For more than 40 years, Aunt Ut porridge shop has become a familiar address of Saigon people. A bowl of hot, fragrant porridge here costs only 5,000 VND.
How many porridge shops in Saigon? It is difficult for anyone to count them all, because Saigon porridge is diverse, from simple as white porridge to strange as Tieu porridge… But if you need to find a cheap but delicious porridge address in this magnificent city, surely It is impossible not to mention Aunt Tu’s blood porridge shop in Nguyen Huu Hao, District 4.
Having existed for more than 40 years, wringing herself through 2 generations of owners, Aunt Tu’s porridge shop, now in charge of Ms. Hong, has become the address, habit and memory of many Saigonese and laborers alike. from four countries to Saigon to make a living.
Porridge here is very cheap, in the midst of increasingly expensive prices, a bowl of porridge for Aunt Ut still costs only 5 thousand VND. This is also the reason why the restaurant is always crowded when it opens. Quite a lot of customers at Aunt Ut’s restaurant are unskilled workers, but office workers are equally crowded, because the porridge here is not only cheap but also delicious.
A full porridge here includes blood, pork skin and some other spices such as fresh bean sprouts, onions, cilantro, pepper, and ground chili. The porridge is cooked well, the way of seasoning is clever, so it is very mouth-watering, when eaten, it has the sweetness of rice, dried shrimp, pork blood, and pork skin, both rich and fragrant of the richness of ginger and ground pepper. Holding a bowl of porridge like that in his hand, all the disadvantages of the roadside shop, only chairs, no table, are all forgiven.
Over 40 years of working with the blood porridge burden, Ms. Hong said that the ingredients and recipe for blood porridge at her shop have been passed down through 4 generations. Rice before cooking is golden wine. When the porridge has simmered, just add the blood, add some pre-boiled pork skin, add a little onion, a little pepper, and chili to complete a bowl of porridge served with full-fledged pancakes.
In the middle of expensive Saigon, there are still bowls of porridge of 5 thousand, perhaps because Ms. Hong’s bowl of porridge is quite small, just eaten, but partly because she wants to bring delicious and hot meals to many people. Many working people are from the hard days with a difficult life.
This is also the reason why the restaurant has no tables or signs, but here, Aunt Ut’s porridge shop always welcomes many people to enjoy the porridge that still retains its flavor over the years. It is known that the restaurant cooks up to 6kg of rice every day, but it only sells for about 3 hours. In addition to porridge with blood, pork skin, Aunt Ut’s shop also has more cakes to eat. Especially, banh cuon can be sold in half or in part, extremely popular.
Address: Nguyen Huu Hoa Street, Ward 6, District 4, City. Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 6:30am – 9:00am