Since our friend Ivan is going to Saigon for a business trip next week, I'm doing a quick post about the local food that he can try while he's there.
The black 'horns' of the water lily plant (I think) are steamed and sold as a common snack in Vietnam. We bought a small bag of steamed groundnuts for 30cts (20cts usd)!
I had to try the bánh mì sandwich (baguette with fried egg, pate and fresh vegetables filling) before I leave Saigon! We finally found a stall outside the Handicraft centre and it was hot and delicious!
We had seafood outside the Ben Thanh Market one night. The grilled clams served with roasted peanut was really tasty.
The eel dish cooked in a curry sauce was not too bad either. But the way they chopped up the eel pieces made it look unappetising (to me). I couldn't help it but each time I took a bite, I pictured a slippery live eel. After a few pieces, I just couldn't eat anymore...
We dug out the meat using a pair of small fork. The entrails (I think) were so long and soft and slimy, I almost threw up after chewing on one piece. It was soft and gooey and mucousy..yucks!
If you think the snails are bad enough, they have grilled whole bull frogs which would have freaked me out! The eggs in the foreground are half hatched duck eggs. I wouldn't eat that even if you paid me a thousand bucks!
We tried a cold dessert at the roadside stall and prayed that we wouldn't get a tummyache. Well, it was very sweet and refreshing and nope, it didn't upset our tummies.