If you’re a foreigner or an expat who just moved to Saigon, you’re probably wondering what locally made snacks look like in HCMC. Well, they’re not fries and definitely not potato crisps. Vietnamese snacks can range from coffee to crepes and are usually made with fresh ingredients. While coffee might be a morning drink to the rest of the world, but Vietnamese people, especially in Hanoi have egg coffee for snacks. Other examples are crepes, Bánh Tiêu (donuts), Bánh tráng trộn (Mixed rice paper), Tào phớ (Tofu with coconut milk), and Banh Mi (french bread with various fillings).

Where can I buy locally-made snacks?

You can get snacks at street stalls or even local restaurants. There are also packaged snacks available at convenience stores. If you’re getting packaged snacks like chocolates or coffee, make sure to check expiration dates on the package. The vast majority of the time this is not a cause for concern. Again, use your judgement: if something looks or smells suspect, don’t buy it.

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