Vietnamese Street Food at its Best

In Food Markets, Vietnam on October 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Street FoodStreet food in Vietnam is like the escargots in France, couscous in Morocco and burgers in America. You gotta have it, regardless of comfort level. By that, I mean a degree of exotic food gulping and spicy soup chocking.

As a foodie, crazy for anything authentic, my first stop in a city is always the local’s haunt. The Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City (what used to be called Saigon) is the epicenter of all things Vietnamese.

From scorpion liquor to silky textiles, there’s something for everyone here. But most of all, it’s the food stalls in the market that make a visit to the market truly worthwhile. Sit yourself down in front of these simple fluorescent-lit hawker stalls that dish out a bowl of steamy pho, or a small platter of Vietnamese spring rolls.

Indoor food stalls in the Ben Thanh MarketBy night, the streets lining the Ben Thanh Market transforms into a bustling night market. Expect to dip your fingers into deep-fried frogs’ legs (the crispiest!) and spicy hotpot (try throwing in seafood and meat into a bowl of boiling soup). And all that, for half the price of usual restaurant fare. Street stalls by nightWhenever you’re in Ho Chi Minh City, don’t forget to race to the market for some of the best food in town. And if you’re worried your stomach might not tolerate the rough and tough of street food, fret not, the hygiene level is ace!


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