China Town’s Must Try Dishes
1. "Tả Pín Lù" Hotpot
Fish Hotpot "Dan Ich”, according to the owner, has existed for about 40 years and reputation has gone beyond the scope of China town and become one of the most famous hotpot restaurants in Saigon. What makes the restaurant popular is that it still retains the style of old pot. Especially, unlike other types of hotpots which are put on fire, “Dan Ich” hotpot has a tube of hot coals put into the middle of the pot.
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- Address: 99 Chau Van Liem Street, Ward 14, District 5, HCMC.
- Opening hours 04:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
- Price: 50,000 VND - 110,000 VND (From 3 - 5 USD per one dish).
2. Hong Kong Dimsum
Dim sum - a beautiful small breakfast dish is perfect for those who love Chinese cuisine because of its diversity and attractiveness. And more, in the center of densely populated area where most of the Chinese people live in, such standard places to enjoy Hong Kong Dimsum are not indispensable.
- Address: 86-88 Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, Ward 7, District 5, HCMC.
- Opening hours 06:30 AM - 02:00 PM | 04:00 PM - 11:00 PM.
- Price: 50,000 VND - 200,000 VND (From 3 - 5 USD per one dish)
3. Scallion Cake
In District 5, all tourists know about a wheel which is famous for chives cake. And this wheel only sells four types: round scallion cake, square chives cake, taro cake, and cassava cake. But the main reason why they can attract a lot of gourmets to eat here is that it is delicious, cheap and rare in Saigon.
- Address: Le Quang Sung 52T, Ward 6, District 6, HCM
- Opening hours 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
- Price: 5,000VND - 15,000VND (From under 1 - 3 USD per one dish)
4. Roast Duck Noodle Soup
This restaurant is located on Nguyen Trai Street; its space is not too large but enough clean and neat layout. Here, as well as many other Chinese eateries, such this restaurant with plenty of dishes sold as a sparkling puller, open puller, noodles, wonton. However, most visitors coming here always enjoy Roast duck noodles. One dish of Roast duck noodles is served with a large duck leg which is deep fried and quite soft and sweet. The price is a little high, but it’s not all about the price as people have a saying "you will get what you pay for”, right?
- Address 455 Nguyen Trai Street, Ward 7, District 5, HCMC
- Opening hours: 07:00 AM to 02:00 AM
- Price: 30,000 VND- 55.000 VND (From over 1,5 - 3 USD per one dish).
5. Sui Cao (Chinese dumplings)
Speaking of Chinese dumplings, local people often think of kinds of Chinese dumplings in Guangzhou, which is common in restaurants on the Ha Ton Quyen or Vo Van Tan street. Chinese dumplings in Guangzhou are made with yellow and thin wonton, whereas the Guangdong ones are very different by thick layer of white powder, the ingredients as well as its tastes. Chinese dumpling wrappers are handmade thick crust and not commercially available in the marketplace. It has two types of fillings: chives or cabbage. More specifically, the types of shallots are kind of less meat than the cabbage one.
- Address: 125 Chau Van Liem Street, District 5, HCMC. HCM
- Opening hours 08:30 AM - 10:00 PM
- Price: 40,000 VND - 60,000 VND (From over 2 - 3 USD per one dish)
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6. Che (Sweet Soup) in China Town
Che "Ha Ky"
It is located on Chau Van Liem Street and very well-known. No matter when you come here in their consistent working hours (14 - 22h), you can see the massive crowd of people who are waiting here to enjoy the Sweet soup. The shop offers a range of typical but unique dishes of Chinese Sweet soup. One of the most favorite dishes of many gourmets is the granular chicken egg which has fresh and sweet flavors.
- Address: 138A Chau Van Liem Street, Ward 11, District 5, HCMC.
- Opening hours 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
- Price: 10.000 VND - 28.000 VND (From under 1 - 2 USD per one dish)
Che “Chau Giang”
Being one of the hardest shops to find in Saigon, but Che “Chau Giang” which was established in 1938 welcomes a large number of visitors a day. Currently, grandson of the founder of the restaurant has been controlling this place. The most popular dishes in the shop are ginkgo with quail egg, red apple with a fresh lychee, and daphnia with quail eggs. Address: 476-478 Tran Hung Dao B Street, District 5, HCMC. Opening hours 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Price: 14.000 VND - 32.000 VND ( From under 1 - 2 USD per one dish).
Located on An Diem street (District 5), Che “Tuong Phong” is famous for retaining the original flavors of the Chinese sweet soup. According to the feeling of the gourmets, the Sweet soups here, are different from other places, in a positive way. The most favorite dishes in this shop are tofu and Sweet soup of black sesame seeds. Address: 83 An Diem, District 5, HCM. Opening hours 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Price: 15.000 VND - 25.000 VND (From under 1 - 2 USD per one dish).
"Duong Ba Ho" Dessert
“Duong Ba Ho” Dessert attracts a lot of visitors with its unique space, good service, and tasty desserts. The most striking and unusual point which makes this place different from other shops is the balance of flavors. Address: "Đường Bá Hổ" Restaurant, 185 Vo Van Tan Street, Ward 14, District 3; 721 Nguyen Trai Street, Ward 11, District 5, HCM Opening hours 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM Price: 12.000 VND - 33.000 VND (From under 1 - 2 USD per one dish)
7. Com Ga Dong Nguyen (Chicken Rice)
Established in 1945, Com Ga Dong Nguyen is very popular with the locals even though its price is a bit high. “Com Ga” in Vietnamese means chicken rice. The sauce contains a mix of garlic, ginger, and chilli which has sweet and sour flavors and goes well with the chicken rice. Along with the chicken dishes, they also serve other dishes such as roast pork, pork chop, BBQ pork and a variety of soups as well.
- Address: 801 Nguyen Trai Street, Ward 14, District 5, HCMC.
- Opening hours 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
- Price: 50,000 VND - 80,000 VND (From under 2 - 4 USD per one dish)