many other toppings. It’s also famous for banh khot, a mini savoury pancake with assorted toppings. Located in the city’s District 7, Co Ba Vung Tau has airy outdoor seating for you to enjoy your Vietnamese feast at — make sure you’ve got mosquito repellent on to keep those pesky bugs at bay. What to order: Banh xeo tom thit gia — crepe with shrimp, meat and bean sprouts (VND100,000), banh khot thap cam — an assortment of mini savoury pancakes (VND95,000)3. Veganizta
Crescent Residence 1, 103 Ton Dat Tien, CR1, Tan Phu, Quan 7, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 9pm)
Classical papaya salad. Photo: Veganizta/Instagram
Also located within District 7 is Veganizta, a new fully vegan eatery that’s been a hot Ho Chi Minh City food spot for its inventive take on vegan cuisine. The restaurant prides itself on serving vegan food that looks good and tastes good, and delivers dishes with different styles primarily inspired by Southeast Asian flavours. You’ll find Vietnamese staples such as pho and spring rolls, as well as veganised dishes from around the region such as larb, a Laotian meat salad. There are also laksa and Western mains such as toast and yoghurt. What to order: 24-hour slow-cooked forest mushroom pho (VND135,000), summer platter to share — grilled bread, dips, vegetables, dumplings, and spring rolls (VND250,000)4. Banh Canh Cua 14
221 Tran Binh Trong, Phuong 3, Quan 5, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (6.30am to 10pm)
Bowls of piping hot banh canh cua. Photo: Banh Canh Cua 14/Facebook
The first time I had banh canh cua, a steaming hot bowl of crab and tapioca noodles in soup, in Ho Chi Minh City, I wondered why it took me so long to learn of this dish. If there’s anywhere you should get your first taste of banh canh cua, it’s Banh Canh Cua 14, a busy eatery in District 5 popular among locals and tourists. The crab broth is fresh and flavourful. Coupled with the chewy texture of tapioca noodles, it makes an incredibly comforting treat for the senses. You’ll probably finish every drop of your soup — yes, it’s that good. What to order: Banh canh cua (VND48,000), dac biet tom cang xanh — noodles with crayfish (VND65,000)5. Bun Thit Nuong Anh Ba
126 Le Van Sy, Phuong 10, Phu Nhuan, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (7am to 11pm)
Banh hoi. Photo: Bun Thit Nuong Anh Ba/Facebook
Bun Thit Nuong Anh Ba specialises in bun thit nuong, a dish of vermicelli noodles topped with grilled meat (usually pork), fried spring rolls and some herbs, and finished off with a sweet, salty sauce called nuoc mam. Aside from bun thit nuong, we love that it also serves good banh hoi, a dish comprising vermicelli woven and bundled together and presented as flat rectangular sheets. The shop is a small outfit and located at a busy intersection, so it can get quite crowded. But thankfully, service is fairly quick and you’ll be able to weave in and out pretty fast. What to order: Bun thit nuong (VND59,000), banh hoi (VND59,000)6. Bun Dau Mam Tom – Hem Dau
140e Ly Chinh Thang, Phuong 14, Quan 3, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 10pm)
Bun dau mam tom and assorted dishes. Photo: Bun Dau Mam Tom – Hem Dau/Facebook
The first thing that strikes you when you come to Bun Dau Mam Tom – Hem Dau is how incredibly narrow this restaurant is. It’s because it was set up in an alley by a bunch of enterprising young people who love bun dau mam tom, a vermicelli dish originating from the north of Vietnam that comprises tofu, shrimp and other ingredients. Food aside, the restaurant’s location in itself is a reason to visit — how often do you get to dine in an alley converted into a restaurant? We must warn you, though, that the shrimp sauce can be quite pungent and strong if you’re trying it for the first time. What to order: Bun dau thap cam — vermicelli, beans, meat, spring rolls, shrimp rolls, and vegetables (VND49,000), nuoc sau — dracontomelon juice (VND15,000)7. Com Ga 142
142 Ba Dinh, Phuong 10, Quan 8, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 11pm)
Fried chicken rice at Com Ga 142. Photo: Com Ga 142/Facebook8. Banh Mi Huynh Hoa
26 Le Thi Rieng, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, Quan 1, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 9pm)
Banh Mi Huynh Hoa doesn’t stinge on its sandwich fillings. Photo: Banh Mi Huynh Hoa/Facebook
Besides pho, you’ve probably had your fair share of banh mi even before visiting Vietnam — for good reason. Banh mi is a convenient and accessible dish that’s filling and packs good flavour. But you really haven’t had banh mi till you’ve gone to Banh Mi Huynh Hoa. The restaurant is a hot favourite among locals and tourists. And be warned: The lines can get long. Nevertheless, you won’t regret waiting your turn the moment you lay your hands on a freshly baked baguette packed to the brim with flavourful toppings, especially the liver pate. There are no seats at the restaurant, so we recommend getting a banh mi or two, and popping by Tao Dan Park nearby to have your sandwich. The restaurant provides an extra bag of salad, herbs and pickles, wet wipes and plastic gloves, so you’re all set for a picnic lunch. I’d grab a cup of ice-cold Vietnamese coffee, too, if I were you. What to order: Banh mi dac biet huynh hoa (VND59,000)9. Secret Garden
158 Pasteur, Ben Nghe, Quan 1, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 10pm)
Photo: Secret Garden/Facebook
Secret Garden is a rustic-style restaurant located on a rooftop in the heart of District 1 that serves up Vietnamese staples. It’s a four-storey climb up a flight of stairs, but don’t let that deter you because you’ll be rewarded with good views and hearty homecooked-style Vietnamese food. A little tip: When reserving, request a table around the edge of the rooftop for a view of Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline as you dine. What to order: Com chien toi — fried garlic rice (VND85,000), cha gio — fried spring rolls (VND116,000)10. Cuc Gach Quan
10 Dang Tat, Tan Dinh, Quan 1, Thanh pho Ho Chi Minh Open: Monday to Sunday (9am to 11.30pm)
Cuc Gach Quan’s quaint setting. Photo: Cuc Gach Quan/Facebook
Cuc Gach Quan is a perennial favourite and prices can be steep here, compared with what you’ll pay in the rest of Ho Chi Minh City.
But it’s well worth the dining experience, given its quaint French colonial setting, variety of food and hospitable service. We hear Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt dined there a decade ago when visiting Vietnam, so that should provide an indication of the quality of the place.
The menu is extremely extensive and can be intimidating for anyone new to the restaurant or Vietnamese cuisine. Speak to the friendly wait staff and ask for their recommendations before you make your order.
What to order: Barbecued pork (VND130,000), sauteed morning glory with garlic (VND100,000)
Đăng bởi: Đạt Thành
Từ khoá: 10 food spots in Ho Chi Minh City for your next trip
The Popular Floating Duck Egg Shop In District 3, Ho Chi Minh City Sells Thousands Of Eggs Every Day
Photo: @diadiemanuong, @ghienan.hehe
The way to boil eggs here is very meticulous and meticulous, thousands of eggs are selected from ducks running in the West. When brought to the city, it will be washed thoroughly before boiling. The process of boiling eggs used by the owner named Van is all fresh coconut water, adding a little salt to make the flavor more intense. When the eggs are cooked, she will take them out and put them in a steamer with ginger again so that the eggs are always hot and have a characteristic mild flavor. Because of that, the eggs here when enjoying will feel soft because the selected part is not too young nor too old, the taste is also more fragrant than other places.
Photo: Saigon Alley, @diadiemanuong
The restaurant’s familiar egg dish is a dish of duck eggs served with laksa leaves and indispensable roasted salt and pepper. Because home-made salt does not have an “industrial” taste like other shops, the salt here is orange-orange, when eaten, squeezed with fragrant lemonade and duck eggs is “standard”.
Photo: @sonrakhe, @hungbabyngo
In addition to the typical boiled duck eggs, duck eggs, fried quail eggs with tamarind here are also listed on the list of best-selling dishes at the restaurant. Young people now go everywhere like to put fat in the dish, so the plate of fried eggs with tamarind here is no exception. After stir-frying with sweet and sour tamarind juice, the owner also favorably sprinkles laksa leaves, peanuts, and a crunchy fat to add to the deliciousness of fried tamarind eggs.
Previously, this shop was just a small sidewalk cart on the curb of Ban Co street intersecting with Nguyen Dinh Chieu street, the place of sale was not fixed but moved and moved every day. Now the business is quite good and known by more people, so the owner Van decided to rent a house nearby to trade eggs. Customers are also arranged to have more spacious and comfortable seats, rather than having to “carry a chair” to find a seat as before. After moving into a spacious house, more and more people know about this duck nut shop, so it’s only 7-8 o’clock every day and the scrambled eggs are gone, only eggs and other items are left.
Photo: Saigon Alley
Not only attracting diners because of its hospitality and unmistakable delicious egg flavor, the egg shop also scores with diners because the prices here are also very affordable. Each boiled duck egg here costs only 7,000 VND and fried tamarind is 8,000 VND. In addition, customers often come here thanks in part to the quality because the eggs here are sold every day of the day, only boiled in the right amount each day, so there is no problem of eggs being left over to sell the next day. So sometimes the shop is also associated with the name “delicious” duck eggs because when the day is sold too expensive, people who come later will have nothing to eat, many people go a long way to the restaurant but only have to accept it. about the sentence: “There are no eggs, brothers and sisters”. But even so, many people still did not show any discomfort and had to wait until the next day.
Because most people come to the shop because they are “addicted” to the special egg flavor that no other shop has. Once you have tried it, you will definitely want to come back a second time because of the special taste of the food here.
Đăng bởi: Như Trần
Từ khoá: The popular floating duck egg shop in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City sells thousands of eggs every day
Reunification Day in Vietnam, celebrated on April 30th, commemorates the reunification of North and South Vietnam and the end of the Vietnam War. It holds significant historical importance, marking the formation of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The day is observed with various events and celebrations, reflecting the unity and resilience of the Vietnamese people.History of Reunification Day
Reunification Day, also known as Victory Day or Liberation Day, commemorates a significant event in the history of Vietnam—the reunification of North and South Vietnam and the end of the Vietnam War. Here is a detailed history behind Reunification Day
The Vietnam War took place from 1955 to 1975. It involved North Vietnam, supported by communist allies, and South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist countries.Dividing north & south Vietnam
Following the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was temporarily divided into two parts at the 17th parallel. The North, led by Ho Chi Minh and the communist forces (Viet Minh), established the Democratic Republic of Vietnam with its capital in Hanoi. The South, under President Ngo Dinh Diem, formed the Republic of Vietnam with its capital in Saigon.The war
As tensions escalated between the two regions, the United States gradually increased its military involvement in South Vietnam to prevent the spread of communism. The conflict intensified, leading to a full-scale war with heavy casualties on both sides and significant devastation.The reunification of Vietnam
The North Vietnamese forces launched a final offensive in 1975. On April 30th, North Vietnamese tanks broke through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), signaling the fall of Saigon. This marked the end of the Vietnam War and the reunification of Vietnam.
Since then, April 30th has been commemorated as Reunification Day in Vietnam.Celebrations of Reunification Day Celebratory events
Throughout the country, various celebratory events take place on Reunification Day. These can include parades, cultural performances, fireworks displays, exhibitions showcasing historical artifacts and photographs, and public gatherings to commemorate the significance of the day.Traveling
If April 30th falls on a weekday, it creates a consecutive holiday period, as it is often followed by International Labor Day on May 1st. This combination results in several days off, giving people an opportunity to take a break from work or studies. it is actually one of the biggest holidays in Vietnam.
A significant number of Vietnamese people choose to go on vacations or engage in domestic and international travel. Popular destinations within Vietnam include coastal cities such as Da Nang, Nha Trang, and Phu Quoc, where people can relax by the beach or explore tourist attractions.Family reunions When is Reunification Day
Vietnamese Reunification Day is celebrated on April 30th each year.
If April 30th coincides with a weekend, the country grants an additional day off on the following weekday.Traveling during Reunification Day in Vietnam
When visiting Vietnam during Reunification Day, you can expect a vibrant and festive atmosphere. It is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the celebrations firsthand. However, it’s important to be aware of a few considerations:
Some popular tourist attractions may become crowded during Reunification Day, particularly in well-known cities and cultural hotspots. To avoid the crowds, you can opt to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Đăng bởi: Mỹ Hạnh Lê
Từ khoá: Vietnamese Reunification Day – Celebrations & Places to go
The Vietnamese fashion designer is looking at me skeptically. His friends are absorbed in the plate of dried squid on the table between us. But this forty-something balding man with his nicely-tailored shirt and black slacks is shocked when I gesture that they can finish the dish of pale pink strips. The man has also had four or five Sài Gòn Special beers in the last hour. (I promise I only bought him one of those. Or two.)
He’s leaning back away from me slightly, his fingers laced around one knee, and I’m worried he’s going to fall off of his tiny blue plastic stool.
Most of the stools that cover the sidewalks of Vietnam are about a foot tall. I’m 6’2” and I’ve never felt so conscious of the size my knees. Hundreds of the little seats line the street, nearly all of them a specific shade of blue or red. On the busiest streets, the stools are movable islands above the gradually deepening layer of plastic cups, skewers, bones, napkins, baguette ends, and evidence of beautiful street food gluttony.
The smaller the stools, the smaller the bill, and the smaller the space between each patron and their neighbor.
When I sat down, my close neighbors were three Vietnamese men: the drunken fashion designer, a guy in a dirty, white, ribbed tank top, and our translator, a third friend who lives in Dusseldorf now and has one of the thickest, oddest accents I’ve encountered – wide, bowing German vowels spiked with the tonal tendencies of Vietnamese.
We’re seated out in front of one of numerous drinking and eating holes on the street, the pool of stools belonging to each one blending with the next. My neighbors have ordered us squid, roasted chili peanuts, and snails. Five feet away, a table is tackling a large hot pot over an open flame with a platter of thin-cut meats and vegetables. It’s an admirable challenge, but hot pot seems like a risky choice for my Bia Sài Gòn-addled friend. On Vietnam’s tiny stools, you’re always closer to your food.
I grew up eating Vietnamese street food, though I didn’t call it that at the time. I claim this solely as a basis for appreciation, not expertise or ownership. During high school, bánh mì sandwiches from Seattle’s Saigon Deli on Jackson Street were the best lunch that $2.50 could buy. My friends and I wondered at the jelly dessert labeled “Ingredients: Panda,” having understandably never heard of pandan at that point. I later started taking a couple bánh mì to go whenever I was leaving town or heading to the airport. Sriracha, a mess of Vietnamese pickles and cilantro at 35,000 feet.
Street food includes almost everything in Vietnam, since most eating happens on the sidewalk, one foot above the ground. One block will have stalls serving classic noodle soups of phở bò and bún cha with baskets of fresh herbs to mix in, crispy bánh xèo “pancakes,” nem rán fried spring rolls, and hột vịt lộn – duck embryo, if you’re into it.
A person can feel like they’re constantly eating while in Vietnam, always grabbing for a stubby plastic stool. Even during Tet, the Vietnamese lunar new year festival, when all of Hanoi shuts down for a week, a few street food vendors still staked out their stalls and tried to scrape a little income out of the holiday. Oddly, ninety percent of the stalls I saw open during Tet in Hanoi were selling bun rieu spicy-sour noodle soup. None of the Vietnamese folks I asked understood this either.
There’s a lot to Vietnamese street food of course, so we’ve organized things a bit:Phở – Noodle Soup
Phở (“fuh”) is the best-known of Vietnam’s many noodles soups. It’s thin, flat rice noodles and usually chicken (phở gà) or beef (phở bò), but it’s phở broth that gives the soup its muscle. The broth’s ingredients vary, but the flavor is also built over hours of simmering – one vendor on Thuốc Bắc street in Hanoi’s old quarter said he keeps his broth cooking for ten hours.
Northern-style phở, called phở bắc, is made with a simpler-tasting broth, more green onions, and the beef usually looks to be minced or on-the-bone. Hanoians have told me that phở in their city should be eaten with fewer herbs, but I’ve happily enjoyed a pile of herbs for garnish at most Hanoi phở spots I’ve eaten. Southern-style phở, called phở Nam, is a little sweeter and darker and served with hoisin sauce. Vegetarian phở does exist, mostly in “chay” restaurants – chay is Vietnamese for vegetarian or vegan.Quick Note – How to Travel in Vietnam as a Vegetarian or Vegan
Also, there is almost a mythology to phở, though I say this at the risk of exoticising its culture. if you’re looking for a good read on your trip to Vietnam, pick up The Beauty of Humanity Movement. The novel centers around old man Hung, a phở seller in Hanoi who lives and works through the American War. I can’t eat phở anymore without thinking about this character. However, the author isn’t Vietnamese, so it also runs the risk of reducing the Vietnamese experience to a bowl of phở, without actually understanding what the food really means in the way that a local can. It’s a danger all of us run, as foreigners writing about food that isn’t ours. Get a book or two by a Vietnamese author while you’re at it – Da Ngan’s Insignificant Family, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, or Dương Thu Hương’s Paradise of the Blind.Bún Chả – Obama’s Favorite Rice Noodles
Bún chả is the antidote to small-mindedness, and it’s what the late Anthony Bourdain decided Barack Obama should eat when he came to Hanoi and the two ate at Bún chả Hương Liên, south of Hoan Kiem Lake (video – do your best not to cry).
Most common in Hanoi, bún chả is a spread rather than a single dish: thin rice noodles (bún – pronounced “boon”), pork, a salty-sweet dipping sauce with a little garlic and chili, and fresh herbs – basil, cilantro, green onions, with lettuce. Bún chả is eaten by combining the ingredients in a small bowl, with each person eating multiple bowls.
Here’s a video of Bourdain counseling Obama on how it’s done. If the one-time “leader of the free world” can slurp his noodles, so can you. Note: Obama also ate the chilis. “We’re gonna do what’s appropriate,” said the former President.
The restaurant where Obama and Bourdain ate has built a display case around the table where the two sat, apparently at the suggestion of their customers. The restaurant has also received offers to buy the table, which the owner has so far declined.Banh Xeo – Crispy Yellow Pancakes
Bánh xèo (“bahn say-oh”) are crispy, thin yellow pancakes made with rice flour and a little turmeric and fried up in a skillet. They’re usually filled with some combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, pork, and green onions. But the best part of eating at a bánh xèo stall is the full spread that comes along with them. There’s the plate of fresh herbs, the dipping sauces, the optional plates of tater tot-style fried potatoes or lemongrass pork skewers (nem lụi), and the best of all – spring roll wraps. Vietnamese folks use either dried or fresh noodle-like rice papers to roll up the bánh xèo with the herbs, chilis and whatever else is on the table (I believe the nem lụi pork is fare game for wrapping, but the tater tots are traditionally not). Finger food you get to play with? Tater tots, sometimes made from sweet potatoes? DIY fresh spring rolls? These stalls are a thing of beauty.
The other toppings for bánh xèo vary, but include everything from minced pork with peanuts and chili to green bananas and star fruits. For vegetarians and vegans, some stalls will have tofu but your best option will again be chay restaurants. In the north of Vietnam, bánh xèo are smaller and the cooks at most stalls expect you to order more than one. In the south, they’re bigger and even more unwieldy. The dish is also common in Cambodia, where it’s called “banh chao.”
Head to Bánh xèo Sáu Phước or Bánh xèo Nem lụi 167 quán in Hanoi (it’s common in Vietnam for places to be named simply with the kind of food their serve, followed by their address).Gỏi Cuốn or Nem Cuốn – Fresh Spring Rolls
Often called salad rolls or spring/summer rolls, gỏi cuốn (“goy coo-uhn”) are rice paper wraps around some mix of fresh vegetables, bún noodles, pork, shrimp, and tofu, served fresh. These are best if you can get them served with hoisin or peanut sauce (sometimes it’s just fish sauce or sweet chili). They’re also called nem cuốn (“nehm coo-uhn” in the north).Chả Giò or Nem Rán – Fried Spring Rolls
Chả giò (“chah zahw”), or nem rán in the north (“nehm rehn”), are the fried iteration of spring rolls. They’re usually ground meat and minced vegetables, rolled in rice paper and fried until crispy. You’ll see pyramids of them in markets in Vietnam, premade and ready to take away. They’re also served cut up with bún chả (see below) as a dish called bún chả giò, and they’ll show up as an appetizer everywhere – drinking stalls, bus stations, or the freezer at VinMart.Bánh Mì Sandwiches
Foodie restaurants from Seattle to Budapest are using bánh mì as an excuse to serve some great Southeast Asian-inspired creations between pieces of bread. These sandwiches are taking over the world for good reason. Vietnam’s national sandwich is a white baguette stuffed with pâté, egg, sausage, or pork belly on a bed of cilantro, peppers (jalapeños or others), cucumber, chili sauce, mayonnaise, and pickled daikon radish and carrots. Ideally, the bread is toasted and there are some added toppings you can throw on there – sauteed onions, tofu, etc. They cost anywhere from 12,000 to 50,000 dong and I end many days in Vietnam thinking I should be eating more bánh mì.
Eat them at Banh Mi 25 in Hanoi (they’ll add avocados and other great foodie shit), here in Ho Chi Minh, Vegan Banh Mi or Lovegan if you need vegetarian or vegan food in Hanoi, and at Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa in Ho Chi Minh City.Bánh Bao – Steam Buns
Like many people, I’ve been a bun and dumpling addict for years. Bánh bao are your classic steam buns and they’ve become a bit of a comfort food. They’re made with savory fillings – pork, salted quail egg with pork, barbecued pork, mixed veggies, or mysterious but great vegan things – and with sweet fillings: taro, custard, pandan, and the list goes on.
Look for big silver steamers in front of any shop, even the corner store that sells nothing but cigarettes and Red Bull. They’re also kept in hot-holding cabinets with metal shelves. VinMart sells them, if there’s no other option.Bánh Cuốn – Ultra-Thin Steamed Rice Pancakes
They’re not crepes and they’re not rice paper rolls. Bánh cuốn are impressive to watch being made – the cook spoons ultra-light fermented rice batter across a cloth, pulled tight over a pot of boiling hot water. The batter settles and steams, thickening slightly and forming a light, soft base. The cook cracks an egg on top or spoons a line of minced pork and dark brown “wood ear” mushrooms down the middle, lets the filling cook, and then uses a wooden stick to fold the fragile bánh cuốn over itself and lift it off the cooking cloth. The bánh cuốn is served cut in pieces and topped with deep fried shallots. Eat it with chopsticks and dip each piece into the mildly sweet sauce – think of a less fine-tasting Japanese mirin. Sometimes bánh cuốn shops serve a bit of pork pâté on the side.
Bánh cuốn shops are often open only for breakfast, so go early just in case. Find them at Bánh Cuốn Gia Truyền Thanh Vân in Hanoi and at Bánh Cuốn Bà Hanh in Saigon.Chè – This Dessert is the Next Bubble Tea
Chè seems to be an all-encompassing term for Vietnamese desserts involving jellies, diced fruit, tapioca, beans, syrups, coconut, taro, and plenty of things I can’t identify. It’s a relative of cendol, and served both hot and cold. Most chè shops are set up buffet or fast casual style: the pieces are all laid out in bowls, just point to what you want, tell them if you want some ice in there to make it cold, and they’ll tell you how much it costs at the end. It won’t be more than 40,000 dong (
Just like with big bubble tea shops, the options are endless. Fruits usually include lychee, jackfruit, longan, or mango, while jellies include black grass jellies and palm seeds. Always add coconut cream and ice, if you’re into those, but the best topping I had was some sort of clear gelatinous thing from a pot. Maybe read this guide to chè before you go. Sometimes there’s glutinous black rice and yogurt or ice cream to be had too.The Issue of Hột Vịt Lộn… (Fetal Duck Egg)
I was coming back late from a pilgrimage to the best bánh mì in Ho Chi Minh City so I could probably claim I just wasn’t hungry, but I’m okay owning up to it: when the young woman running the guest house offered, I had – and still have – no desire to eat hột vịt lộn, or fetal duck egg.
Hột vịt lộn are fertilized eggs that have been allowed to develop for a couple weeks. They’re hard boiled and then cracked open and eaten with fresh herbs, salt, lime, pepper, and chili. The woman at the guesthouse had mixed the condiments and spices in a little bowl and was cracking the shells, dipping the egg in, and popping them down the hatch whole. They’re a common snack in Vietnamese cuisine but not everyone here eats them. The woman admitted she bought them in part to get a rise out of guests.
I’ll admit that it’s mostly the idea of eating these that I can’t get past. I do bugs. I do chopped raw water buffalo salad (laap kwai dip, ลาบควายดิบ, in Thailand – eat it here or here). But the next day when I asked a Vietnamese friend in Saigon about hột vịt lộn, they warned me that if you buy them raw to cook at home, sometimes you’ll get an egg that’s a little too far along and is close to hatching.
The author behind the encyclopedic Vietnam travel site The Vietnam Coracle however, cuts the bullshit and tells people to just get over it and eat it. I leave it up to you. If it just sounds too big to swallow quickly in case things are going poorly, Vietnamese (and Filipinos) also eat fetal quail eggs – much smaller.
Note: They’re also called trứng vịt lộn.Where are the pickles?!?
Many people, myself included who’ve eaten Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam point to pickled vegetables as a key part of banh mi, but they don’t always make it into the sandwich here. If you’re craving salty and a little stinky, ask for dưa muối (that’s “zeu-uh moy-ee”), especially common at drinking spots.
This is different from chanh muối, or pickled limes. They’re used for pickled limeade (with a lot of sugar), a common drink that’s worth trying if you see it on a menu (chanh muối).
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As one of the most popular cities in Vietnam, Saigon is already pretty familiar to most visitors. We know about Ho Chi Minh city as a town that never sleeps. We Saigonese live in the moment and love fast-moving things. People find themselves coming back for that youthful, energetic and festival vibe. But if you have a little more time and want to slow things down a bit, pack your bags and hop on! Here goes our Top 20 amazing day tours from Ho Chi Minh city
Top things to do in Ho Chi Minh cityLearn about the Vietnam war by visiting Cu Chi Tunnels
All my foreign friends, whenever they come to Ho Chi Minh city, ask about Cu Chi Tunnels tour. Growing up in Saigon, every kid will experience a school trip to Cu Chi Tunnels as an unique lecture on Vietnam history. Very often we go to museums to satisfy our curiosity and to confirm our knowledge about a specific cultural aspect, but very rarely do we have a chance to relive the past and feel it with all our senses. Coming to Cu Chi Tunnels, besides learning about the Vietnam War, you can try the food our soldiers used to eat and crawl in the famous underground military construction. And if you are looking for more activities, you have a shooting range, a swimming pool and a fruit garden.
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We dare you to explore the underground maze of Cu Chi tunnels. Instagram @inspitripExplore life on waterways in Mekong delta, the Southern tropical land of Vietnam
My all time favorite Delta. Whenever I traveled to anywhere in Mekong Delta, it never took me more than 30 minutes to make the decision, and every single time was a pleasure. Here are destinations you should consider visiting in Mekong delta.Ben Tre
Providing some of the most picturesque scenery in the non-touristy Mekong Delta, Ben Tre was always one ferry beyond the traffic of My Tho and accordingly developed at a more indolent pace. The new Co Chien bridge connects Ben Tre with My Tho and Tra Vinh, funneling more visitors into this delightful area. Travelers can easily explore the town’s drowsy waterfront lined with aging mansions as well as the homely settlements across the bridge to the south of the city center. Ben Tre is also a great place for boat trips around the town, especially ideal for those who are looking for a little escape from conventional tour-bus bustle.
Enjoy a sampan ride along the canals filled with palm shade and you will forget all the predicament in life. Instagram @inspitripCai Be floating market
Cai Be is a charming small town two hours driving out of Saigon. My favorite things out of all amazing going-ons here are the floating markets. Cai Be Floating Market stands out as one the most influential and noticeable markets. The locals here told me that they believed that it first began in the 17th or 18 century during the formation of the delta. Everyday, boats and drafts, most of which sells food and fruits, father here to trade and do business. Some sellers sail here to purchase goods from merchants and bring them back on land to sell. I still remember enjoying a bowl of Che (Vietnamese traditional dessert) on the water, watching people throwing coconuts from boat to boat and hearing them chanting a well-known melody of the West.My Tho
I think My Tho is the nearest Mekong Delta province from Saigon that I have ever visited, only about an hour drive away. My Tho is an amiable market town, nestling on the north bank of the Mekong River’s northernmost strand, the Tien Giang, or Upper River. My Tho was founded in the 1680s by Chinese refugees fleeing Taiwan after the Southern Ming dynasty collapsed. The economy is based on fishing, the cultivation of rice and tropical fruits such as coconuts, bananas, mangoes, longans and citrus fruit and tourism. It’s a very typical Mekong Delta area. The must-try food here is the famous Hu Tieu My Tho. You pay under 2 dollars for a bowl of classic noodles of The West, topped with sliced pork, minced pork, shrimp, squid, dry onions, spring onion and so much other deliciousness floating on the sweet broth.
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“For travelers, the floating markets are not only something to admire but also a must if you seriously want to explore the uniqueness of the giant maze that is the Mekong Delta” (Vinh Vu, 2023) The biggest wholesale floating market in the Mekong Delta, Cai Rang is located just 6km from Can Tho if moving toward Soc Trang. There is a popular bridge here that provides a great vantage point for photography. If you ever google images of “Vietnamese Floating Markets”, the most colorful and vivid pictures available are usually taken at this market. Stare in awe when you witness the skillful performance of sellers juggling fruits boat to boat. The first impression you have of Cai Rang floating market is its super dynamic and effervescent trading traffic. Definitely a tour worth trying from Ho Chi Minh city, you can book Cai Rang floating market here.
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I remember me being excited, hugging dad’s belly, sitting between my parents on dad’s old Honda as we drove to Vung Tau every other weekend when I was a kid. It is one of my sweetest childhood memories. Vung Tau is the nearest beach from Ho Chi Minh city, taking you 30km and 2 hours driving to get there. Vung Tau is so fun; my family went to Vung Tau so often I’ve memorized all the streets, all the stores, and good restaurants there. I can easily plan out a perfect schedule for 24 hours in Vung Tau in 30 seconds: you eat a shrimpy breakfast at Banh Khot Cay Vu Sua, get yourself up on the Statue of Jesus to enjoy the view of the city and let the mountain winds refresh your soul, have a rich fancy lunch at Ganh Hao Seafood Restaurant, get your suntan on Bai Sau beach, have a little beach party with lovely friends and then head back to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Until very recently Ho Tram kept a low-profile: containing not much more than a small fishing village, an open-air basic market and a fine not yet commercialized market. Sometimes, when visitors are overwhelmed by the urban crowd of Vung Tau, they have an option of moving another 30 km further to visit Ho Tram. For those that want to spend a relaxing but elegant time, there are various options such as The Grand Ho Tram Strip, Ho Tram Beach Boutique Resort & Spa, Carmelina Beach resort, etc. which are luxurious five stars resorts. Located in such a remote place, these classy resorts offer you quite a local and rustic tropical beach atmosphere. If Vietnam, we always say “Blue ocean, white sands and golden sunlights” is all it takes for a great vacation. Ho Tram provides you just that.
Instagram @tringuyenTake a chill pill and slow things down Bo Cap Vang
Only 30 km away from Ho Chi Minh City, located in the Dong Nai province, this eco-tourist resort brings to you a slow-moving, relaxing and picnics vibe. Bo Cap Vang is a small land piece surrounded by a mirror reflecting beautiful lakes and fresh rivers. I love the water games here, looking so effortless yet so invigorating to play. In addition, it’s fresh natural water so it gives you a very special earthy excitement. Besides, Bo Cap Vang offers you buffet service with quite a diverse menu, most of which are popular dishes from the West, making sure that you have full energy supplied for the whole day.
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Easily accessible from Saigon, Binh Chau Hot Springs are an interesting combination of very fine, traditional Vietnamese elements, and kitsch, cartoonish adornments. The temperature of the great outdoor pool is around 37°C, and not only contains minerals that are beneficial to bones and skin but also enhances blood circulation, muscles, and nerves. The hottest of the springs in Binh Chau reaches 82°C where you can boil the eggs that are sold on-site. Hot springs are not very common in Vietnam’s traveling road map; once Binh Chau was popular but has since gradually faded away due to the establishment of many other tourist sites. Regardless, it’s still a great place to pause a bit and rest.
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Only 20 km from the center of Saigon, Thuy Chau Resort with its immense green space, yummy food and cheap price is the go-to day trip suitable for any Ho Chi Minh city visitors. The best part here is the stream bath with pulse waves. During the bath, the tap water will continue to be circulated by high-pressure filtration system to make stream water. Everyday water is disinfected with chlorine to ensure the safety of bathing. So it’s a check-in every box in terms of sanitation. For only 160,000 VND (7 USD), travelers can now enjoy a one-day train tour to Thuy Chau tourist site in Di An town. Forget driving on the motorbike with all the dust and heat, just hop on a safe train, you get to your destination within 45 minutes. It can’t get any more convenient.
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The giant Dau Tieng Reservoir covers parts of Binh Duong, Tay Ninh, and Binh Phuoc provinces, and is one of the most popular destinations in Tay Ninh Province. This beautiful lake provides clean water and fresh air that immediately puts anyone into their most relaxed mode – a typical natural element of The South of Vietnam. The lake’s bank with its green grass coverage is definitely an ideal place for a picnic; backpackers coming here can go fishing or enjoy watching the locals catch fish playing in the lake. If they want to explore further into the land, there is also Tha La peninsula where the locals grow delicious tropical fruit trees such as mango and longan. Foreigners surely appreciate the food specialties of the locality.
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Thach An is an island village belonging to the Can Gio district, far away from Ho Chi Minh City about 50 km to the east and 8 km from the center of Can Gio. Although Thach An is registered as a part of Ho Chi Minh City, it resembles more of a “little sister” standing next to her boisterous big brother – Saigon. Thach An has no more than 50,000 households sustaining their living by fishing and salt making. Thach An, a wild and peaceful hidden gem, is a very non-touristy location to explore. Therefore, Thach An Island does not have a lot of tourism activities, you still have the chance to make some new acquaintances with a great number of backpackers here.
Instagram @jamille.yaang3103Into the wood – Breath in the freshness Tan Lap Floating Village
Tan Lap Floating Village is a wetland lying in the heart of the Plain of Reeds, or in Vietnamese, we call it Dong Thap Muoi, in the Mekong Delta, renowned for its amazingly distinct ecosystem. Referred to this place, people have in mind the images of a distant land with extensive mangrove forests and vast bird sanctuary. Visiting the Floating Village on the canoe big enough to carry 4 or 5 guests, you’ll be going along Rach Rung river, passing under the lotus and water lily grasslands before entering the terminal next to a nearly 40-meter high tower. Along the way, the guide will explain to you the nature of the area from which you can feel the protective ambition of the locals here, which I greatly appreciate.
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Located 90 km from the centre of Ho Chi Minh city, Can Gio is a coastal district. Though 90 km seems like a long distance you shouldn’t worry about getting lost since there seems to be only one route available. Or even simpler, you just need to get on a No.75 bus and tell the driver or assistant to drop you off at Can Thanh Bus Station. There are load of things to do in Can Gio: Vam Sat eco-tourism zone which is a wildlife protected area where you get to play with many kinds of bats and storks, Monkey island which is not actually an island but an interesting town filled with naughty monkeys, Ca Ong mausoleum where the locals perform a regular ritual practice to worship the giant and the powerful and so on. A trip to Can Gio is certainly a worthwhile experience if you have some time in Saigon.
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Buu Long, the name literally meaning Dragon Land, has recently grown in appeal as a tourist area for Ho Chi Minh city’s youngsters. People call it “Little Da Lat” or “Little Ha Long Bay” just because of its artificial scenic view. If you have a day free and are ready for some walking, Buu Long is the right place to go. Inside this giant park, there are a few locations to check-in. Long An Lake is a beautiful man-made lake. Around April and May, visitors are submerged in the colors of purple and pink from the lotus and the flower bank around the lake. A little sunflower garden always available for those who want to have great pictures like those dreamy scenes in the movies or music video.
Image courtesy of @Bao Tran PhotographyAmazing things to do around Sai Gon for the indolent
Having been a bit tired from all the exploring and not feeling like moving anywhere further? Don’t worry, we got you covered. They are right here in Saigon, but you may have just passed them by.Hop on a motorbike tour and explore the city highlights
One of the best feelings on earth is hopping on a motorbike. And driving it fast. I do believe that we Vietnamese take a driving motorbike as a form of entertainment like singing karaoke or sports. Or at least I and my friends do that. If you only have a few hours and you’ve already done the mainstream touristy kinds of stuff, let’s go on a city & food tour by motorbike in Ho Chi Minh city. Find a companion, get on the wheels and together you will get to know Saigon on a very different perspective. Why is driving in Ho Chi Minh city so exciting? Because Vietnamese love the street; we eat, sing, dance, do business and even exercise out on the streets. You’ll get to see all of that, and you can move fast, go slow and draw your own route – 100% freedom. So if you’re still on your couch: “Stand up! Let’s go out on the streets!”
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If you don’t spend one day just for finding out the best places to eat and exploring the remarkable culinary maze of Ho Chi Minh city, you miss out on half of this city’s fascination. In order to fully explore the food culture of Saigon, you must try out street food. The greatest thing about eating in Saigon is that you have options. Too many options. I’ve got to choose where to eat, what to eat and what atmosphere you won’t enjoy your meals in. If you’re looking for authentic street style snacks, go to Xom Chieu in District 4 or Thi Nghe Market in Binh Thanh District. If you concern about hygiene issue but still want to enjoy Saigon playful eating vibe, drop off at Phan Xich Long food street in Phu Nhuan District or Tan Dinh Market area in District 1. And if you’re into fancy dining and restaurants, easy, Le Thanh Ton Street in District 1 or Thao Dien area in District 2. I mean, you only have to name it.
Joining a city food tour will pave the way for unique spontaneous discoveries. Instagram @inspitripHo Chi Minh Waterbus City Tour
Yes, it’s the first-ever waterbus. This service launched in November 2023 but has already attracted great attention from the citizens. The bus departs from Bach Dang Wharf in District 1 and passes through districts 1, 2, and Binh Thanh and finally stopping at Linh Dong ferry terminal in Thu Duc District. You have the chance to drive 11 km on the water watching our pretty Ho Chi Minh city. I and my friends got to be so eager to try this out. It took us longer than we expected to finish the two-way trip, but we enjoyed it and definitely will do it all again. Since it’s freshly established, all facilities are still new and good, plus, the fare for a one-way ticket is only 0.666 USD. What are you waiting for?Chill out in Water Parks
Probably because of the heat, I think, Water Parks are a very attractive form of amusement centers here. Just around districts in Ho Chi Minh city, I believe there are four or five different Water Parks, for which I’m not complaining. The, perhaps, oldest and most prevailing place is Dam Sen Water Park. I can’t get bored with its thrilling water games such as Boomerang or Kamikaze. If you, like me, have a taste for extreme games, you would get so excited that you need to replay four or five times. Another that I go for from time to time is Suoi Tien Water Park. This one is more like an artificial beach that has a theme of Vietnamese fairy tales. Suoi Tien suits you better if you have children or some kids go along with you. They will just love it so much.
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