Thursday, March 09, 2006

Pavement Pounders

Banana shop

As in other cities in Viet Nam, Ho Chi Minh City also has so many walking vendors around the place, their calls and signs attracting trade.

Coconut juice

While driving along the street on a hot day, stopping on the side of the road and asking for a soft drink, coconut juice or tea would be a good idea.

xoi

Hungry and wanna try some sticky rice with different meats or sausages? How about some dried onion? Why not?

Banh ngot

Fruit is here, cheap and good, come on !!!

Sau Rieng

Durian, great smell, good price, try before you buy, no good, no buy !!!!

Banh

Hot homemade pancakes, 1000Vnd for one. Try now before sold out!!!!

Hoa qua

Fresh fruit is the most common form of street business in Ho Chi Minh City. The fruit is ready to eat straight away and looks very clean.

I always try the street snacks and fruits, they are great and cheap. I think you guys should try all of these thing if you are ever in Viet Nam. Highly recommended!

20 comments:

Preya said...

Tu, I love your pictures of the fresh fruit! My two favorites from VN are qua na (custard/sugar apple) and thang long (dragon fruit)--can't get them here:(

Winn said...

I LOVE STREET FOOD TOOOOO!

Buddhist with an attitude said...

Hi God! I usually don't comment on your posts because it will be just another «Ooh!Looks delicious!». But this time, man! Those fruits sure look good!

krisTi said...

mMmm once again. I would love to try street food.

drifter1dc said...

God,

I tried a fruit that I think was called custard fruit. Little sections with seeds in each. Tasted like custard but not too sweet. Very good I must say.

fooDcrazEE said...

i used to buy 10 coconuts a week at VND 2000 per piece. I know its expensive at that time but i'm nuoc ngoi ( foreigner )and hey ! its USD 0.20. Dirt cheap...

Jen said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment!

I really like visiting your blog. I am learning a lot about my homeland and I keep asking my parents about the pictures you post. I hope that I can go back to visit someday... maybe even visit Phung-Hiep where I was born? I think that would be fun!

JLB said...

mmmm... fresh fruit looks wonderful! Are these fruits from local crops, or are they harvested elsewhere and transported in to the city?

Wendy C. said...

That was fun! I felt like I was right there...in fact I almost handed you a dollar!

Have a great day!

eatzycath said...

yup, i saw lots of these carts in Hanoi too, but i only managed to buy bottles of water and fruits, next time, I shall squat by the roadside and get my hands on those pancakes etc. :-)

Gia-Gina said...

Your photos are amazing and of course I have Vietnam as one of the places I would like to visit before I die, hopefully with my parents.

totenkuchen said...

It all looks good to me. I saw similar vendors in Korea wihtr "UFOs" or Unidentified Fried Objects. Even one woman selling fried ants (I gave those a pass). We ate in some fo the food tents after imbibing lots of Soju - so much I am not sure what I had.

vngriffi1 said...

I left VN over 30 years ago but I still remember fondly the succulent tastes of jackfruit, mangosteen, rambutan, and young coconut. Can't wait to go back and buy them from those hard working street vendors. Love your postings, especialy pics of the pavement pounders that show how much they manage to lug around on their improvised vehicles.

Chen said...

Interesting. The street snacks and fruits looks similar to what we have over here in Malaysia.

Street food is great.
I always buy fresh fruits from the roadside stalls :)

overlain said...

Tu, you are right that westerners should try food from these vendors. But first, we westerners have to get over our squeemishness about the cleanliness or lack thereof -- I didn't on my last trip last year and missed out on all this. This year, now that I have relocated to HCMC, I am trying everything and loving it. I figure the germs just average themselves out and my body is adjusting to them fine.
-- Mel

Thao said...

Gosh, I love guavas!!! just to look at them, my mouth is watering. Reminds me when I was in highschool, we used to eat gauvas with salt chilly, so goood!!! ;-)

As always beautiful pictures

Tim Rice said...

I keep being amazed at how well you cover the culture of Vietnam. Your blog is truely an education for me.

Charles said...

Durian has a "great smell?" How exactly to you define "great?"

Godknows said...

Charles, thats what the seller called out.

David Kha said...

Hi God,
Love your blog. It makes me homesick. I have not been home since 1960.
Zenmasterkha