You may be surprised if you know that Nam Vang in the name of this dish is another term for Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Alright, this specialty was originated from Cambodia. However, what’s more interesting is that the original Hu Tieu Nam Vang (Phnom Penh Noodle) was made by the Chinese living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Then, this dish was “imported” to the South region of Vietnam and has become so popular.
The main ingredient is noodle made from rice flour. This kind of noodle is white and tougher than the other kinds.
Noodle made from rice flour
The toppings are also the highlight of Hu Tieu Nam Vang. The toppings of Hu Tieu Nam Vang include ground pork, shrimps, slices of lean pork, pork liver, pork intestine, pork tongue, pork bones, and boiled quail eggs. You can ask the sellers to add or cut down any kinds of topping in your bowls.
The decisive part that decides the deliciousness of this dish is the broth. It is usually simmered for hours with pork bones, dried squid and shrimp, ground pork, and white beet.
Hu Tieu Nam Vang is served with some types of vegetables such as chives, green onion, and bean sprouts. When the soup is still hot, you can add some raw vegetables like lettuces, parsley.
Vegetables served with Hu Tieu Nam Vang
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A bowl of noodle mixed with the toppings without the broth is served with another bowl of soup.
Hu Tieu Nam Vang Kho
The noodle and broth are quite similar to Hu Tieu Nam Vang, but the topping of this soup is replaced with beef balls.
Hu Tieu Bo Vien
Hu Tieu Bo Kho has totally different taste from Hu Tieu Nam Vang. The only common ground is the tough noodle. The beef is stewed until tender with carrots.
Hu Tieu Bo Kho
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You can find Hu Tieu Nam Vang eateries or street vendors all over Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), so if you’re hungry just drop by a random one which appears quite popular (guess this by looking at customer volume). Check out our guides on downtown district District 1, District 3, District 5, District 10 for more information on where to eat in each district.
Anyway, below are a few famous names in the downtown areas. (Note that their fame entails the high prices.)
Address: 488 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3
Hours: 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Price: VND 68,000 - VND 100,000
Hu Tieu Nam Vang Nhan Quan
Address: 25 Co Bac, Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1
Hours: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Price: VND 42,000
Hu Tieu Nam Vang Thanh Dat
Address: 62 Ton That Thiep, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1
Hours: 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Price: VND 37,000 - VND 62,000
If Pho is the most popular dish in Hanoi, Hu Tieu Nam Vang can be considered as one of the signature dishes of Saigon cuisine. This kind of soup might be easily found everywhere in Saigon, from luxury restaurants to simple street food vendors. Never forget to experience a delicious bowl of Hu Tieu Nam Vang when you travel to Saigon!
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