Best 10 Chinese Restaurants In Saigon

Best 10 Chinese Restaurants In Saigon
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The Chinese community was present in Saigon a long time ago and has had a significant influence on the culture of this land, especially in terms of food. You should not miss this exciting culinary experience if you have been to Saigon.

Here is a list of the 10 best restaurants in Saigon that serve Chinese food that you should try.

1. Dim Tu Tac Restaurant

Dim Tu Tac is the most well-known Chinese restaurant in Saigon. Photo by Dim Tu Tac Restaurant

“Dim tu tac” means “anything you want, anything is possible.” It is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Saigon, especially in dim sum. Dim sum is a traditional Cantonese meal, which comprises many small dishes to share with your family or friends at the same table. Everyone loves having dim sum for breakfast or brunch.

The atmosphere at Dim Tu Tac is exquisite, suitable for both family meals and parties. There is also a Private room as an option. The dim sum here is made from fresh ingredients, has a thin wrapper, and is seasoned to suit Vietnamese and Chinese tastes. Besides dim sum, you should also try its seafood dishes. They are in Chinese style, and they may blow your mind.

  • Address: 29B Tran Hung Dao Street, Ward 6, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Open hours: 08:00 AM – 02:00 PM & 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Estimated prices: 100,000 – 900,000 VND ($4.36 – 39.2)

2. San Fu Lou Restaurant

Appreciate the fusion of old and new Chinese cuisine in San Fu Lou. Photo by San Fu Lou Restaurant

San Fu Lou is one of the highly-rated Chinese restaurants in Saigon. “San Fu Lou” means The house of three blessings, including Delicious, Nutritious, and Hygiene.

The restaurant has a modern style of decoration but serves traditional Chinese dishes. San Fu Lou’s two best-selling dishes are Chinese Steamed Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce and Egg Noodles. The noodles here are handmade, with a distinct flavor compared to other places. It is often served with roasted duck or char siu.

San Fu Lou also serves a dim sum buffet menu if you want to try it all for a more reasonable price.

  • Address: AB Tower, 76A Le Lai Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Open hours: 07:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Estimated prices: 90,000 – 500,000 VND ($3.92 – 21.8)

3. Bao Bei Dimsum

Enjoy dim sum in a Hongkong vibe at Bao Bei. Photo by Bao Bei Dimsum

Bao Bei is how the Chinese call someone they love, treasure, and are pretty similar to “baby.” And Bao Bei Dimsum is one of the best restaurants in Saigon when it comes to dim sum.

The interior decoration style at Bao Bei Restaurant is aesthetic and unique. It’s reminiscent of retro 80’s Hongkong nightlife, with solid colors, neon lights, and Chinese red lanterns everywhere.

Cuisine in Bao Bei is also more modern in taste and presentation. This restaurant attracts many young customers, and it is usually packed at lunchtime, so you should reserve a table in advance.

The must-try dish at Bao Bei is the dumplings, especially the Shanghai soup dumplings.

  • Address: 2nd Floor, Viettel Complex Building, 285 Cach Mang Thang 8 Street, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Open hours: Mon to Fri: 11:00 AM – 02:00 PM & 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Sat & Sun: 08:00 AM – 02:00 PM & 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM

  • Estimated prices: 90,000 – 500,000 VND ($3.92 – 21.8)

4. Hao Yu Grilled Fish

Test your spicy tolerance with grilled fish in Hao Yu. Photo by Hao Yu Grilled Fish

Hao Yu means Grilled Fish in Chinese and is also the main dish at this restaurant.

If the above restaurants are Cantonese-style, the food at Hao Yu Restaurant follows the Sichuan cuisine. Sichuan people love spicy, savory food, and they use a lot of spices in one dish.

The fish at Hao Yu are large fish such as giant gourami, hemibagus, and pomfret, boned by the chef and grilled on a pan with more than 30 kinds of ingredients and spices. This dish is best to have on a rainy day in Saigon.

  • Address: 17 Ho Xuan Huong Street, Ward 6, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Open hours: 11:30 AM – 02:30 PM & 06:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Estimated prices: 380,000 – 600,000 VND ($16.57 – 26.16)

5. Yu Chu Restaurant

Dim sum at Yu Chu is freshly made for every order. Photo by Yu Chu Restaurant

Yu Chu was the title of the royal chef who served food to the emperor.

At Yu Chu Restaurant, you will have meals in a luxurious space. Especially, dim sum at Yu Chu is made fresh with each order. You may have to wait a little bit, but you will enjoy very fresh and delicious dishes in return.

Besides dim sum, Peking duck is also a highly appreciated dish in Yu Chu. According to your request, the Peking duck will be cut and served at the table. The chef will make each part of the duck into 2 to 3 main dishes.

  • Address: 1st Floor, InterContinental Saigon Corner Hai Ba Trung & Le Duan Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Open hours: 08:00 AM – 02:00 PM & 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Estimated prices: Peking duck: 928,000+++ VND ($40.47)

Other dishes: 150,000+++ VND ($6.54)

6. Ngan Dinh Restaurant

Luxury in every corner at Ngan Dinh. Photo by Ngan Dinh Restaurant

Ngan Dinh Restaurant is one of the most famous authentic Chinese restaurants in the Chinatown area of Saigon.

7. Gia Phu Phuc Kien Restaurant

What kind of food can make “Buddha jumps over the wall”? Photo by Gia Phu Phuc Kien Restaurant

In Saigon’s Chinatown, there is a Hokkien community. Fujian cuisine favors seafood, expensive, nutritious ingredients, and a way of cooking that respects the natural flavor of the ingredients.

Gia Phu Phuc Kien restaurant is located in a small, quiet alley with typical Chinese architecture. The featured dishes here are fried crab, shark fin soup, and most especially, Buddha Jumps Over The Wall. This dish has the most expensive ingredients, such as shark fin, abalone, scallop, sea cucumber, steamed for three days with ginseng. In myth, this dish can make a monk jumps over a wall to try.

  • Address: 513 Gia Phu Street, Ward 3, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Open hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Estimated prices: 300,000 +++ VND ($13.08)

8. Truyen Ky Eatery

Eat like a local at Truyen Ky. Photo by Instagram Sirirat.k

Another Chinese community in Saigon is the Teochew. Teochew cuisine is typically less greasy and spicy than other Chinese cuisine branches, as it focuses more on stewing and braising methods. Besides white rice, Teochew people also often eat porridge in the meal.

Truyen Ky Eatery was initially a traditional Teochew family restaurant. There is no luxurious space, almost no decoration, but the place is very hygienic and cozy. And the quality of the food is what makes Truyen Ky one of the best restaurants in Saigon for more than 70 years.

At Truyen Ky, the dishes will be served with rice as an ordinary family meal. The best-selling dishes are Steamed Chicken, Crispy Fried Pork Intestine, and Steamed Crispy Pork with Taro.

  • Address: 39 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ward 7, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Open hours: 11:00 AM – 02:00 PM & 04:00 PM – 08:00 PM
  • Estimated prices: 100,000 – 280,000 VND ($4.36 – 12.21)

9. Van Hoa Restaurant

Having a signature Chinese family meal at Van Hoa. Photo by Van Hoa Restaurant

Van Hoa Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Chinatown. It is a favorite place for family dinner and ceremonies here. This restaurant has a vast serving space, has an elevator, and has many private rooms.

The dishes here are traditional Chinese dishes, especially Cantonese dishes. You should try the fried noodles, roasted goose, or roasted pigeon. When dining or having parties at Van Hoa restaurant, they will serve you free dessert.

  • Address: 68-76 Tan Da Street, Ward 11, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Open hours: 07:00 AM – 02:00 PM & 05:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Estimated prices: 300,000 – 900,000 VND ($13.08 – 39.2)

10. Ai Hue 2 Restaurant

The reputation of Ai Hue is undeniable. Photo by Hoang Vy Lam via Google Maps

Ai Hue 2 Restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Saigon to experience Chinese cuisine. When the Chinese-Vietnamese people in Saigon want to hold a party, Ai Hue 2 is a to-go.

The restaurant is decorated in the style of a traditional Hong Kong restaurant, with large banquet tables and splendid chandeliers in the middle of the lobby. Ai Hue 2 has many dining floors with open space and a private room for parties.

Two signature dishes of Ai Hue 2 are prawn mixed in Mayonaise pineapple sauce and roasted pigeon. The desserts here are also delicious. You should try the mango pudding and the hasma sweet soup.

  • Address: 338 Tran Hung Dao Street, Ward 11, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Open hours: 07:00 AM – 01:30 PM & 05:00 PM – 09:30 PM
  • Estimated prices: 300,000 – 900,000 VND ($13.08 – 39.2)

After a long history, Chinese cuisine has become an irreplaceable part of the culinary map of Saigon. Since Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines are pretty close, you will also like Chinese food if you already love Vietnamese food.

We hope this list of best restaurants in Saigon in Chinese cuisine provides you with more experiences while staying in Saigon!

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