The great thing about eating in Ho Chi Minh City's markets is the clean glasses, bowls and surroundings. It makes me feel much more comfortable and I can enjoy my meal more than in other areas in Viet Nam. The food in Saigon's markets is so good, and not expensive at all.
Fresh spring rolls(Goi Cuon) are most famous in the south, the dipping sauce is an amazing mix of lots of peanuts and some chilli. Every market in Saigon offers this dish which is most popular at lunchtime but great for a snack anytime.
Eating in the market is an adventure for foreigners who come to Viet Nam for the first time, as they're always scared that the food may upset their stomachs. But after they experience the market food once, then they come back for more.
I love wandering in at the Ben Thanh market and the Binh Tay market, not only to eat but also just want to have a good look around.
The way the stallholders arrange the food looks great, and they help each other in selling as well. For example, you can sit in another shop and the staff will order whatever food you want from another shop. Juices and desserts are amazing here, too. I especially love the steamed banana in coconut milk sauce.
You can enjoy your food while you have your nails done. Have you ever done this before? Kill time by having lunch and a pedicure at the same time. What a classic!