EAT HERE NEXT

The Dish on Saigon

Source Article: The Dish on Saigon
  1. These banh cuon—meat-filled rice pancakes—are topped with blanched mung beans and shreds of fresh basil. A little dipping bowl of nuoc mam (fish sauce) accompanies the dish, and the plastic jug on the table holds plenty more. (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  2. The street-front assembly line: The woman on the right cooks the sheer crepe and then lifts it off a steaming griddle. Next, it's filled with a pork-and-mushroom mixture before being folded into a delectable little package. (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  3. There are dozens of food counters like this one at Cholon's Binh Tay Market. The lady who runs Stall 6 grills skewers of minced pork right on the spot for her fantastic bun thit nuong (rice noodles with meat). (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  4. A bowl of sweet, freshly barbecued meat, crunchy nem (spring rolls), and slivers of mint, basil, cilantro, and lettuce. Use both the chopsticks and spoon for maximum efficacy. (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  5. Each stall at Binh Tay Market has a role to play in your meal. When it's time for dessert, grab a stool at Stall 36 and choose between a rich sinh to (a fresh fruit smoothie) and a glass of che (a coconut-milk-based dessert soup). (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  6. Saigon's Chinatown is a flurry of traffic and commerce centered around Binh Tay Market. (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  7. It might not seem like it, but there's order to the endless maze of rows at Binh Tay Market, with vendors of the same wares located next to one another. (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  8. These gorgeously hued mounds are different varieties of sugar—a testament to the precision that goes into making every Vietnamese dish just perfect. This is a favorite hangout for bees, too, so watch out…. (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  9. After a visit to Ben Thanh Market, Thanh Binh is the perfect lunch spot. Grab a table on the sidewalk, order a bowl of noodle soup, and take in the city's activity. (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  10. Thanh Binh is an affordable place to try out Saigon's fresh seafood dishes, like this banh canh cua, or crab noodle soup. For optimum flavor, dip the meaty crab claws in the accompanying little bowl of black-pepper sauce. (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)
  11. The cooks at mega-popular, open-air Quan An Ngon wear brown tunics and black pants—traditional Vietnamese dress—and assemble their orders at 19 dish-specific stalls. (Courtesy Naomi Lindt)

Get Inspired with more from BudgetTravel.com


Recent Slideshows


Budget Travel Real Deals


  • From $1,078

See more deals »

Recent Articles


Budget Travel Real Deals


  • From $1,078

See more deals »

Video


Our newsletter delivers vacation inspiration straight to your inbox.

Video


Check Prices