Top 5 must-try afternoon snacks in Saigon


With the foods available from all corners of streets, Saigon is undoubtedly the best food city in Vietnam. Here are the top 5 favorite snacks you can easily find on any Saigon street.

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Banh Trang Tron (Mixed Rice Paper)

The first dish out of food to eat in Ho Chi Minh City is mixed rice paper. Mixed rice paper is a very rustic dish, favored by the youth, especially the pupils and students. Sometimes it can be compared that if anyone has never enjoyed this dish, he or she has not really experienced the student time. The materials of Saigon mixed rice paper are very simple with just a few julienned rice paper sheets, a little sour mango fibers, kumquat juice, laksa leaves, dried shrimps, roasted peanuts, a couple of quail eggs, dried beef, shrimp salt stirred up, then you have a delicious and eye-catching mixed rice paper dish. This is a street food associated with the student time of every people in Ho Chi Minh City. For people used to live in Ho Chi Minh City, there are not many of them who have never tasted this dish.

Banh Trang Tron (via

Bap Xao (Stir-fried corn)

This is an extremely attractive dish but extremely rustic and cheap. The ingredients needed to make this dish are extremely simple, but the taste of this dish is very special and attractive. Just with corn kernels stir-fried with dried shrimps or tiny shrimps, scallions, spices, sugar, and butter, we will have a delicious dish which is really irresitable. Stir-fried corn is also very affordable so that it is suitable for people in all social classes and ages.

Bo Bia (Popiah)

Bo Bia (via YouTube)

Popiah and spring rolls are not much different in shape. Popiah’s stuffing contains boiled cassava, Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, and salad. It is dipped in hoisine sauce with a little chilli, pickles, roasted peanuts, and fried dried onion. The taste of this Ho Chi Minh City food dish is different from spring rolls, and its shape is also smaller. This dish is sold most in An Duong Vuong Street, near the University of Pedagogy. After school, many students gather on this street and eat popiah. This dish is very simple to make with some ingredients which are available in any market in Ho Chi Minh City.

Banh Tam (Silkworm cassava cake)

Silkworm cassava cake (made from cassava) is a rustic dessert dish of Southern people. It is associated with the childhood of many people from rural to urban. It is called “silkworm cake) because of the silkworm-like shape of cake. It is elongated and covered with shredded coconut so that it looks like many silkworms. Silkworm cassava cake is slightly chewy with the succulent taste and fragrance of coconut. This is also a popular Ho Chi Minh City food which is often eaten with roasted sesame seeds and white sugar.

Silkworm cassava cake often has many different colors, such as green like pineapple leaf, white, and yellow like cassava.

Bot Chien (Fried Dough)

Bot Chien (via Google Sites)

This is a special dish in the list of delicious Ho Chi Minh City dishes tourists should try when coming to this city. Indeed, “fried dough” sounds a little “tasteless” but as long as people taste it once, almost every of them will compliment that this dish is very tasty and easy to eat. This Ho Chi Minh City dish seems to be very greasy, but thanks to the skillfully processing method of the sellers and the crunchy pickled carrot and green papaya served together, no one can said that this dish is satiated. Big eaters even can eat 2 plates of fried dough at once within a very short period of time.

Fried dough is sold on the small mobile shops on the roadsides to the cafes and restaurants. Depending on the localities, fried dough is made in different ways from the main ingredient – rice flour.

This dish is simple, but when it comes to Ho Chi Minh City food and cuisine, it cannot forget to mention this dish with its delicious taste which makes diners can never forget. Fried dough is widely sold a lot on the streets and near the school, because it is considered the favorite of the pupils and students with affordable price.

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