Must-try Dishes in the China town of Ho Chi Minh City

When you walk into Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown, you’ll feel like you’re in a miniature Hong Kong, with people speaking Cantonese and shops selling Chinese cuisine. Prepare to enjoy these must-try dishes in Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown as you walk along the spiderweb streets and alleyways.

Handmade Noodles

If you like Hong Kong movies, you can try the “Kungfu egg noodle” – homemade fresh noodles made with the cook’s deft movements. This noodle is more flavorful, chewy, and tender than the pre-packaged kind. It is usually served with a braised duck leg or other toppings such as char siu, lobster, pork organs, and so on.

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

Dim Sum

In Chinese, “dim sum” means “breakfast.” As a result, people normally love it at the start of their day. Dim sum refers to any small bite-sized food eaten on a plate or in a bamboo steamer. They’re usually made with pork or shrimp, flour, and served with soy sauce. Dumplings and Chinese buns are the most popular styles, which can be found anywhere from luxury restaurants and buffet parties to street stalls.

Restaurant Baoz Dimsum Khang 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

Roasted Duck

Beijing Roasted Duck is well-known in the world, but you can enjoy a similar delectable dish right in Chinatown. Unfortunately, this dish is not common with Vietnamese diners. They simply go to these shops and take their preferred one, so you can think about taking it with you to your hotel.

Store Vinh Phong Phat 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


It would be a travesty to discuss must-try dishes in Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown without discussing the hotpot. A hotpot is an excellent option for a friend’s reunion or a family gathering. Hotpot encourages people to cook together by placing a boiling pot in the middle of the table. Typically, vegetables are boiled first, followed by meat or fish.

Restaurant Dan 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

Sweet Soup

You may be familiar with this as a common Vietnamese dessert, but several varieties originated in China. Nhan Nhuc (Dried Longan Sweet Soup) and Sam Bo Luong (Ching Bo Leung) are two common Chinese sweet soups found throughout the region. Some varieties, however, are only available in Chinatown, such as Hot Ga Tra (Herbal Egg), Dau Hu Hanh Nhan (Almond Jelly), and Quy Linh Cao (Guilinggao).

Restaurant Ha Ky Tuong 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