The Best Chinese Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

The historic Cholon neighborhood has great food
The historic Cholon neighborhood has great food | © Christopher/WikiCommons
Sam Roth

Anchored by the historic Cholon neighborhood, Ho Chi Minh City has an abundant and growing number of Chinese restaurants. From ducks hanging in the front windows of decades-old family-run eateries hidden down charming Chinatown alleyways to the colorfully complex noodle dishes making their way from state-of-the-art kitchens in some of Saigon’s poshest buildings, these are your best bets for eating Chinese in Saigon.

1. Lee's Noodle Kitchen

Restaurant, Chinese, Fast Food, Vietnamese

Noodle dishes can be ordered with or without broth
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One of the newer faces in town, Lee’s serves up a variety of tasty noodle dishes in one of Saigon’s most western neighborhoods. The prawn and pork dumplings are delicious and the roast duck mouth watering, yet at Lee’s it’s really the noodles that steal the show. Each dish can be ordered dry and then tossed in a sesame oil or as a soup with steaming pork broth.

2. Tan Nguyen Thai

Restaurant, Chinese

Dim sum of all varieties | © chaliceks/Pixabay
© chaliceks/Pixabay

Tan Nguyen Thai is known locally by Western expats, Chinese, and Vietnamese alike to have some of the best dumplings in town. A towering menu sitting on top of red and yellow signage will let you know you’ve made it to this always-packed hole in the wall in Saigon’s historic Cholon neighborhood. This should be a stop on any food lover’s visit to Vietnam. The menu is as extensive as it is delicious, featuring nearly a dozen pages of steamed or pan fried dumplings. Come with friends so you can try as much as possible.

3. Ocean Palace

Restaurant, Chinese, Seafood, Fast Food, Asian

Roast duck is excellent at Ocean Palace
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Located just outside the madness of central Saigon, Ocean Palace is one of the best higher-end Chinese options in town. The menu is geared more toward seafood with options like prawn dumplings and shrimp pancakes. However, their meat and vegetarian options are great as well. The roast duck is crispy and expertly marinated.

5. Li Bai Chinese Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food

Towers of the Sheraton Hotel
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Located on the second floor of the Saigon Sheraton, Li Bai boasts some of the best and most expensive Chinese food in the region. The Beijing Duck is widely regarded as one of the, if not the, tastiest in the city, and the Dim sum list is never ending. With such a high-end location, it’s no surprise that the service is great and ambiance pleasant.

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