Ho Chi Minh City

Banh Canh Cua 14

Expats know this small restaurant as “crab noodles,” as it serves just that--delicious seafood soups.

Streetside Seafood

Visitors to Ho Chi Minh City may be unnerved by the idea of buying seafood on the street. However, expats and locals agree that the seafood served at Banh Canh Cua 14–affectionately known as “Crab Noodles”–is some of the best. Pass through the yellow-and-white tile entrance, grab a seat at one of the small metal tables, and prepare to be well-fed.

Banh Canh Cua

“Crab Noodles” is a decent translation of the name “Banh Canh Cua,” which is simply a Vietnamese crab soup made with thick noodles. At Banh Canh Cua 14, they offer several different seafood options for the soup, including crab, crab cakes, and shrimp. You can even mix them together for the same price.

The restaurant insists that foreign visitors pay the same price as locals–a mere 40,000 dong per bowl. And Crab Noodles is near several other street food gems in district 5. Both Banh Mi Ha Noi and Pho Le are within walking distance.