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The 10 Best Restaurants in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City

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Updated: 19 March 2018
District 5, more commonly referred to as Cholon, is Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown and lies just west of the city’s center. Dotted by colorful pagodas and sliced by chaotic boulevards, the area makes for a pleasant afternoon exploration. Great restaurants reflecting the districts diverse heritage can be found throughout. These are some of our favorites.

Tan Nguyen Thai

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Dim sum of all varieties
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This friendly joint 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. 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.
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Sun - Sat:
6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch

Atmosphere:

Casual

Tien Phat Dim Sum

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Delicious dumplings | © Eason Lai/WikiCommons
In operation for over 20 years now, Tien Phat is a Hong Kong joint dropped into the midst of Vietnam’s oldest Chinatown. The menu is similarly extensive to that of Tan Nguyen Thai, and the ambiance is cozy, casual and authentic. The steamed pork and crab dumplings are some of our favorites in the whole city.
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Sun - Sat:
6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Cosy

Baoz Dimsum

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Soup dumpling
Soup dumpling | © Andrew Mager / Flickr
Another entry in Chinatown’s long list of great dumpling establishments, Baoz is a nice family-friendly joint in District 5. The restaurant is one of the most recent additions to the culinary scene and lacks a bit of the worn-down charm that others have, yet makes up for it with great food. Additionally, for any germophobes nervous to eat in less than ideal environments, this is one clean stop on the Chinatown food trail.
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Sun - Sat:
6:30 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Family Friendly