In Saigon there are many type of snacks that you can eat, but these snacks are some of the tastiest and most popular. They can be bought nearly anywhere in the city where street food is sold, and they will always go down easy with some Vietnamese ice tea or a caffe sua da. So when your traveling around Saigon and you get hungry remember these snacks and have a nice and quick little meal:
Papaya salad (Goi du du)
Made from shreds of young papaya, served in sour-sweet spicy sauce, topped with roasted peanut, Vietnamese basil, shrimp cracker and most important beef liver or lung that has been braised in secret aromatic dark sweet sauce with probably different spices. This is a delicious and flavor packed salad that will keep you wanting to eat more and more.
Rice Paper baked (Banh trang nuong)
A mixture of minced pork, dried shrimp, and chopped scallions over a sheet of rice paper. Next, a quail egg in cracked on top and the egg swirled around with a spoon mixed with all the rest of the ingredients. It’s Grilled and Lastly, hot sauce in a squeezy bottle is squirted on top and a heap of butter’s added. All together this makes for one very tasty treat.
Mixed rice paper (Banh trang tron)
Bánh tráng trộn (mixed rice paper) is the favorite snack of teenagers in Saigon. It is like a salad made from shredded rice paper mixed with jerky, dried shrimps, roasted peanuts, boiled quail eggs, shredded mangoes, fried onions, and herbs. It is seasoned with chili sauce, salt, cashew oil, and onion oil until it is sour, spicy, salty, and sweet at the same time. It’s this mixture of tastes that helps to make it so popular and well liked.
Phá lấu is pig/cow intestines boiled down to a soft texture in a salty broth. It can be served with bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwich) or noodles.
Fresh spring rolls (Goi cuon)
This is one of the most popular snacks for Vietnamese and Foreigner alike. The typical ingredients include slivers of pork ,shrimp, fresh herbs like basil and cilantro, lettuce, cucumbers, sometimes fresh garlic chives, rice vermicelli, all wrapped in moistened rice paper. A standard dipping sauce is composed of fish sauce, lime, garlic, sugar, and chilies. It’s also served with a peanut sauce.