Top 5 The Most Famous Dishes in Ben Thanh Market

Banh beo thap cam – Mixed water fern cake (or mixed steamed rice cake): In the West Gate and East Gate of Ben Thanh Market there are many stalls selling mixed water fern cake with flavour like the one in Hue and they are very crowded. A serving consists of water fern cake, banh nam – also a kind of steam cake, banh bot loc - chewy tapioca dumpling, banh it tran - rice flour balls, cha – a type of Vietnamese sausage, dried pork and fish sauce with chilli. Price from 18,000 to 40,000 VND (0.7 – 1.6 USD) per serving, depending on the amount of cake.

Banh bot chien - Fried dough: In the corner opposite East Gate of Ben Thanh Market, the stall selling fried dough is very crowded every afternoon. The fried dough dish looks delicious and attractive with yellow colour, crispy outer layer and fleshy inside, served with sweet and sour papaya salad. The price is 35,000 VND (1.5 USD) a serving, slightly higher than fried dough in other regions.

Bun mam - Vietnamese gumbo: the stall selling bun mam in Bac Lieu style has been more than 40 years, located in the opposite of the East gate. The noodle bowl is attractive with white snakehead fish pieces, fresh shrimp, crispy roast pork, homemade fish cakes. It is served with vegetables such as: bitter herbs bean sprouts, lettuce, coriander and chilli tamarind fish sauce. The stall sells it from 6am to 7pm, the price of 65,000 VND (2.6 USD) per bowl.

Bun rieu - Vermicelli soup: Formerly it was a small stall in the sidewalk but now a restaurant which is always crowded, open all day at the opposite of East Gate of Ben Thanh Market. The vermicelli bowl is very attractive with nice colour, special fragrance with tomato, thin vermicelli and delicious broth. It’s 38,00 VND (1.5 USD) per bowl.

Che – sweet soup: In the gate No. 7 there is a sweet soup stall which is now 40 year old, selling mostly southern sweet soup. It’s attractive with diners with many colour in the glass case: the green nuggets, yellow bananas and corn, green beans, white coconut, purple taro, red jelly... the favourites are the grapefruit sweet soup, 3 colour, green beans, corn and taro sweet soup. It opens from 6 am to 6 pm, and busiest at about 2pm-4pm. Price from 15,000 to 25,000 VND (0.7 – 1 usd) per serving.

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