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Local Guide to Must-try Dishes in the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City

Once stepping in Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown, you will feel like being in a mini Hongkong with people speaking Cantonese and stores selling Chinese dishes. As you stroll through the spiderwebbing streets and alleyways, get ready to enjoy these must-try dishes in the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City.

Must-try Dishes in the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City

Handmade Noodles

If you are into Hongkong movies, you must know the “Kungfu egg noodle” – handmade fresh noodles, made with the cook’s skillful moves. Unlike the pre-packaged noodle, this one is more flavorful and chewy yet tender. It normally comes with a braised duck leg or other toppings like char siu, shrimp, pork organs, etc.

Restaurant Khai Ky Thieu Ky 
 Address 116 – 118 Ha Ton Quyen, Ward 4, District 11  66/5 Le Dai Hanh, Ward 7, District 11 
 Opening hours  6:30 AM – 11:30 AM; 4:30 PM – 10:30 PM 7 AM – 1 AM
 Price VND 32,000 – VND 98,000 VND 30,000 – VND 67,000


must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh noodle

Chinatown’s noodle is always among the best ones in town

must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh noodle 1

Slurping noodles while watching a Kungfu egg noodle performance, isn’t it exciting?

Dim Sum

“Dim sum” means “breakfast” in Chinese. Thus, people usually enjoy it at the beginning of their day. Dim sum refers to all small bite-sized food served in a bamboo steamer or a plate. They are usually made from pork or shrimp, flour, and eaten with soya sauce. The most prevalent types are dumplings and Chinese buns, which appear everywhere from fancy restaurants and buffet parties to street stalls.

RestaurantBaoz DimsumKhang Dimsum Bar
Address 88 Nguyen Tri Phuong, Ward 7, District 5  20 Nguyen Duy Duong, Ward 8, District 5 
Opening hours  6:30 AM – 10:30 PM 7 AM – 10 PM
Price VND 55,000 – VND 400,000 VND 38,500 – VND 275,000


must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh original wonton

Want to try dumplings? You can choose Wonton Soup

must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh original hargow

… or Har Gow

must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh original siumai

… or Siu Mai

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Roasted Duck

Beijing Roasted Duck is famous worldwide but you can have a similar delicious dish right in Chinatown. Unfortunately, Vietnamese don’t enjoy this dish at a restaurant. They simply go to these stores and take their favorite one away, so you should consider bringing it to your hotel.

StoreVinh PhongPhat Thanh
Address 523 Phan Van Tri, Ward 7, District 5  132 Bui Huu Nghia, Ward 7, District 5 
Opening hours 5 AM – 9 PM 5:30 AM – 9 PM
Price/one roasted duck  VND 340,000 VND 340,000

 Hotpot

It would be a waste to talk about must-try dishes in the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City without mentioning hotpot. Hotpot is the perfect option for a friend’s reunion or a family get-together. With a boiling pot in the center of the table, hotpot promotes friendship by urging people to cook together. Normally, they boil vegetables first and put meat or seafood in the pot later.

RestaurantDan Ich (Fish Hotpot) Phuoc Duyen (Vegetarian Hotpot) 
Address 99 Chau Van Liem, Ward 14, District 5  109 Nguyen Bieu, Ward 1, District 5 
Opening hours 4 PM – 10 PM 10 AM – 9 PM
Price/one hotpot  VND 310,000 – VND 510,000 VND 190,000 – VND 220,000


must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh original hotpot

A hotpot consists of many ingredients: vegetables, herbs, spice, proteins (meat, seafood, mushroom,…), and sauce

Sweet Soup

You may know this as a popular Vietnamese dessert, but many types of it originated from China. Nhan Nhuc (Dried Longan Sweet Soup) and Sam Bo Luong (Ching Bo Leung) are two popular Chinese sweet soups that you can easily find in the city. However, some types are only in Chinatown, including Hot Ga Tra (Herbal Egg), Dau Hu Hanh Nhan (Almond Jelly) and Quy Linh Cao (Guilinggao).

RestaurantHa KyTuong Phong
Address 138 Chau Van Liem, Ward 11, District 5  83 An Diem, Ward 10, District 5 
Opening hours  10 AM – 11 PM 7 PM – 10 PM
Price VND 25,000 – VND 45,000 VND 18,000 – VND 51,000


must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh original nhanvai

Having cool sweet soup is a way to survive the heat in Ho Chi Minh City

must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh original hotga

Hot Ga Tra

must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh original meden

Che Me Den is good on the tongue and good for your health

must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh dauhu

Dau Hu Hanh Nhan

must try dishes in the chinatown of ho chi minh quylinh

Quy Linh Cao

Summary of Must-try Dishes in the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City

These must-try dishes in the Chinatown of Ho Chi Minh City will surely make you satisfied after a city tour. Besides, they’re the representatives of one of the largest communities in the city, so eating them is a yummy way to understand more about life here in Vietnam.

If you can’t reach Chinatown, check out these places to try Chinese cuisine in Ho Chi Minh City.

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