Oh man! Hailing from New York City, aka the global capital of fast food, I really thought I had a handle on “street food.”
I stand corrected.
Honey when I landed in Vietnam and dusted off the embers of a 23 hour flight and 12 hour jet lag, I was awestruck by the sheer diversity and richness of Vietnamese street food!
And it’s not just the variety of meats, fish, vegetables and fruits but it’s the way that it is both consumed and sold on the frantic streets of major cities like Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi.
My iPhone5 captured native fruit toppled onto thin but sturdy bikes, watched locals slurp down the national noodle dish Pho, witnessed fish woman squatting low on stools harking their fresh catch of the day and I believe I even passed by a few cooked dogs or two.
Yes dogs. As in your buddy Rover. Eek!
Moving right along.
If you ever make your way to Vietnam, you’ll find a treasure trove of authentic and tasty delights tucked into often-dingy looking alleys or simply right onto the street where a local sets up shop with surprisingly functional mobile kitchens or simply displayed on fresh newspaper and plastic bags.
The Vietnamese are nothing if not DIY friendly.
I must admit, that at first sight, I was a bit taken aback and had to often be lead by the arm to try a variety of dishes — especially the fish dishes – as they were often fresh and sometimes still moving.
In fact the fried frog that I ate just off the famed Bui Vien street in Saigon had just had his head removed before being fried and served up to me – fresh and direct — whoa!
My favorite street food out of Vietnam included:
- Pho Bo (aka Beef Noodles)
- Durian (a unique flavored fruit, that is stinky and delicious and local to Southeast Asia)
- Dried Squid (A salted dried fish hung from moving carts. So dang on delicious!)
Check out the photos below and let me know which food item would make it onto your plate!
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