Sep 192014
 

Perhaps the most interesting and fun part of both visiting and living in Saigon is getting to know Saigon’s Street Food Ladies … and their amazing foods.  Many of these women have been at work everyday tending their street food treasures for 10, 20, 30, and even 40 years – perhaps sitting on that same red plastic stool in that same narrow Saigon alley for all those years.

Here are introductions to a few of Hai and my favorite Saigon Street Food Ladies.  Do yourself a great favor and visit as many of these wonderful women as you can and enjoy authentic Saigon culture and some incredible Saigon street foods . . . prepared by our Saigon Street Food Ladies.
 

SAIGON PHO LADY

Hai chatting with the Saigon Phở Lady.

 

The Saigon Phở Lady

 

Hai’s been eating and loving the phở here at Phở Thanh Bình since he was in high school. A frequent late night stop for us in Saigon’s District 3. (… details + address & map)

 

 

The Saigon Cơm Tâm Lady

The gà nướng (bbq’s chicken) and chả (egg, crab, pork loaf) are both AMAZING.

 

The Saigon Cơm Tâm Lady

 

Traditional Saigon Broken Rice served “in the alley” here at Cơm Tâm 390 in District 3. We eat here once a week and still, we’re ready to go back anytime. Hai wants to know – “Where does she buy here incredible rice?” (… details + address & map)

 

 

 

 

 

The Saigon Cháo Lady

The Saigon Cháo Lady serves up some yummy cháo.


 

 
 

The Saigon Cháo Lady

 

The cháo (rice porridge) here is amazing! And, it’s a real adventure just to find The Saigon Cháo Lady in this District 10 alley! (… details + address & map)

 

 

 

 

banh canh cua

Ms. Tuyet, preparing banh canh cua for over 30 years!

 

 

 

 

The Saigon Bánh Canh Cua Lady

 

Tons of crabmeat, udon-like noodles and yummy soup broth here at Bánh Canh Cua 87 in District 1. Just excellent! (… details + address & map)

 

 

 

 

 

The Saigon Bún Riêu Lady

The Saigon Bún Riêu Lady serving up absolutely delicious bún riêu and bún bò Huế

 

 

The Saigon Bún Riêu Lady

 

Don’t miss some of the most authentic & delicious Saigon street food here in the Bình Thạnh District. YES YES, we know – this is Hai’s sister #3. 🙂 (… details + address & map)

 

The Saigon Soymilk Lady

Sữa đậu nành đặc biệt! (very special soymilk drink) prepared by the Saigon Soy Milk Lady

 

The Saigon Soymilk Lady

 

Simmering up her sữa đậu nành (soybean milk) brew in a narrow & busy District 4 alley for over a decade. You’ll love her … and her soy milk.(… details + address & map)

 

 

 

The Saigon Bánh Canh Giò Heo Lady

It’s all about timing here – open only an hour or so each day.

 

The Saigon Bánh Canh Giò Heo Lady 

 

Enjoy these thick rice noodles, rich spicy soup stock and a large chunk of giò heo (pork) at The Red Plastic Stool in District 1.Perhaps our most unique Saigon eating experience! (… details + address & map)

 

 

 

 

 

The Lunch Lady

The Lunch Lady sports her new sign!


 

 

The Lunch Lady

 

And of course, the marketing-savy, everyone-knows, Lunch Lady serving a different soup each day of the week in District 1.
(… details + address & map)

 

 

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Eating Saigon!’s Saigon Street Food Ladies Map

 

Discover the locations of our favorite Saigon Street Food Ladies

 

 

 

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 September 19, 2014

  One Response to “Saigon Street Food Ladies”

  1. Hi guys, Just in Saigon for two weeks and visited many of your recommendations . Hai’s restaurant was great as was Pho Oc as promised. But, The Saigon Chao Lady no longer does porridge. Will have to return soon to try more . Keep up the good work !
    Cheers and thanks,
    Ming from Melbourne Australia

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