Overshadowed by its more famous soup cousin phở, hủ tiếu was introduced to Vietnam via China. This Vietnamese food is a type of soup named after the rice noodles it uses, and consists of pork-stock, fresh herbs and onions. The broth has a sweet, light flavour. Hủ tiếu xương is the classic version, made with pork ribs, though soup vendors around Saigon are likely to have their own special adaptations. Toppings such as sliced pork shoulder, pork chops, wontons, meatballs, and seafood are available. For a textural contrast, mix phở or mì in with your hủ tiếu noodle.
The first version of hủ tiếu in Vietnam was hủ tiếu Tiều (Tiều: people of Teochew, China). One of the successful Vietnamese attempts to adapt hủ tiếu to a more local taste is hủ tiếu Mỹ Tho, of which the noodle is crispier and the accompanied vegetables richer than that created by the Chinese. Another favourite version is hủ tiếu Nam Vang, created by the Chinese in Cambodia and hence influenced by the taste of the latter. The best hủ tiếu noodle is made, amongst other places, in Mỹ Tho, from good quality perfume rice.
Furthermore, every Saigonese knows hủ tiếu gõ – hủ tiếu sold on-the-go, vendors can usually be found at night on the road or in alleys around HCMC. The average price of a hủ tiếu bowl is VND30,000-70,000.
Hủ Tiếu Mì Thập Cẩm - Mì Cật
62 Truong Dinh, D1; +84 28 3827 2108
Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang Quỳnh
A65 Nguyen Trai, D1; +84 28 3836 9145
Tùng Hưng - Hủ Tiếu Mì Sườn
Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang Trường Ký
159B Nguyen Thi Dinh, An Phu, D2; +84 9 0257 5515
Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang Liến Húa
151 Nguyen Duy Trinh, D2; +84 9 0828 4168
Hủ Tiếu Nam Vang A+
494 Nguyen Thi Thap, D7; +84 9 1900 1990
Hủ Tiếu Mỹ Hưng
5 Ha Huy Tap, D7; +84 9 0398 9977
391 Vo Van Tan, D3; +84 28 3839 0187
60 Thanh Thai, D10; +84 28 3865 4193