Top 5 Must-Try Chè - Sweet Soups in Saigon

Sai Gon has long been familiar with sweet soup stalls and restaurants. Among them, Che Chanh on Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, which the owners ...

Sai Gon has long been familiar with sweet soup stalls and restaurants. Among them, Che Chanh on Nguyen Tri Phuong Street, which the owners sing when making sweet soups for customers and Che Mien that offers various kinds of « unique » sweet soup are worth mentioning. In other words, they are « must-try » sweet soup stalls in Sai Gon.

However, the point is that customers have to queue in line till their turn because they are too crowded.

Che Ba Mau

Being favorably seen as the most « weird » sweet soup stall in Saigon, Che Ba Mau offers some main ingredients, namely minced green bean, black bean, and coconut milk. The gourmets said that the sweet soup of this stall is freshly sweeter and softer than others. Opening at 1 p.m, the stall is crowded with customers at all time. Therefore, most of them bring it home, or even, lean on the motorbike to taste it.

Despite that fact, the owner always makes the sweet soup slowly, even he sometimes sings at the same time. He seems to « intentionally » let his customers wait for long. Moreover, when customers stand over the sidewalks of nearby stalls, he directly get mad with them. Perhaps, his regular customers get used to his own « cool » manners, they ignore it. A cup of sweet soup at this stall is priced at 5$.

Che Ma

The sidewalks sweet soup stall on Ly Chinh Thang Street, District 3 is often named « Che Ma » (Ghost sweet soup restaurant) because of it working hours from the early evening to midnight, or even to 1 a.m or 2 p.m of the next day. It doesn’t have menu. Instead, it offers 20 different cakes and pots of sweet soup, so customers point their figure to the dishes that they would like to taste. And, of course, the prices are different depending on what they order.

Interestingly, the owner slowly and carefully makes her stuff, so she sometimes forgets her customers who are waiting for their tasteful cup of sweet soup. This might be the reason why regular customers named it « queuing’ sweet soup. Especially at the middle of the month, customers « flock » to this stall to get take - away portions. The price for a cup is 7$, slightly higher than others. However, it’s worth mentioning that its central location in District 3 and the quality of sweet soup make it totally acceptable. Drawing up to hundreds of customers per evening, it sell up everything after a few hours.

Che Mam (Sweet soup in tray)

Situated in Su Van Hanh Street, the 16-course sweet soup stall has been opening for 40 years and attracting hundreds of customers every evening. Originally, each tray of sweet soup offered 6 courses, then turned into 8 courses, 13 courses, and 16 courses respectively. A tray of sweet soup has familiar Southern dishes such as Ba Ba sweet soup, banana sweet soup, corn sweet soup, floating rice cake sweet soup,.. accompanied by flan cake, a dish of sticky rice. There is no need to order a full tray because you might not eat up all of these dishes. Instead, you can order 2 to 4 types. The price of a tray is 3$.

Ky Dong Sweet Soup

Opening for 40 years, the name of Ky Dong Sweet Soup has been familiar to generations of High school students in District 3. During hot days, customers « flock » to this stall to enjoy a fresh and tasteful cup of sweet soup as an effective and direct way to get « cool ». Because the stall is quite small, customers have to queue for their turn. Noticeably, the nice and friendly attitude of the owners and staff impresses customers.

A few years ago, the shop only offered Thai Sweet soup, mixed sweet soup, etc.  Now it sells a variety of snacks such as dried beef, crab soup, boiled thick rice cake with, etc. They are priced from 5$ that much cheaper than other shops in the same district.

Mien (Cambodian) Sweet Soup

Situated in Cambodian market, Le Hong Phong Street, District 10,  Mien Sweet Soup Stall (Sweet soup in Cambodian recipes) has been opened for 40 years. The owner of the stall, who used to live in Cambodia, came back to Vietnam with family in 1970, is a Vietnamese. Thus, it’s not difficult to guess the recipes of processing this tasteful sweet soup, of course, in Cambodian recipes.

Featuring 30 different dishes which are neatly presented, customers who come here for the first time might be confused at ordering. The owner of the stall enthusiastically recommends « easy- to- eat » dishes such as green beans sweet soup, banana sweet soup, etc. Moreover, Customers might not get used to eating dishes that are totally followed Cambodian recipes because of the « strange » processing. Each cup of sweet soup is averagely priced at 1$.



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