Best homemade foods in Sai Gon (P1)


Best homemade foods in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Best homemade foods in Sai Gon show you yummy dishes just like mom’s after a long working day. After a long day working hard and dealing with numerous stressful issues, most people just want to come home and rest. In that case, probably a meal with full of homemade foods will be the warmest present one can get. It makes people feel warm from inside and all their hard work pays off. Sometimes, such meals could mean much more than a hug. Especially for Vietnamese who grows up attached to the family, they can never forget the heartwarming and wonderful taste of homemade foods by their mothers. Nothing is better than mom’s foods.

Nonetheless, if you are staying in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and you just happen to live alone, or maybe you are too tired to get into the kitchen, then do not worry. Plenty of restaurants with the ordinary-yet-delicious taste of homemade cooks are opened around the town, and you will definitely find the familiar dishes made by mom here. Let’s take a look.

1. Cục Gạch Quán

As one of the first restaurants with homemade foods in Sai Gon, Cục Gạch Quán appears before your eyes with a classic environment, yet leaves a warm and peaceful expression. You can find that impression in every piece, every single furniture in this restaurant.

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Cuc Gach Quan (by @yang_yang0313)

This is also the place where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie once visited when they came to Vietnam, and their meal was not something extraordinary. It was just some very simple dishes that one can easily find in a normal Vietnamese meal. Meat stew and boiled water spinach are some examples of Best homemade foods here.

best homemade foods
Cuc Gach Quan

A characteristic point about this restaurant is that all the dishes here are made from 100% Vietnam-originated ingredients, which appeals to both the local people and the foreigners even more. All the foods are decorated exquisitely using kitchen utensils with classical patterns. Many rate the food here as great and authentic, and the services are of first class too; however, the downside is that the price is quite costly.

Address: 9 – 10 Đặng Tất street, District 1, HCMC

Open: From 9 AM to 11:30 PM

Price range: From VND 200,000 to VND 350,000

Website: Cục Gạch Quán


2. Hẻm Quán

One of the signature aspects of Ho Chi Minh City is those immensely long and narrow alleys that could even create mazes. Therefore, in order to reach Hẻm Quán restaurant, which has a name with the meaning of “Alley restaurant”, you need to go through a long alley. It has 5 main houses that are connected together, and even though it is nowhere near the city centre, you will not regret coming here for the good food and comforting design of the space.

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Hem Quan

The best homemade foods here are not something you have never tried before, but they all have distinctive tastes that not any other places offer either. Beside the familiar rice, vermicelli, noodles, and so on, the customers will be served tofu, sour soup or fried eggs together.

best homemade foods
Hem Quan

Address: 227 – 229 – 231 – 233 Trần Văn Kiểu street, District 6, HCMC

Open: From 8 AM to 9 PM

Price range: From VND 30,000 to VND 150,000

Website: Hẻm Quán


3. Quán Bụi

Quán Bụi, which literally means Dust Restaurant, could be imagined as a small restaurant for the blue-collar workers if one has never coem here. To the surprise of several guests, Bụi is a restaurant with bistro style that is decorated by lots of Vietnamese old stuff, from the photos hanging on the wall or wooden tables and couches, to the accustomed ornaments in your childhood. The restaurant will create an idyllic atmosphere that provides foods tasted just like mom’s.

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Quan Bui

The best homemade foods here have gone through an attentive process to even a small detail, and we can name some of them like fried crab with tamarind, fish simmered with bamboo shoot or fried meat with chili pepper and citronella and many different dishes.

best homemade foods
Quan Bui

Bụi restaurant is known for its delicate arrangement and caring services. Customers coming here will feel like they are sitting in a private villa of those prosperous family back in the previous centuries, but still are able to taste the traditional foods of Vietnam.


– 17A Ngô Văn Năm street, District 1

– 28 Ngô Văn Năm street, District 1

– 55A – 55B Ngô Quang Huy street, District 2

– 1st Floor, 39 Lý Tự Trọng street, District 1

Open: From 9 AM to 11 PM

Price range: From VND 150,000 to VND 600,000

Website: Quán Bụi


Here are 3 of the best restaurants that serve best homemade foods you can find in Ho Chi Minh City. Don’t forget to come here and try out why they are loved by so many locals and tourists. We will come back with part 2 of the list soon.


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