Baking Utensils and Supplies
The smell of freshly-baked bread… at home!
Last Updated: June 10.2014
- Baking at home is still a relatively new concept in HCMC, but it’s fairly easy to find everything you need
- Compact ovens that fit on the countertop sell from VND1m-4m
- It’s easy to get a set of baking tools and utensils from the shops on Ham Nghi street in district 1
- Essential ingredients can be found at most supermarkets, with Metro stocking bulk baking ingredients like cream cheese, butter, and so on
- Other places for ingredients include the shops on Ham Nghi, An Nam Gourmet shops, and the stalls by the southern gate of Ben Thanh market
Sweetened white bread, taro-filled pastries, and croissants that have never seen a smidgen of butter… For many an expat, walking through the door of a local bakery for the first time is akin to entering a parallel universe where the art of baking has gone terribly wrong. While there are some quality Western bakeries in the city, why not take matters into your own hands? Here’s your guide to finding everything you need to make your favourite baked treats at home.
Ovens Big and Small
Vietnam doesn’t have a long tradition of baking, and ovens (lò nướng) are still something of a rarity in local households. Fortunately, they are readily available at electronics and home appliance stores throughout the city. The cheapest compact oven can be bought for as little as VND1m, but expect to pay up to VND4m for a larger, quality oven. Popular brands include Electrolux, Philips, Sanyo, Sanaky, and Sharp. A stovetop oven is perfectly suitable for casual baking, but full-sized ones are also available at around VND16. You can browse through the offerings of the following stores online:
- 63-65-67, Tran Hung Dao, Cau Ong Lanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 382112111/1, Truong Chinh, Tay Thanh, Tan Phu, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 625485485-7-9-11, Nguyen Huu Than, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 625465463, Nguyen Oanh, Ward 10, Go Vap, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 6255488879B, Ly Thuong Kiet, Ward 8, Tan Binh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 38669999
- 126, Hung Vuong, Ward 12, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam101, Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam280-A18, Luong Dinh Cua, An Phu, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam590, Cach Mang Thang Tam, Ward 11, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam196, Hoang Dieu, Ward 8, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- MediaMart - District 1 | 24, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 38257463
- Mega Home | 117, Cong Hoa, Ward 12, Tan Binh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 38113909
- Pico Plaza | Ward 12, Tan Binh, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 62915299
Tools & Utensils
Next up on the shopping list are baking tools and utensils. A limited assortment can usually be found at large supermarkets like Maximark, Big C, Metro, and Giant, but Ham Nghi street is the undisputed champion when it comes to finding a complete set of baking utensils in one place. There are three stores located next to each other, making it easy to stop by all of them to get everything you need. Their names are: Thai Hoa Grocery (60, Ham Nghi, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Phuong Ha Shop (58, Ham Nghi, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and Lan Trinh (52, Ham Nghi, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Among the hundreds of utensils, you’ll find measuring spoons and cups, rolling pins, mixing bowls, whisks, spatulas, moulds, baking rings and pans, pastry bags, and so on. These three stores also carry a healthy selection of baking ingredients, from heavy cream to castor sugar and cake mixes.
For more specialised items, you’ll need to visit one of the city’s dedicated baking stores. http://www.dungculambanh.com.vn/san-pham/128/xeng-muong-cay-gap-banh (61-61A, Tran Quang Dieu, Ward 13, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 62903746) is the go-to place for Saigonese baking enthusiasts, as they carry a wide range of imported utensils and ingredients; prices are slightly higher than in other stores. For those looking for standing mixers, hand mixers, and electric whisks, (106, Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) is one of the few places in town that stocks them. You can also check out Hachi Hachi for odds and ends such as baking moulds, brushes, and sieves; they currently have three locations in the city:
- 173, Nguyen Van Troi, Ward 11, Phu Nhuan, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 39970490
- 234, Ba Thang Hai, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 38684656
- 1030, Nguyen Van Linh, Tan Phong, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 54101824
- 224A Pasteur, Dist. 3 | 3820 6047
Stocking the Pantry
With a brand new oven on the counter and a drawer full of baking utensils, it’s now time to stock up on some ingredients. Baking essentials can be easily found at local supermarkets like Lotte Mart, Big C, Maximark, and Giant, so look no further for flour, white sugar, baking powder, whipping cream, coconut honey, fresh and dried fruits, nuts, and jams. Also, for those getting some serious baking done, Metro supermarket offers high quality imported cheese, cream, butter, and nuts sold in bulk.
For more specialised items, another trip to Ham Nghi (see above) should yield most of the ingredients you’ll ever need. Another good place to have a look is An Nam Gourmet, which tends to stock higher-quality items at commensurately higher prices; there are three locations in HCMC:
- 16-18, Hai Ba Trung, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 38229391
- 41A, Thao Dien, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 37442630
- Nguyen Duc Canh, Tan Phong, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | 84 8 54123264
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Those who haven’t found what they’re looking for in any of the shops mentioned above have one last option – Ben Thanh Market. In spite of its reputation as a tourist market, the kiosks located by the southern gate specialise in baking utensils and ingredients. If you’re especially accomplished in the art of haggling, you might even get a better deal here than in other baking stores. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the wet market is hardly the place to get perishable ingredients, so stick to shopping for dry goods. Thinh and Chau Muoi kiosk is known for its high-quality ingredients. They carry all kinds of flour, nuts (almond, chestnuts, etc.), baking chocolate, fresh vanilla pods, and so on. The nearby Anh Hai kiosk sells nuts, rare spices such as cardamom, and ingredients to make pizza. Apart from that, Kim Tram kiosk might be the most wallet-friendly place to shop. They sell tools for both Western and Asian baking, from muffin moulds to bamboo steamers.