On this food and culture tour, you'll learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture and the unique lifestyle in Ho Chi Minh city, while exploring the local food scene on a motorcycle!
About your host: "I'm passionate about everything in the city, especially amazing food. I've found that most tourists have limited time and are stuck in District 1. So I created Ho Chi Minh City & Food Tours to show travelers brilliant hidden parts, serve them exotic specialty foods, and connect them with locals."
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1st stop: Over 30-year-old Bot chien restaurant
Pan-fried scrambled egg rice cake & Bo pia roll
We stop at over 30-year-old Bot Chien Dat Thanh – the oldest and most famous places to eat Pan-fried scrambled egg rice cake and Bo pia roll. Two of these foods are Saigon's specialty foods which perhaps could not be found in other regions. The guide shows you how the skillful cook fry Pan-fried scrambled egg rice on the large flat pan until crispy.
2nd stop: Over 30-year-old Bo la lot restaurant
Grilled beef in wild betel leaf
After that, we have a short walk on the pavement to reach an over 30-year-old restaurant to see how they grill beef wrapped in green wild betel leaf. The sweet smell can make you would like to eat this food right away. The guide shows you how to eat the grilled beef with rice noodles with vegetables, herbs, rice noodles, rice paper, and special sauce.
3rd stop: Ho Thi Ky flower & Cambodian market
Grilled girdle banana cake
Ho Thi Ky flower market is the biggest flower market and known as the non-sleeping market. Coming here, you have a chance to walk through alleyways lined with flower shops with thousands of colorful and sweet-smelling flower. Trolling to Cambodian market hidden in Ho Thi Ky, you can immerse your self into local life, and learn to grill a banana girdle cake and enjoy the crispy and smelling cake.
4th stop: Ngo Gia Tu old appartment building & street food area & a dessert shop since 1975
Mixed fruit dessert or Coconut ice cream
It is time to zip through Saigon and reach one of the oldest apartment buildings, see the old architecture and visit a small old pagoda. The area is overwhelmed with busy night street food stalls which are the favorite of locals. It is a chance to eat at a 35-year-old dessert shop. There we serve you the Mixed fruit dessert which consists of fresh local fruits, shaved ice, and special sauce. Other option is Coconut ice cream which is one of the most favorite street food desserts.
5th stop: Long-standing Com tam restaurant
Broken rice with grilled pork
Stopping at a long-standing Broken rice restaurant, we see how they grill pork on charcoal, buy a portion of Broken rice and eat at the next stop. Broken rice should not be missed on a Saigon food tour because it is a specialty food of the city. It is a perfect blend of the broken rice, grilled pork, cucumber, pickles, green onion oil, sweet and sour fish sauce dip.
6th stop: Former mafia hotspot but a hustle street food area in the recent & Xom Chieu night food market & Vinh Khanh snail street
Stir-fried mud-creeper with coconut milk, Steamed clam with lemongrass, Grilled scallop with green onion oil, Fertilized duck egg if you dare enough & Local beer
we head to District 4 a tiny humble island district separated from the city's other parts by channels and rivers. This area is the former mafia hotspot run by Nam Cam notorious crime boss but has become a paradise of foodies. A drive around Xom Chieu market to see one of the top night street food markets to see countless stalls, foods, busy street vendors and dinners. The last and funniest stop is a restaurant in Vinh Khanh snail street where hundreds of dinner sit, eat, drink, and talk leisurely under the sky. There we enjoy the most popular dishes such as Stir-fried mud-creeper with coconut milk, Steamed clam with lemongrass, Grilled scallop with green onion oil. We make sure that it will be fun to suck or use sticks to eat the snail and clam dishes. If you dare enough to try Fertilized duck egg, we are happy to help you to crack the egg an eat. We also sip some local beers, cheer “1,2,3 dzo” like locals. Just experience the “Nhau” and “Snail eating” culture with your new friends.