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    Hủ Tiếu - A Typical Street Food in Saigon

    If you had to choose one noodle soup to have in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), this is the one. Hủ Tiếu (Vietnamese rice noodle with pork and shrimp in Saigon) - A Typical Street Food in Saigon.

    Origins of this soup can be traced back to Chinese-Cambodian who brought this soup to Ho Chi Minh City when it was a fishing village known as Prey Nokor. In fact, you are more likely to find a hu tieu vendor than a pho vendor in the city.

    Hủ Tiếu - A Typical Street Food in Saigon
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    The most popular type of hu tieu is hu tieu Nam Vang.

    While there are a dozen variations to hu tieu, the broth is pretty much the same in every version. This is thanks to a mixture of bones, dried squid, rock sugar along with pork and vegetables which is left to simmer for hours.

    There are two main variations of hu tieu you find in Ho Chi Minh City: Hu Tieu Nam Vang and Hu Tieu My Tho. Hu Tieu Nam Vang hails from Phnom Penh, Cambodia and is served with sliced pork, pork liver and if that isn’t enough porkiness for you, some congealed pork blood in the form of a cake. The broth for Hu Tieu My Tho tends to be a bit sweeter than normal hu tieu and the protein steers into the range of offal as well as the other proteins.

    Most places typically offer hu tieu noodles. The thin round noodles will be cooked in some water just before serving and will have a chewy texture to them. 

    The variety of toppings is staggering and can range from pork slices, pork ribs (suon) to wontons (hoanh thanh) and shrimp to quail eggs and Chinese style xa xiu. 

    The soup is usually finished with a leaf of lettuce, fried garlic or shallots, scallions and some chopped coriander. Garnish usually includes boiled bean sprouts, lime, and chopped chillis.

    Now, Want to try some noodle soup for yourself in Saigon? Join us on our Street Foodies Saigon tour!
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