Monday , March 27 2023

Get yourself full for just $8 at this Saigon market

There is a market in District 4 of Ho Chi Minh City called “Market 200” where you can eat all kinds of popular and delicious street food for just $8.

Chợ 200 là điểm đến ăn vặt nổi tiếng của người Sài Gòn.

Market 200 is a well-known location for street cuisine among people who live in HCMC. The market is in District 4 on Alley 200 of Xom Chieu Street. There are more than 50 vendors selling all kinds of food over 300 meters of the alley.

Từ 13h30, nhiều hàng ốc, bánh canh, cơm gà xối mỡ, phá lấu, bún, cháo, khoai chiên, chè... dọn hàng, bán đến khoàng 23h giờ mỗi ngày. Món ăn tại đây được thực khách đánh giá vừa túi tiền.

Many vendors start operating around 1:30 p.m. and stay open until around 11 p.m. They sell snails, noodle soup, fried chicken and fried rice, offal stew, vermicelli, porridge, sweet dessert soup, and spring rolls. The reasonable prices of the meals draw a lot of repeat customers. Market 200 is named as such because it is situated on Alley 200, according to Minh Tri, a resident of District 4.
Guests also joke that in this market, you can eat till you’re satisfied for only VND200,000 ($8.53). “People say the food here is affordable, cheap and delicious,” he said. “Despite the fact that many dishes have seen price increases, if you know what to order, you can still enjoy a range of foods at an average price of VND20,000-30,000 ($0.85-1.28) per dish.”

Phá lấu cô Oanh là điểm đến thực khách nên ghé khi đến chợ 200. Món phá lấu nổi tiếng hơn 20 năm với hương vị riêng biệt, nước phá lấu nấu bằng nước dừa thanh ngọt cho ra món ăn đậm đà, thơm và không hôi mùi lòng bò. Phá lấu chiên và phá lấu hầm, Phần ăn đầy đủ có Cô Nguyễn Thị Oanh, 60 tuổi

Oanh’s stall has been selling pha lau (offal stew) for more than 20 years. The offal is cooked with coconut water, creating a rich and aromatic dish without the stink of beef intestines. Aside from the regular stew, there is also a fried version. “A bowl with all kinds of toppings served with bread is VND33,000,” said Nguyen Thi Oanh, the 60-year-old owner. “Guests can also choose to eat this with instant noodles.”

Ngoài phá lấu, súp cua cô Hằng cũng là địa chỉ hút khách ở chợ 200. Quán mở bán bán từ đầu giờ chiều đến hơn 21h mỗi ngày. Súp cua với topping đa dạng như thanh cua, trắng bắc thảo, óc heo, trứng gà, tôm... trong đó óc heo và trứng bắc thảo được thực khách ưa chuộng. Mỗi ngày quán bán 300 tô súp cua. Phần thập cẩm giá 25.000 đồng.

Another popular spot in Market 200 is Hang’s crab soup, which is well-known for its delicious broth made from stewed bones. This stall is open every day from early afternoon until after 9 p.m. There are many different toppings including crab sticks, century eggs, pork brains, eggs, and shrimp. Some of the favorite toppings are century eggs and pork brains. The vendor sells 300 cups of crab soup each day. A bowl with full toppings costs VND25,000.

Hàng bánh chiên cô Út bán các loại bánh chiên như khoai lang, chuối chiên, bánh cay làm từ khoai mì. Món ăn nóng hổi vì quán vừa chiên vừa quán, 3 chảo dầu sôi lúc nào cũng đỏ lửa từ đầu chiều đến 18h hàng ngày. Giá mỗi phần ăn từ 10.000 đồng.

Ut sells different kinds of deep fried treats, such as sweet potato, banana, and spicy cake made from tapioca. With three hot pans being used at the same time, the food is always hot. The stall is open from early afternoon to 6 p.m. every day. The price of each treat starts from VND10,000.

Quán còn bán chuối ngào đường thốt nốt với hương thơm dịu, vị ngọt thanh, miếng chuối dẻo mềm.

In addition to fried snacks, Ut also sells braised bananas. If you want a sweet treat but don’t particularly like deep-fried food, the soft bits of banana are a perfect alternative. They have a light aroma and a sweet taste.

Bánh tráng trộn là món ăn không thể thiếu trong bản đồ ăn vặt Sài Gòn. Tại chợ 200 có khoảng 5 hàng bánh tráng trộn, giá mỗi phần đầy đủ là 25.000 đồng.

“Banh trang tron”, or mixed rice paper salad, is one of the favorite street foods in Ho Chi Minh City. At Market 200, there are about five stalls selling this snack with similar flavors. The price for a full portion that include dried seafood, jerky, boiled quailed eggs, mango strips and different kinds of sauces is VND25,000.


If you have a sweet tooth, you should try Ha Tram’s che, which offers about 20 different types: tapioca, lotus seed, lotus root, coconut, and beans. Che bi, which is tapioca pearls with copra in the fillings, and is served with sweet sugar water and ice, is the most popular dish. A cup of che costs VND15,000 on average.

Nhiều người cũng góp ý về không gian ăn uống tại chợ. Đa phần hàng quán có không gian nhỏ, không đủ chỗ nếu đông khách. Khách đi xe máy nên gửi xe tại bãi xe cuối chợ, tránh đậu xe đông trước hàng quán gây tắc đường.

Despite having diverse and affordable dishes, many people have commented that the dining space at Market 200 needs to be improved. When packed, most vendors’ limited spaces cannot accommodate enough diners. Also, visitors shouldn’t come by car as the road leading to the market is small. To prevent traffic jams, motorcycle riders should leave their vehicles in the parking area at the far end of the market.

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