WHERE TO EAT A HEALTHY MEAL IN SAIGON?
Statistically, Vietnamese food holds the title of being some of the healthiest in the world; most of the food here is fresh and tasty. However, the recent western influence has seen a slow increase in fast food, you’re more than likely to find a McDonalds next to a Pho place than ever before and it can be difficult to know what is and isn’t healthy anymore.
If you’re after Sip’s Tips on where to eat healthy in Vietnam – keep scrolling!
Hawaii meets Vietnam at Poke Saigon. You can enjoy a tasty salad bowl with salmon, tuna, tofu or shrimp. The bowl is loaded with rice, salad and sauce making Poke Saigon a great substitute to the deep-fried food that has found its way into Vietnam. A little out of the way and hidden above a garage, but definitely worth the journey and a perfect Instagram shot for your feed! #sipinsaigon
At Kokois you can expect light and fresh dishes on the menu in this warehouse turned café/concept store/bistro. Found in the heart of district 2, Kokois is a serene and open space for customers to take a breather from busy Saigon life. Tuck into a tasty bowl of Gazpacho, cold soup made up of tomato, cucumber, pepper bell and spices; perfect for the hot Saigonese days and only 60k VND. Not a soup fan? Try the colourful shrimps & pomelo salad.
With Sip, there are 6 drink options to choose from and all of them are as fresh as each other.
Rico Taco serves authentic food, inspired by the bustling streets of Mexico. Go to Rico Taco and you’ll get fresh ingredients, friendly smiles and quirky décor. Their food is filling and delicious, try something from their ensaladas section for a healthy fix; the roasted olive and cherry tomato option is delicious (but so are the rest). Rico Taco offer vegetarian options throughout their menu, so you have no excuse not to go!
Inspired by the cuisine of the Mediterranean you can enjoy some good homemade healthy food at Au Parc in District 1.Enjoy Middle Eastern baked chicken, falafel balls, baba ghannouj, grilled seafood and you’ll be spoilt for choice with the salad menu; pick from 13 options – 5 of them are made with a twist!
Sip recommends Mama’s Beef, a dish filled with cumin and ginger beef, confit garlic, roasted tomatoes, snow peas, watercress & olive mint dressing. Go for a red berry smoothie if you don’t fancy a cocktail.
Inspired by the busy and bright Bangkok markets, this quirky venue is a great choice if you’re after a healthier option for dinner. A dish like Som Tum Pou Ma (translated to a spicy papaya salad with raw blue crab) is just one of the healthy options among Thai Street’s protein filled menu
Sip Tip: eat with chopsticks when you can, not only is it a fun skill to practise and learn but it’s also great for your tummy! (since you’re eating and chewing slower)