HECTIC, NOISY & DELICIOUS - IT'S ALL YOU NEED FOR VIETNAMESE STREET FOOD


Tags: #streetfood    #localthings    #amazingplace   

July 05, 2017



Reasonable price with high quality are common things when it comes to Vietnamese traditional street food. But as I observed, the local atmosphere full of white aromatic smoke clouds.

                   

Reasonable price with high quality are common things when it comes to Vietnamese traditional street food. But as I observed, the local atmosphere full of white aromatic smoke clouds and continuous urging call creates unique impressions, flavoring both your visual and taste.

Street food stalls can be hidden in any types of "architecture": marketplace, small alleys, old apartments to even religious icons like church and pagoda.


                                     


Lying in the city center, Ben Thanh Market is one of the most famous crowded places in Ho Chi Minh. From Gate 7, an old lady sitting in an exiguous stall is rushing her hands to deliver attractive plates of "Banh beo Hue" (water fern cake). What I stand reflects the price they would charge, usually more than 30,000 VND (~2 USD) for one dish. And how this small but powerful food stall here can still keep and attract more queue lies in the secret of lovely, smooth and delicious of flavors of the food with the unbelievable price of 18,000 VND (lower than 1 USD).


                                                     


Things get more sensational with immediate enjoyment on crack stubby seats, together with your friends chatting rumors and LOL. In another sense, the queue gets longer and longer. Crowds are listing more and more patients. Some are irritated urging the skillful sitting woman to do their dishes. For some, buying to eat at the homes, the flavors of every fern cake blended with distinctive chunkier spicy fish sauces suddenly erase the moments of longing waiting before.


                             


Far away from the center, crossing through ancient townhouses and the crazy influx of "monster" scooters on the street, let's hang on the most reputed apartment with bunches of street tastes - Ngo Gia Tu Apartment. French architecture, degraded rooftops featuring cluttering hangers, but looking down to the ground, it is hard to imagine the galore atmosphere of uncountable stalls selling Vietnamese specialty. Right on the side with same distinguish features of low seats, messy stuff and small groups of waiting people, Che Mam Khanh Vy (Set of 16 Sweet Soups) steals your attention by servants sweating to deliver a tray on top with 16 different types of "che" (sweet soup). Far into the incessant noisy cloud appears the sounds of happiness and enjoyment, and the call of "wholesale sweet soup" tickling your ears.


                                        


Sweet soup is the main local food, which from the North to the South, the taste could in a different sense. With a set of 16 soups, the owner of the stall feels like delivering the message to the crowd: get the whole "sweet soup" culture in Vietnam and taste like a true Vietnamese. A taste is full of people, full of gossips and covered in the hectic, most street-est atmosphere. A taste where one cannot fulfill his gluttony with 16 bowls and must needs irresistible support from friends.


                                                   




To be continued...


Trần Nguyễn Khánh Linh