6 Tasty Food You Should Try In Bac Lieu

In the previous article, I have introduced you about the “Agri-and-Culture” aspects of Bạc Liêu – The Wealthy Wild Child of Mekong Delta. You have visited must-visit and must-check-in destinations in Bạc Liêu, but your journey would be not complete if you miss the featured cuisines of Bạc Liêu. Below are what you should check out when visiting Bạc Liêu. 

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*Bánh xèo (Bahn-xeoSizzling crêpes)

Bánh xèo is a typical dish in Southern Vietnam. But each place holds their own Bánh xèo recipe. You may have known Saigon and Cần Thơ bánh xèo, but how about Bạc Liêu? Let’s try it and compare the difference.

**Try and prove! Here’s a tip to determine the bánh xèo of your life. First, when it is served, immediately pinch a crisp on the outer side of the crêpe and put it right into your mouth. Now, it should crumble and start releasing coconut fragrance in your mouth, and you should feel almost like tasting a piece of creamy crystal. That’s how you know that bánh xèo is ‘the one’. If the crust is too thick and leaks too much grease, I’m sorry, the search for your right crêpes still continues.

Bánh xèo in Bạc Liêu follows the basic ingredients: rice batter, mung beans, slices of pork, fresh shrimps, onion and bean sprouts. But the secret that makes it unforgettable is the crispness on the crust. Many tourists keep coming back to Bạc Liêu to retrieve the authentic taste of this mouthwatering crêpes. Try it for once, the ‘bánh xèo’ of your life awaits you there!

Address: Bánh xèo A Mật61/2 Tỉnh Lộ 31, Ấp Giồng Nhãn, X. Hiệp Thành,  Thị Xã Bạc Liêu, Bạc Liêu.

Price range: 50,000 – 60,000 VND.

Bánh Xèo – the ‘yellow’ temptation.
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*Bún bò cay (boon-ba-caySpicy beef noodles soup)

Vietnamese cuisine has more Bún*-based dishes than Phở*-based ones. So, next time if a Vietnamese describe you a “noodles” dish, think wider than Phở Bò. Ask them which type of noodles it is because the textures of the noodles are different.

*Bún: think of rice noodles in the spaghetti shape. *Phở: think of rice noodles in tagliatelle shape.

Bạc Liêu has a signature Bún dish called Bún Bò Cay (spicy beef Bún). If you’re a fan of spicy food, do not miss it. Non-spicy eaters can also try the milder version. Just ask for no chilli, and the chef won’t make you suffer.

The broth is the star of the dish. It’s a mixture of aromas (cinnamon, turmeric, lemongrass, ginger, etc.) which pairs perfectly with the tender beef loin. A spoonful of soup brings you pleasure. But hang on, your inner beast is about to release itself. Red chilli oil, (contains garlic and red peppers tossed in oil) floats on the surface is the reason to name the dish bún bò cay (cay means spicy). It is what we call “satay” and is the highlight of the dish.

Because of its heat, herby smell and vibrant spice, Bún bò cay is approved to be the best hangover cure for those who happened to “have too much fun” last night but want to come back to earth early morning.

Address: Quán Ánh Nguyệt 119 Cao Văn Lầu,  Thị Xã Bạc Liêu, Bạc Liêu.

Price range: 25,000 – 35,000 VND.

Spicy !!
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*Bún nước lèo (boon-nuoc-leoBroth noodles)

There are fresh fish and shrimp with slices of pork. The bún noodles dive in the clear amber colour broth. Wow, it looks as if the chef has scooped a tiny bit of Mekong river to the bowl. Speaking of the broth, I’ll explain why it is so special that they wouldn’t give this dish another name.

Have you heard of the Vietnamese fermented fish (or shellfish)? We call them ‘mắm’, they’re the key ingredients for many dishes in the Mekong Delta. In Broth Noodles, they cook ‘mắm cá sặc’ (fermented snakeskin gourami) with lemongrass and a special root vegetable called ‘ngải bún’ in seafood stock up to 8 hours to develop all sorts of sweetness and umami taste in the soup. The last attempt to ‘sweeten’ the broth, even more, is adding coconut water.

Scoop in a spoonful of the crystal clear broth and feel the love between mắm and fresh seafood. Now, you owe the chef a thumbs up and a compliment.

Address: Quán Út MénQuốc Lộ 1A,  Vĩnh Lợi, Bạc Liêu.

Price range: 30,000 – 35,000 VND.

_ Really? Broth noodles? You mean… just noodles and broth?!
_ Yeah, that’s true!
No, I’m kidding :).
photo: vanhoamientay.com
*Bánh tằm Ngan Dừa (Bahn-tam-Ngan-ZuaSilkworm rice cake salad with coconut sauce)

Bánh tằm (silkworm rice cake) is named after its shape. The little “worms” are hand-rolled out of rice starch dough. Bánh tằm salad includes rice cakes, pork skin strings, meatballs cooked in tomato sauce, carrot pickles and spring onion oil. The sauce is very unique because it is the combination of coconut cream and sweet fish sauce. Of course, there is some fresh chilli to balance the ‘dessert’ feeling of this savoury dish.

I had the first bánh tằm bite when I was six years old, but honestly, I found it a little odd. However, from the second bite, the oddity started playing catch with my taste buds and kept fooling around in my mouth until I finished the plate clean and clear. Do I recommend trying bánh tằm? Yes, a hundred times yes! Try it for once to experience going through from one surprise to another, but in a good way. Overall it’s a delightful tasting experience.

Address: Ngan Dừa market34 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Ngan Dừa, Hồng Dân, Bạc Liêu.

Price range: 15,000 – 30,000 VND.

Bánh Tằm is the result of the mixed culture among Chinese – Vietnamese- Khmer cuisines.
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*Hủ Tíu Bò Kho – (Hu-tieow-ba-khaBeef Stew with Flat Rice Noodles).

This noodles dish doesn’t relate with the Spicy Beef Noodles I’ve mentioned above. Bò Kho (Vietnamese Style Beef Stew), is very much alike Beef Ragu; however, it has a distinct fragrance of lemongrass, star anise and garlic. Hủ tiếu bò kho literally means noodles and beef stew. A bowl of this soup includes tender beef, softened carrots, noodles, crunchy bean sprouts, fresh herbs and smokey hot soup. These elements complement each other so well that they bring the dish to cross the deliciousness standard.

Hủ tíu bò kho is preferably a breakfast dish. There’s also another way you can enjoy it, which is Bánh mì bò kho (Beef stew with bread). In this version, you will enjoy only beef stew, and a loaf of bread served alongside. For me, both versions are equally tasty. There’s one more tip I recommend: you should dip the beef in a small bowl of salt, pepper and lime which comes with the bò kho bowl.

Address: Quán Cari Vịt Linh, Cao Văn Lầu, Thị Xã Bạc Liêu, Tỉnh Bạc Liêu

Price range: 35,000 – 50,000 VND

The broth is full of fragrance, almost like a perfect perfume for the beef.
photo: afamily.vn
*Longan fruits

In the last article, I mentioned that Bạc Liêu has a famous ancient longan garden. Yes, I would be very happy to recommend the place to you. They grow many tropical fruits there, especially longan fruits (meaning dragon eyes).

Under the rough and brown skin lying the transparent flesh wrapping around a black seed, looking like an eyeball. The flesh gives you a juicy and candy-like taste. I’m pretty sure you might have to keep eating more and more of them because you won’t be able to resist yourself from its sweetness, which works like a refreshing treat below the heat of sunlight.

Besides longan, there are more fruits such as tropical tangerine, mangosteens, mangoes, and so on. Basically, it depends on which period of the year you visit Bạc Liêu because fruits are grown in crops. Longan fruits are available from June to  September annually.

Address: Vườn Nhãn Cổ Bạc Liêu ( Bac Lieu’s Ancient Longan Garden)  2,  Hiệp Thành – Vĩnh Trạch Đông, Bạc Liêu city.

Longan, anyone?
photo: lamtho.vn

I hope you will have a great cuisine experience in Bac Lieu. Bon appétit everyone!

Levi.

101 Guide to Eat like a Local in Saigon Chinatown (Part 2)

Good day guys, I am back and so excited to suggest you more places to eat in Chinatown. Are you really hungry now? If yes, let’s follow me! We’ll get food real quick.

>>>Check part 1 here if you miss it.

 Afternoon Snack

Mid-day snacks are common here. People despite their ages enjoy this extra meal with absolutely no doubt because these munchies are super delicious.

*Bánh Củ Cải, Bánh Hẹ (Radish/ Chive cakes) – fried rice starch cakes with chives or radish filling (vegan) served with pickled carrots and sweet and sour soy sauce. The cakes should taste crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside.

Address: 143, Lê Quang Sung St, Dist 6.

Price range: 10,000 – 30,000 VND

Sizzling, colourful and wonderful rice cakes.
photo: kenh14.vn

*Bò Bía (Popiah) – a famous Hokkien spring roll but has been put in a Vietnamese twist when it comes to Cho Lon. Now what we can find in a Vietnamese popiah roll is lettuce, fresh herbs, lap cheong (sweet sausage) slices, fried egg strips and stir-fried jicama (củ sắn), served along with sweet black bean dip. The roll is made exclusively tiny and sold extremely cheap. When you order Popiah, don’t order one but make it a dozen to fill your stomach.

Address: 266 Hải Thượng Lãn Ông St, Ward 14, Dist 5.

Price range: 15,000 – 30,000 VND

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Oh, I see rainbow, I see rolls! Nom, nom, nom.
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*Khổ Qua Cà Ớt – bitter melon, aubergine, chilli, tomato, tofu, okra, etc. stuffed with fish paste and cooked in broth. It takes several efforts to cook this dish, but the result worths the time they spend to make it. Because what you will get is a cheerful bowl filled with a feast of colours. For now, this dish is sold in many regions outside Chinatown. But the authentic should be tasted inside the place where it is created.

Address: 52, Lão Tử St, Dist 5.

Price range: 20k – 40k VND

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The only thing I can say after finishing this delicious gift is: Oh, interesting! I go order one more bowl. ;).
photo: phunuonline.com.vn
 Dinner

Dinner time starts around 5.30 pm. At this time, the streets are filled with tempting food fragrance. You might be lost in the jungle of food in Cho Lon, however, here are some options you can choose to satisfy your hungry belly.

*Mì (Noodles soup) –  Slurping a hot bowl of noodles soup is my dinner fantasy in Chinatown.  Choices vary from chicken, duck, pork, seafood to vegetarian options. Noodles (or dumplings) are then bathed in the smoking hot broth and served immediately. What I recommend to try is Mì Vịt Tiềm (Chinese Style Braised Duck noodles). The dish is signature for its herby black broth and flavorful tender duck thigh.

Address: Mì Vịt Tiềm Thượng Hải 481 – Hẻm 481 Nguyễn Tri Phương St, Ward 8,  Dist 10.

Price range: 60,000 – 80,000 VND

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I see a sexy tanned leg there!
photo: kenh14.vn

*Vịt Quay (Roasted duck) – In this neighbourhood, there’s a street that exclusively sells roasted ducks. When entering Bùi Hữu Nghĩa street (Dist 5) for the first time, it is quite odd seeing those ducks hung in lines everywhere. They may look quite naked, but their smell is tempting and immediately your mouth starts watering. The duck meat is excellent, greasy yet meaty. The marinade is so special that you might want to marry the chef to eat roasted duck every day. However, it is not a daily meal for local people, but they do eat it often, especially on special occasions.  

Address : Vịt Quay Phát Thành – 157-159, Bùi Hữu Nghĩa St, Ward 7, Dist 5.

Price range: 300,000 – 400,000 VND / whole duck

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Poultry sister squad.
We’re ready to serve your hunger belly!
photo: lacviettravel.com.vn
Desserts

Who would NOT love desserts? Dear fellows, let’s go for a treat outside. We know that sweet treats are the perfect choice for a good ending of a “food-ful” day.

*Hong Kong style pastries (Guilty pleasure alert!) – Inside the little bakery lies many little fluffy golden treasures lying ready-to-pick-up on the trays. The popular dessert pastries are pineapple buns, egg tarts, egg waffles, taro/pandan/durian puff pastries, etc. Those delightful rascals will manage to trick your mind to consume some more calories to your diet. They’re irresistible!

Address: ABC Bakery – 229-231-233, Nguyễn Trãi, Ward. 2, District. 5.

Price range: 15,000 – 30,000 VND.

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Are you in misery being on a diet? Grab a dessert to cheer you up! 😉
photo: pasgo.vn

Chè (Dessert soups) – ‘Eating desserts is good for your health!’ This weird declaration applies only to Chinese chè. Ingredients for cooking Chinese chè are water chestnuts, dried longans (fruit), seaweeds, silver tree-ear fungus, lotus roots, dried jujubes, etc. braised in rock sugars. It might be a bit scary hearing those unfamiliar ingredients. In fact, for thousands of years, the Chinese have been practising healing health problem with food. Chinese chè encourages the body’s detoxification process, enhances metabolism and balance body’s temperature.

Address: Chè Hà Ký – 138, Châu Văn Liêm Street, District 5.

Price range: 15,000 – 25,000 VND

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Dare: name all the ingredients you see in this bowl of ‘chè’. Hint: no you can’t, it’s too complicated.
photo: daotaobepvang.com

At the end of the day, we’ve had many memorable and impressive food experience. Enjoy your good sleep, and may tomorrow bring you another feast in Chinatown. Dear folks, I hope you’ll have a unique food experience in Saigon Chinatown following some of my suggestions. Much love!

Levi.

Which Food in Ho Chi Minh City Should You Try?

Tell me, my fellow readers, what is it that keeps you alive until today? What is irreplaceable and is the utmost pleasure in life? F – O – O – D. Food. One word which contains one of the best delicacies of this world.

Here in Ho Chi Minh City, so many, too many kinds of food are available. From national to international appetites, nothing is out of the reach of Saigonese. Along with adapting, importing and appreciating other regions and nations’ cuisine, we also possess strong desires to share our personalities to the world, through the amazing dishes which has been cooked and developed through generations.

Most of our food is served on the street. That is the way we do things. Simple and convenient. We do not care about fancy places, for what we crave for is not luxuries, but the feeling of utter satisfaction in taste.

A street food stall in old Saigon. Photo: https://thanhnien.vn

I always find myself drowned in the ocean of choices that HCMC has to offer. Sometimes more is less. There are so many kinds of food to choose from, whenever I decide to eat out while living in this city. With that bears in mind, I would like to give you a list of several street foods of HCMC, and let’s figure out if you can make the decision faster than I do every day.

* ‘Bánh mì’ (bread with everything)

Bánh’ stands for all types of cakes or anything made of rice or wheat in Vietnam.

Bánh mì’ is what we Saigonese can eat at any time of the day. There are bread and everything inside it. We have cucumbers, all kinds of herbs (vegetables) and meat of course. Ham, grilled fork, ‘chả cá’,… Anything you could ever imagine of, we can put it in ‘bánh mì’. The ingredients of ‘bánh mì’ are usually not put into the bread before the orders from the customers are received, for everyone has a different opinion on how they want their ‘bánh mì’ to be served.

Photo: http://afamily.vn

For more information about bánh mì, we have another article for you:

Recommendations

**Bánh mì Sáu Minh

Address: 170 Võ Văn Tần, phường 5, quận 3 (170 Võ Văn Tần Street, Ward 5, District 3)

Hours: 8:00 – 22:00

Price: ~30.000VND (~1.32$)

This price is three times higher than the average price of ‘bánh mì’, because there are usually lots of ingredients inside and the bread is fully stuffed.

This famous ‘bánh mì’ stall on Võ Văn Tần Street is often crowded with customers. The place was recommended to me by my father, and our family usually buy ‘bánh mì’ there. Besides, they also sell dumplings and sticky rice.

**Bánh mì Huỳnh Hoa

Address: 26 Lê Thị Riêng, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1 (26 Lê Thị Riêng Street, Ward Phạm Ngũ Lão, District 1)

Hours: 14:30 – 23:00

Price: ~33.000VND (~1.45$)

This place is where you can get the biggest ‘bánh mì’ in HCMC. This is, of course, to make sure you can’t eat anything else for the rest of the day.

* ‘Cơm tấm’ (broken rice)

Now, this is a truly special dish of Saigonese. We created this dish, and it is one of the best dishes that we are most proud of. Interestingly, the history of this dish goes way back into the past.

Photo: https://www.vietnamtravel.co

The main ingredient, broken rice, is fragments of rice grains, broken in the field, during drying, during transport, or by milling. It used to be considered as the cheaper grade of rice for only the poor had to consume the “incomplete” rice. However, now it is considered a special part of Saigon cuisine, a dish that is loved by many people.

Nowadays, ‘cơm tấm’ is served with grilled pork (either ribs or shredded) plus the Vietnamese dish ‘’ (thinly shredded pork mixed with cooked and thinly shredded pork skin) over broken rice. Various green pickled vegetables are added along with a prawn paste cake, steamed egg, grilled prawns and egg meatloaf (the customers decide what to be put on their dish, really). Typically, restaurants will serve this popular combination with a small bowl of fish sauce, as well as a small bowl of soup broth with garlic chives (to cleanse the throat). Sometimes, ‘cơm tấm’ is served with omelette.

Recommendations

**Cơm tấm Trần Quý Cáp

Address: 260 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 5, Quận 3 (260 Võ Văn Tần Street, Ward 5, District 3)

Hours: 10:00 – 21:00

Price: 20.000VND – 50.000VND (~0.88$ – 2.2$)

This place is my family’s all-time favourite Cơm Tấm Restaurant. There are so many factors joint together to create the delicious dish of ‘cơm tấm’, and this place is most famous for its broken rice. However, one of the restaurant’s drawbacks is that there is only one kind of soup served here which is bitter gourd soup.

**Cơm tấm Nguyễn Văn Cừ

Address: 74 Nguyễn Văn Cừ, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1 (74 Nguyễn Văn Cừ Street, Nguyễn Cư Trinh Ward, District 1)

Hours: 6:00 – 20:00

Price: 50.000 – 100.000 (2.2$ – 4.40$)

This ‘cơm tấm’ restaurant owns the market of pork-chopped in ‘cơm tấm’. Their pork is big and delicious, with as much amount as you could ever imagine having for a day. And yet you still crave for more on the next. This restaurant is most famous for its pork in ‘cơm tấm’, because who doesn’t like BBQ? Therefore, the average cost of each serving in this place is more expensive than many others.

* Hủ tiếu/ Hủ tíu (Kuy teav)

Kuy teav is a noodle soup consisting of rice noodles with pork stocks and toppings. Kuy teav is generally assumed to be a dish with Chinese origin. It can be found at marketplace (phsar) stalls, roadside vendors, and restaurants across the country, and is highly regarded for its clear and soothing broth and a dazzling array of herbs, aromatics and other garnishes and condiments.

Photo: https://news.zing.vn

Recommendations

**Hủ tiếu Nhân Quán

Address:

  • 488 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường 2, Quận 3 (488 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Street, Ward 2, District 3)
  • 27Q Âu Cơ, Phường 14, Quận 11 (27Q Âu Cơ Street, Ward 14, District 11)
  • 122 Trần Quang Khải, Phường Tân Định, Quận 1 (122 Trần Quang Khải Street, Ward Tân Định, District 1)
  • 239 Âu Dương Lân, xã Bình Hưng, huyện Bình Chánh (239 Âu Dương Lân Street, Ward Bình Hưng, District Bình Chánh)
  • 72 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền, Phường 5, Quận 3 (72 Nguyễn Thượng Hiền Street, Ward 5, District 3)
  • 448 An Dương Vương, Phường 10, Quận 6 (448 An Dương Vương, Ward 10, District 6)
  • A68 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1 (A68 Nguyễn Trãi Street, Ward Nguyễn Cư Trinh, District 1)

Hours: 6:00 – 22:00

Price: 50.000VND – 66.000VND (~2.2$ – 2.91$)

This is the most famous system of ‘hủ tiếu’ restaurants of HCMC, as you can see above this brand has many locations all over the city.

**Quán Cả Cần

Address: 213 – 215 Nguyễn Tri Phương, Phường 9, Quận 5 (213 – 215 Nguyễn Tri Phương Street, Ward 9, District 5)

Hours: 6:00 – 22:00

Price: about 44.000VND (~2$)

This restaurant is not only famous for its ‘hủ tiếu’ but also all kinds of Chinese dumplings. We Saigonese usually go there for family breakfast.

* Phở

Phở’ is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef (phở bò) or chicken (phở gà.) ‘Phở’ is a popular street food in Vietnam and the specialty of a number of restaurant chains around the world. ‘Phở’ is originated in the early 20th century in Northern Vietnam, and was popularized throughout the rest of the world by refugees after the Vietnam War. The Hanoi and Saigon styles of ‘Phở’ differ from each other by noodle width, the sweetness of broth, and choice of herbs.

Photo: http://www.baoquangninh.com.vn

Recommendations

**Phở Thanh Cảnh

Address: 101 Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1 (55 Nguyễn Cư Trinh Street, Ward Nguyễn Cư Trinh, District 1)

Hours: 6:00 – 22:00

Price: 40.000VND – 60.000VND (~1.46$ – 2.64$)

This is my personal favourite ‘phở’ restaurant because I used to study English at ILA in the building next to the restaurant. Every Sunday morning, I, my sister and my father would enjoy a hot bowl of ‘phở’ before we go to English class. Despite that, I love the place because of the memories there and of course also the unforgettable taste of ‘phở’ in this old restaurant.

**Phở Đoàn

Address: 574 Kha Vạn Cân, phường Linh Đông, quận Thủ Đức (574 Kha Vạn Cân Street, Ward Linh Đông, District Thủ Đức)

* Ốc (Shellfish)

The eating of shellfish is unique to Vietnam. We eat every creature with a shell that lives in water bodies. There are lots of ways invented to make them, such as grill, stir-fried, boiled, raw, etc.

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Recommendations

**Thảo Ốc

Address:

  • 229 – 231 Hoàng Diệu, Phường 9, Quận 4 (229 – 231 Hoàng Diệu Street, Ward 9, District 4)
  • 99 Vĩnh Khánh, phường 8, quận 4 (99 Vĩnh Khánh Street, Ward 8, District 1)

Hours: 11:00 – 23:00

Price: 70.000VND – 150.000VND (~3.08$ – 6.61$)

This restaurant will bring you the truest taste of the ocean. The seafood is usually fresh and amazing, but what attracts customers here is actually the way the cook makes all the dishes. Incredibly strong favour. Everything is unforgettable.

**Ốc Đào

Address: 212B/D28 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1 (212B/D28 Nguyễn Trãi Street, Ward Nguyễn Cư Trinh, District 1)

Hours: 10:30AM–11:30PM

Price: 60.000NVD – 110.000VND (~2.64$ – 5$)

* Bánh xèo (Sizzling cake)

Bánh xèo, literally “sizzling cake“, named for the loud sizzling sound it makes when the rice batter is poured into the hot skillet is a Vietnamese savory fried pancake made of rice flour, water, turmeric powder, stuffed with slivers of fatty pork, shrimp, diced green onion, and bean sprouts.

>>>For more information about bánh xèo, please refer to this link

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Recommendations

**Bánh xèo Ăn là Ghiền

Address: 74 Sương Nguyệt Ánh, phường Bến Thành, Quận 1 (74 Sương Nguyệt Ánh Street, Ward Bến Thành, District 1)
Hours: 10:00 – 21:30

Price: 25.000VND – 110.000VND (~1.1$ – 4.84$)

This restaurant is our family’s favourite ‘bánh xèo’ dinner. We love the crispy of the cake here, and the stuffing is no different.

**Bánh xèo Mười Xiềm

Address: 204 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Phạm Ngũ Lão, Quận 1

Hours: 10:00 – 22:00

Price: 50.000VND – 110.000VND (~$2.2 – 4.84$)

* Bánh ướt (Steamed rice crêpes)

Bánh ướt’ is one of my favorite choices of breakfast, thanks to its simplicity and undeniable deliciousness. Bánh ướt, literally “wet cakes”, is a Vietnamese thin pancake wrapper consisting of rice noodle sheets, served with dipping sauce, fried shallots, and slides of chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage).

Photo: https://cachlammonngon.vn

Recommendations

I usually eat ‘bánh ướt’ in the marketplaces.

* Bánh tráng

Bánh tráng or bánh đa nem, a northern Vietnamese term, (literally, coated cake and nem skins, respectively), sometimes called rice paper wrappers, rice crepes, rice wafers or nem wrappers, are edible Vietnamese wrappers used in Vietnamese cuisine, primarily in finger foods and appetizers such as Vietnamese nem dishes. The term rice paper wrappers can sometimes be a misnomer, as some ‘bánh tráng‘ wrappers are made from rice flour supplemented with tapioca flour or sometimes replaced completely with tapioca starch. The roasted version is bánh tráng nướng.

Recommendations

All over the street.

Bánh tráng nướng. Photo: https://thedriftbackpackershostel.com
Bánh tráng trộn (Rice wrappers mixed with everything). Photo: http://huongrung.net

There are many varieties of bánh tráng, about which we will discuss in another article for you.

If you have any questions about this article or are in need for assistance about travelling in Vietnam or just anything at all, please do not hesitate to contact us, and we are sure to be thrilled to help.

Ngọc Lê

Banh xeo – a must-try food of Vietnam

Banh xeo, Vietnamese-style savory crepe, is a popular traditional Vietnamese dish, especially in the South-western region of Vietnam with one famous Banh xeo brand from Can Tho Province – Banh xeo Muoi Xiem.

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