9 recommended dishes in HCMC for VnExpress Marathon runners

Dishes from snails, broken rice, vermicelli, noodle soup, and cake Canh can be found in many restaurants in the central area of ​​Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City is the intersection of colorful culinary cultures of many regions, in which, each dish popular, simple, or sophisticated has its own flavor. If you have the opportunity to come to Ho Chi Minh City to attend the VnExpress Marathon Ho Chi Minh City Midnight, runners and visitors can try the dishes below.

Broken rice

9 must-try dishes when coming to Ho Chi Minh City

Around the streets and alleys in Ho Chi Minh City, there are many shops selling broken rice – a dish loved by both adults and children. The ribs are marinated with a harmonious sweet and salty taste, then grilled on charcoal until the meat is evenly golden and soft from the inside out. In addition to ribs, broken rice is also served with meat, omelet, egg rolls, pickles, cucumbers, tomatoes, and fish sauce with a sweet and sour taste.

Suggested address: 85 Ly Tu Trong, District 1; 263 Tran Quang Khai, District 1; 100 Thach Thi Thanh, District 1; 223 De Tham, District 1; 85 Ly Tu Trong, District 1.


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Hu Tieu is a popular dish, showing the culture and life of the people of Ho Chi Minh City. You can find this dish in many places, from small roadside stalls to restaurants with many different flavors, including Nam Vang noodle soup, My Tho noodle soup. Many shops also combine squid, crab, beef balls with noodles.

Suggested address: Co Chanh noodle soup at 69 Ton That Dam, District 1; A65 Nguyen Trai, District 1; 233 Nguyen Cong Tru, District 1; 391 Vo Van Tan, District 3…

Chicken noodle soup

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To meet the diverse needs of foodies, in addition to beef noodle soup, you can also enjoy chicken noodle soup when coming to Ho Chi Minh City. Each restaurant has its own way of cooking but still retains the delicious and sweet taste of chicken. Served with price, vegetables such as coriander, cinnamon leaves, herbs.

Suggested address: 57 Nguyen Du, District 1; 120D Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1; May 14 Ky Dong, District 3; 148 Vo Thi Sau, District 3; 48 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 1.

Noodle soup

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Bun rieu is one of the popular dishes that many people love. In Ho Chi Minh City, vermicelli is prepared according to the characteristics of many regions, not only delicious in taste but also eye-catching. Depending on the restaurant, a bowl of vermicelli noodles often has a seasoning broth, crab, spring rolls, blood or even snails and meat. Served with this dish, there are water spinach, banana cabbage, herbs, and a cup of fish sauce.

Suggested address: 43 Dinh Tien Hoang, District 1; 17C Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1; May 18, Nguyen Canh Chan, District 1; 94 De Tham, District 1; 55 Co Giang, District 1.


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Bread is one of the dishes that are both convenient and easy to buy everywhere on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. This is a favorite dish thanks to the outer layer, the soft intestine, and the inside is the filling with many different types. Depending on the regional culture or personal preference, each person can choose bread with flavors such as shumai, beef jerky, meat, spring rolls, and eggs.

Suggested address: 12 Nguyen Huy Tu, District 1; 26 Le Thi Rieng, District 1; 187 Hai Ba Trung, District 3; 37 Nguyen Trai, District 1; 18A2 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1.

Sticky rice

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Sticky rice is also a favorite dish of many people in Ho Chi Minh City with variations from salty to sweet. In which, sweet sticky rice often has sticky rice that is cooked very flexible, fragrant and peanuts, green beans … or sticky rice; and salty sticky rice, there are pork, silk rolls, cotton balls, sausages with sweet soy sauce or gravy. This dish can be used for breakfast, afternoon snacks or evening meals.

Suggested address: 22 Phan Boi Chau, District 1; 310 Hai Ba Trung, District 1; 44 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1; 148 Nguyen Van Cu, District 1; 17 Tran Quoc Toan, District 3.

Noodles with fish sauce

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This is a dish originating in the West, then introduced to Ho Chi Minh City. Currently, bun mam has become one of the favorite dishes of many people. The ingredients of the dish are typical of Southern rivers such as shrimp, squid, snakehead fish, bitter vegetables, water lily, and rafter. Bun mam is indispensable with roasted pork, eggplant, protein broth, fragrant aroma and tamarind fish sauce.

Suggested address: 174 Nguyen Thien Thuat, District 3; 116 Banana Garden, District 3; 13 Phan Boi Chau, District 1; 78 Tran Quang Khai, District 1…

Bread soup

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It would be a big omission if you come to Ho Chi Minh City without trying the cake Canh made from flour, rice flour or tapioca. Dishes are prepared varied and rich. In particular, the taste of chewy banh chung flour combined with sweet broth and many “toppings” such as crab, pork leg, meat, fish… gives you an unforgettable experience.

Suggested address: 87 Tran Khac Tran, District 1; 453/50 Le Van Sy, District 3; No. 8 Ton That Dam, District 1; 219 Nguyen Trai, District 1; 18A/16 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1.


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Snail dishes have become popular, attracting many tourists when coming to Ho Chi Minh City. Although not a sea country, snails in Ho Chi Minh City have all kinds such as blood cockles, incense snails, nail snails, fat snails, snails with various processing methods such as steamed lemongrass, boiled, roasted with salt and pepper, grilled, fried, etc. hot pot… affordable price.

Suggested address: 25/5 Nguyen Binh Khiem, District 1; alley 212B Nguyen Trai, District 1; 18 Vo Van Kiet, District 1; 1408 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3.

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