Saigon: New kid on the foodie block

Asia’s top foodie cities have for long been Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Saigon’s a new kid on the block.

Australian magazine Traveller has included Saigon in its list of top ten foodie cities in Asia beyond Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

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The Banh Beo Hue stall in Ben Thanh Market is very popular among the locals

The magazine says Saigon is one of the best places in Asia to take to the streets and eat like a local. It recommends street stalls around the famous Ben Thanh market that serve “chicken and mushroom soup, pancakes, and seasoned beef with peanut sauce wrapped in leaves, all washed down with freshly sugarcane juice or cold beer.”

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Foreign tourists enjoy Vietnamese dishes at a food stall in Ben Thanh Market.

Last June, a survey by, an e-commerce travel site, found that Saigon was among the best places in the world to take a local cuisine tour. It was also named among the best global food destinations.

Other places on the magazine’s list include Taipei, Phnom Penh, Chiang Mai, Melaka, Mumbai, Kyoto and Seoul.

Vietnam’s largest city has several plaudits from global gourmets.

Last year, Saigon was named among the world’s best food destinations by Caterwings, a site that offers online food ordering service in Europe.

Some of the dishes found on Saigon’s street corners have made it to all corners of the world, like the banh mi, a sandwich, is one of the top 20 must-try street foods in the world, according to Fodor’s Travel.

The iced coffee with condensed milk has also become a global hit, featured in leading publications like NatGeo and The New York Times.


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