The Top 8 Vietnamese Noodle Soups That You Can’t Live Without.

Address: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

What consistently puts Vietnam on the worldwide culinary map is its phenomenal noodle soups like the famous “Pho Bo”. Here is our comprehensive list of our favorite types of Vietnamese Noodle Soups and some of our recommended locations.

1. Mi Quang, the yellow noodles from Danang  

Hailing from Danang, this Vietnamese Noodle Soup is comprised of yellow rice noodles in a chicken/pork broth. Local eateries serve it with an assortment of veggies and rice crackers for textural purposes. The turmeric based meat broth is usually used to just to barely cover the noodles and meat. The most common Mi Quang dish is made with Pork broth, served with Pork ribs, quail eggs and a prawn. If you truly want a spectacular bowl of Mi Quang, go to Danang, if you cant, go to our recommendations ⬇️

Mi Quang
Me Vui’s fish Mi Quang

We like : Me Vui, D3

Located on the border of D3 & D1, Me Vui has so far been the only Mi Quang restaurant to satisfy our extremely demanding taste buds. Their broth has a nice, strong turmeric flavor, and the fish Mi Quang ( Mi Quang Ca Loc) is outstanding! Plus the service is extremely friendly! Price range 40-60K

Hours 7:00-19:30 | Address 41 Kỳ Đồng, Phường 9, Quận 3 Hồ Chí Minh

2. Bun Bo Hue, A Member of Hue’s Royalty

This is probably Hue’s most recognized dish found across the country and is arguably the second most popular soup dish after Pho Bo. Its main ingredient is beef, however the predominant flavors which set it apart from its other robust counterparts include the elevated spiciness and the lemongrass. Accompanying the chunks of beef are the large cylindrical vermicelli noodles and a very rich beef broth.

Bun Bo Hue

We like : Bun Bo Hue Nhan Tri 2, D5

This epic Vietnamese noodle soup spot is located in the heart of bustling District 5. The richness of the beef broth is incomparable, the large pieces of meat are delectable, and their special “Dac Biet” version is most likely the largest bowl of soup you can have in Vietnam, packed with all manner of Pork and Beef chunks. This is an all-round home-run when it comes to one of Vietnam’s most ubiquitous broths. Price range 50k-120k.

Hours 9:00-21:00 | Address 758 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Phường 7, Quận 5

We also like : Bun Bo Hue 31, D1

A bit more accessible than our previous recommendation, Bun Bo Hue 31 is consistent and above average compared to most counterparts in Saigon. Located off of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai not far from the center of town, this gem is easily accessed and the service is always amicable.

Hours 6:00 -14:00, | Address 31 Mạc Đĩnh Chi, Đa Kao, Quận 1

3. Pho Bo, Needs No Introduction

Probably the most ubiquitous and recognized Vietnamese dish thanks to thousands of refugees who settled around the globe following the Vietnam war. This mighty dish is said to have originated in the North of the country where people contend it is saltier, in contrast to its sweeter southern counterpart. Made of beef bone broth, often boiled for over 8 hours, it produces a rich, sweet taste, accompanied by various types of beef cuts and thin rice noodles.

Pho Bo

We like : Pho Tanh Binh, D1

Consistency and quality reigns supreme at this small family run pho spot. The broth is rich and perfectly hot, the chunks of meat are tender and the accompanying herbs are always fresh. Another plus for our readers is the location, at the edge of D1 but still quite accessible.

Hours (irregular) 11:00 -14:00, 17:00 – late | 18B Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Đa Kao

We also like : No Named Street Stall, D1

This little convenience shop, which transforms into a Pho Restaurant at night, is the very essence of what makes Saigon one of the world’s greatest street food destinations. The family run join churns out of the the best, yet basic, bowls of Pho Bo we’ve had. Sit on little plastic chairs and watch the world go by as you chow down on Vietnam’s favorite broth.

Hours (irregular) 18:00 – until they run out | Trần Khánh Dư, Tân Định, Quận 1

4. Banh Canh Cua, Crab Soup with Tapioca Noodles

Banh Canh is literally translated into Cake Soup, because of the thick, gelatinous noodles which makes up more than 50 % of the dish. The thick noodles are made of tapioca flour, contrasting quite sharply with the usual rice noodles found in most dishes in Vietnam. Accompanying these fantastic noodles, they make the broth from pork or/and crab meat, and of course the dish comes loaded with delicious chunks of crab meat. Usually a bowl of Banh Canh also comes and long pieces of buttery bread sticks to dip in the broth.

Banh Canh Cua
A baeutiful bowl of crab soup

We like: Banh Canh Cua 14, D5

Banh Canh Cua 14 is a simple, no-frills spot with their own unique cilantro/lime dipping sauce for the crab chunks. What makes this spot stand out from the crowd is the outstandingly rich broth, fresh crab chunks and this unique sauce. We recommend sticking to the basics here and ordering the plain crab soup. Price range 45k-55K

Hours 7:00 – 23:00 | Address 215 Trần Bình Trọng, Phường 3, Quận 5

We also like : Banh Canh Cua 87, D1

This is one of the better known crab brotheries, and its reputation is well deserved. Within 20 minutes of opening, you will struggle to find a seat. But it’s well worth the wait, as this is one of the most crab soups you can find. Apart from the strips of crab, it comes loaded with crab cakes, spring onions, mushrooms, and buttery bread bites. Price range 45-55K

Hours 14:00 – 21:00 | Address 87 Trần Khắc Chân, Tân Định, Quận 1

5. Bun Rieu, a Tomato and Crab Soup.

This unique soup is served with a tomato and crab based broth and topped with freshwater crab paste, rice noodles, home made pork sausage and topped with an assortment of greens. The broth is somewhat sour and usually preferred by locals in the summer months.

Best Bun Rieu
Bun Rieu

We like: Quan Bun Rieu, Thao Dien

Situated in the heart of “ex-pat central”, this tiny, unassuming street stall is the definition of Saigon street food. Contrasting with the neighboring hipster cafes and breweries, this family run joint serves a rich broth choc-full of goodness. Price range 30K-50K.

Hours (irregular) 11:00-14:00 | Address 1 Đường Lê Văn Miến, Thảo Điền, Quận 2

6. Bo Kho, Beef Stew with French Roots

This is a Vietnamese interpretation of beef stew, BO means Beef and Kho means stew. The beef should be cooked long enough to make it nice and tender, accompanied by onions and carrots. The broth is a thick and beef-based with a hint of lemongrass and cinnamon. The dish is usually served with either bread, to soak up the rich beefy broth, or Hu Tieu noodles. Best eaten during a heavy downpour in monsoon season.

Bo Kho

Glorious Bowl of Bo Kho

We Like: Hem 5 Bo kho, D3

Street food at its finest. Another outstanding family-run joint off Vo Van Tan street in a bustling neighborhood of D3. The star of this hem show is undoubtedly the broth. Rich and meaty, the proportion of noodles, meat, broth and carrot chunks is perfect. Although the meat chunks might not always be as tender as possible, the quality of the broth makes up for it. Price range 40K-60K

Price range 40K-60K

Hours 15:00-19:00 | Address hẻm 5, 194 Võ Văn Tần, Phường 5, Quận 3

7. Pho Ga, Vietnamese Chicken Soup

While Pho Ga (chicken pho) is undoubtedly a Hanoian specialty, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a satisfying bowl here in Saigon. When done correctly—with tender chicken, a heap of fresh herbs, and a rich, fatty broth—it’s among the most nourishing dishes Vietnam has to offer. Dressed with hoisin and a little hot chili sauce, a bowl of Pho Ga in the rain is one of life’s simple joys.

Pho Ga Netflix

A hearty bowl of Pho Ga

We like: Pho Mien Ga Ky Dong, D3

This bustling Pho Ga stop off Ky Dong Street has recently grown in profile after a feature on the Netflix series ‘Street Food’, and for good reason. By our measure, it checks all the boxes: tender chicken in a slightly sweet broth with a healthy plate of fresh herbs and vegetable on the side. What really sets this Pho Ga apart, however, is their homemade chili sauce, packing just the right amount of heat to take the dish to another level.

Price range: 40-50K

Hours: 5AM – 1:30AM | Address: 14/5 Bis Ky Dong, Phuong 9, Quan 3

8. Mì Vịt Tiềm, Delicious Duck Soup with Chinese Origins

When it comes to rich, deep broths, Mi Vit Tiem, or Vietnamese duck soup, claims a spot at the top. Traditionally served in a dark broth with thin, mi noodles, it brings a slight sweetness that perfectly complements the tender duck. The duck itself is generally served braised and placed directly in the soup, though some restaurants will also offer it roasted and crispy on the side.

top Mi Vit Thiem

Braised duck

We like: Thiêm Huy Mì Gia, District 5

It’s no coincidence that a great many duck soup spots can be found in District 5, Saigon’s Chinatown. Thiem Huy Mi Gia serves up one of our favorite duck soups—the broth is sweet and packed with noodles and a few stewed greens. The star of the show, though, is the duck. Thiem Huy Mi Gia is a good starting place for Mi Vit Tiem, as they serve both tender, braised duck as well as crispy duck. Bring a friend and try one of each if you’re not sure which to choose, as both are delicious.

Hours: 8AM – 1AM | Address: 455 Nguyễn Trãi, Phường 7, Quận 5

NOTE FROM STREATERY: This list of Vietnamese Broths is a work in progress, we will be adding to the list as there is a plethora of Broths that the average traveler has never heard of like “Bánh canh cá lóc” , “Hu Tieu” “Bun Oc” etc.

Founder and editor behind Joel has lived and eaten in Saigon for the last 4.5 years and is dedicated to improve the local eating and drinking experience to anyone who stumbles upon his site.

April 13, 2019

By Joel Zorrilla

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