Snacking in Saigon

23 09 2015

I love looking at street vendors in different Asian cities I go to but I hardly ever buy from them.

While walking the streets of Saigon, Viet Nam, I thought I smelled something really good and looked around and found the source.


A lady baking heart-shaped waffles, western style, on charcoal.  I stood close looking down and she gave me a piece to taste.  Mmmmm.  Good.  Very crispy.  She also had a kind of pyramid shaped pancake bites made with the same batter which were softer and bouncy.  Also good.  But tasting a little bit was enough for me.  I wasn’t going to buy a whole bunch.  Then she gave me a small piece of this.


Excellent paper-thin sliced baked banana and thought this I could manage.  Asked her to sell me one sheet although one set came with three or four sheets of this.  I insisted that I was only willing to take one and told her I could only pay 10,000 VND (less than 50 cents US; I only had much smaller or bigger bills) when she quoted 20,000 VND.  At the end she gave up and took the 10,000.  She clearly didn’t appreciate it and I felt bad but then everything is open to negotiation soooooo…



2 responses

23 09 2015
Food,Photography & France

That looks very good indeed….can’t believe the currency…it’s like old fashioned Italian lire:)

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24 09 2015
Ayako Mathies

Exactly! I remembered the days of Italian lire. And as though almost meant to trick you, the 10,000 and 100,000 bills look alike in color and design (the design always being a picture of Chairman Ho Chi Minh) so you need to pay close attention when paying. One “0” can make a lot of difference.


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