Cheap Places to Eat in Ho Chi Minh City


There are quite a few cheap places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City with good quality of food. A common point of these restaurants is that it is not easy to find out their addresses because they are often located deeply in the narrow alleys. In addition, the opening time just lasts a few hours.

Bánh canh Nguyen Phi Khanh (Nguyen Phi Khanh noodle soup)

Bánh canh Nguyen Phi Khanh is one of the most famous Ho Chi Minh City’s restaurants in District 1.

The best thing about this noodle restaurant is the good taste of pork knuckle. Pork knuckles have to be carefully selected, cleaned thoroughly and boiled three times before being used as the broth. This is a secret that makes ham hock maintain delicious taste and aroma. In addition, this dish is not too greasy. However, a shortcoming is that the noodles and the broth are not really superb.

Nguyen Phi Khanh noodle soup

The price of “bánh canh” here is quite cheap, particularly a bowl of “bánh canh” is  13,000 VND. If you want to eat a piece of pork knuckle, you have to pay 25,000 VND. Besides, a bowl added with two pieces of lean knuckles and tendon ham hock costs 40,000 VND. Many diners said that with such a good quality, this price is completely acceptable.

Crab soup with century eggs

Tan Dinh market is famous for many delicious dishes including the egg soup. In reality, it is not difficult to cook the soup but to have delicious soup, the dish needs to contain a lot of ribs, torn chicken and crab meat. Besides, the soup is cooked thickly but it should include much meat instead of flour. A bowl of thick soup of crab meat, torn chicken and quail eggs costs 18,000 VND. If the dish is added with a century egg or a pork brain or chicken legs, you will pay additional 13,000 VND. Being supplemented with various types of food, you will be full up with a bowl of crab soup.

Crab soup with century eggs

This restaurant of crab soup will close at 6 p.m. The best time to eat crab soup is from 11 a.m to 3 p.m because the restaurant is not too crowded at that time. If choosing the peak time, sometimes you even do not have seat for eating.

Ốc Tuyết (Tuyết snail)

Ốc Tuyết, which is situated in the alley 256, Duong Ba Trac, District 8, is always packed with customers. Furthermore, this food stall quickly runs out of snails.

Tuyết Snail, District 8

First of all, at this restaurant, all the types of snails including garlic snail, articulate harp shell and scallop are at the same prices of 20,000 VND a plate. The way of choosing the food of the restaurant is quite special. After taking snails to eat on a plate, you go back to the table and a waiter will come to ask how you want to process each type of snail. At this restaurant, the food will be served immediately. Just after 3-4 minutes, the first dish will be offered and other dishes will quickly appear on your table. Snails here are fat and fresh because all the snails sold out within the day.

The above-mentioned are some suggestions for places to eat in Ho Chi Minh City. Hope that you will choose the best one to enjoy the Saigon’s cuisine.