On normal days, few people notice, but when Ho Chi Minh City gets cold, these dishes are especially delicious

It’s cold, but there’s nothing better than eating a hot baked sweet potato or a smoky crab soup.

Ho Chi Minh City often rains these days, so the air is often chilly, especially in the evening. On the occasion of this cool weather, many people will invite each other to eat spicy and hot dishes to warm their stomachs. And baked sweet potatoes, fried rice, crab soup, etc. have become the most sought-after names. If you also want to enjoy these dishes when the weather is cool, save the following addresses immediately.

Baked sweet potato

Referring to the “honest” dishes in the cold season, baked sweet potatoes are probably the first choice of many people. This dish not only has an attractive aroma, but also has an extremely affordable price. Currently, the baked sweet potato dish has been upgraded when there are many more toppings inside.

Photo: Bao Le, Cham Nguyen

Each honey sweet potato will be grilled on embers until fragrant and full of honey, then people will make a cut in the middle to put toppings such as cheese, onion fat, soot, … inside. . When eating, the salty taste of the topping will be balanced with the sweet and fatty taste of the potato, making the dish more delicious. If you are looking to “change the taste” after many days of eating traditional baked sweet potatoes, try sweet potatoes with topping, guaranteed not to disappoint you.

Photo: Bao Bao

Suggested address:

Mam Mam 24h – 56 Vo Thi Sau, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1 (8am – 9pm)

Nagomi Baked Sweet Potatoes – 12 Nguyen Van Bao, Ward 4, Go Vap District (15:30 – 21:00)

Ritaki Grilled Sweet Potato – 11 Huynh Van Banh, Ward 14, Phu Nhuan District (6:30 – 23:00)

Break Lau

For a long time, Pha Lau has become a dish associated with many generations in Ho Chi Minh City. One can eat Pha Lau at any time of the day, but perhaps on chilly evenings, sipping the Spicy Pha Lau is the most appropriate. This dish is also very easy to find, just walking around a few times, you will see the street vendors selling at the school gates or the glass cabinets placed in the markets, the aroma emanating from the nose.

Photo: Thanh Truc Tat, Hoang Lam

The main ingredients of Pha Lau are internal organs such as tongue, ears, intestines, and stomach, which are simmered in a pot of broth cooked from coconut milk and herbs until absorbed, turning red-brown. The dish is often served with instant noodles mixed with sauce or dipped in greasy water with bread. If you just want to have a light meal, you can skewer each piece of crispy heart and then dip it into the sweet and sour tamarind sauce mixed with a thick paste. In addition to the original, Ho Chi Minh City also pleases you with a variety of different dishes such as fried rice, fried tamarind, grilled, … at an affordable price.

Photo: Tran Minh Truong

Suggested address:

Sichuan A Phi Lau Lau – 899 Cach Mang Thang Tam, Ward 7, Tan Binh District (11am – 8pm)

Aunt Nii’s Lau Lau – 243/30 Ton Dan, Ward 15, District 4 (14:00 – 21:00)

Lau Lau – 1A Suong Nguyet Anh, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1 (13:00 – 21:00)

Ba Hat Lau – 195 Ba Hat St., Ward 9, District 10 (9am – 9pm)

Goat soup

On cold days, sitting by the steaming pot, enjoying the hot goat hotpot to warm the body is nothing compared. Therefore, this is the time when goat hotpot restaurants are full of customers.

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A goat hot pot usually consists of many ingredients, which are fresh goat meat, goat corn, young tofu, straw mushrooms, green vegetables, etc. More specifically, the broth of goat hotpot will be seasoned with a rich medicinal flavor. North is fragrant, both creating a highlight for the dish, and overpowering the fishy smell of goats. When eating, you just need to wait for the hot pot to boil, add a few squeezes of noodles and then slowly enjoy to feel the harmony of each ingredient. In addition, you can order more goat brain, goat marrow to eat together for more fatty and aromatic taste.

Photo: Nguyen Ling

Suggested address:

Truong Dinh goat hot pot – 105 Truong Dinh, Ward 6, District 3 (10am – 10pm)

Goat hot pot 87 – 87 Pham Hung, Ward 9, District 8 (9am – 9pm)

Lam Ky goat hot pot – 47 Nguyen Thi Nho, Ward 9, Tan Binh District (15h – 22h)

Crab soup

In Ho Chi Minh City, it is not difficult to find a delicious crab soup restaurant for you to stop by. This dish is loved by many people not only because of its deliciousness, there are “numerous” of toppings to go with it, but it is also warm and light on the stomach to make it easier to eat other dishes. Especially on cold days, it further enhances the taste of crab soup.

Photo: @trangnhhimtron, @lanwiththi

Crab soup in Ho Chi Minh City often has many different toppings, including crab, shredded chicken, pork brain, and quail eggs, North Thao eggs, etc. This dish is usually cooked thickly, seasoned with rich flavor. Mix with chicken eggs and corn kernels, sprinkle on top of fried onions and pepper to enhance the aroma. Besides crab soup with basic topping, now this dish has added countless new toppings such as poached eggs, shrimp, crab sticks, crispy dried garlic butter bread, toppings, etc. try through.

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Suggested address:

Hang crab soup – alley 200 Xom Chieu, Ward 14, District 4 (16h – 21h)

Chrysanthemum Crab Soup – 1 Chrysanthemum, Ward 7, Phu Nhuan District (15h – 21h)

Crab soup 53 – 53 Co Giang, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1 (12:30 – 21:00)

Ut Tuyen crab soup – 160 Nguyen Thi Nho, Ward 15, District 11 (13h30 – 23h)


Porridge is a “good candidate” for the cold season because this dish is always kept hot on the stove and when it arrives, it will be hot, blowing and eating. Although it is a popular dish, the porridge is a harmony between the sweet taste from the blooming rice grains and the crunchy, fatty taste of the dishes. Therefore, this rustic flavor has stuck with the people of Ho Chi Minh City over the years.

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Porridge is cooked from ordinary rice grains, wait until it is soft, then add fresh blood and boiled water, so it has a reddish brown color and an attractive aroma. Usually, a bowl of porridge is always full of toppings such as liver, pho, heart, stomach, sausages, blood, etc. Accompanied by a few raw vegetables, bean sprouts, fish sauce and a plate of golden fried pancakes. On cold days, enjoying a bowl of hot porridge that is smooth, fragrant with the smell of rice combined with chewy pho or a piece of fleshy liver will make you feel warm and confident.

Photo: @bachuaviahe, @lanwiththi

Suggested address:

Mrs Ut’s heart porridge – 193 Co Giang, Co Giang Ward, District 1 (6am – 10pm)

Ancient porridge cart – alley 4 Tran Khac Chan, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1 (15h3 – until the end)

Porridge porridge 144 – 144 Phan Dang Luu, Ward 1, Phu Nhuan District (17h30 – 0h)

Nam Dinh heart porridge – 24 Luu Dinh Le, Binh An Ward, District 2 (15h – 0h)