Vietnam’s DODGY street food | Massive Saigon food hunt | Hidden street food gems Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam’s DODGY street food | Massive Saigon food hunt | Hidden street food gems Ho Chi Minh City


today we’re in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
and we’re here to show you some of the best street food we have got some hidden gems lined up for you we can’t wait to share them with you
Ho Chi Minh City will fulfil your every food fantasy the street food culture
here is exciting and utterly delicious this is our third video from Saigon and
we’re eating some of the city’s tastiest food watch out for a papaya salad which
has to dodge traffic in order to be eaten a unique crab soup which is a
locals favorite and a hidden street food gem serving up tasty Vietnamese
pancakes in this Saigon series we’ll show you some of the city’s best food
from off the beaten path street food to iconic Vietnamese dishes you don’t
want to miss this series get ready for some mouth-watering food I’m Thomas and
I’m Sheena and we’re Chasing a Plate we hope you’re hungry let’s eat before we get eating we want to say a
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details check out the description below Ho Chi Minh City Saigon is an electric
city doesn’t matter if you’re in a beautiful little neighborhood lane like
this or on the ridiculously busy main roads no matter where you are it is just
full of life and that definitely translates to the food there is so much
street food here and our first stop is just around this little laneway corner
and it is a amazing looking crab noodle soup we always want to show you the best
versions of local dishes in the city that we visit and if that means we
have to travel way outside of the city center to do so that’s what we’ll do we
love doing that so that’s exactly the case with this
first street food the crab noodle soup it’s called bun riel and we’ve traveled
maybe about 30 minutes outside of the main center of Saigon to share this epic bowl
of noodles with you let’s go and order there’s a huge line already this little stall is such a hive of
action so we’ve put in our orders but I thought we’d come out here and just have
a bit of a nosy and see what the cooking process is so there’s big huge pots
of crab broth you can see some of the crab paste floating on top there’s all
sorts of things going on there’s veggies, bits of tofu everything that’s
going to go into the noodle there’s a huge line of a Grab drivers
who are waiting to pick up orders for takeaway it’s all go I love how busy this bun rieu stall is so
the stall is just packed with people there are so many people lining up and
it’s all go you can see these huge pots of broth and the broth here looks so good
so it’s a tomato and crab broth so you’ve got this bowl of soup noodle soup
which is full of different contrasting textures and colors and then you’ve
got this stunning bowl of fresh herbs and vegetables to which to add to the
bowl of noodles so the bun rieu soup so what is it made up of and why is it special
why are we showing it to you so it is all about this crab paste and the crabs
are special because they only use rice paddy crabs so really small crabs which
they pound in the shell and create this paste so this is the crab paste that you
can see the sort of foamy looking thing which is floating on the top of the bowl
and then there’s all sorts of other things in here we’ve got some fried tofu
this is the bun so the rice noodles there’s some spring onions or some
garlic chives in there there’s some congealed blood cake there’s a fish
sausage there’s pork sausage and then of course it’s swimming in this gorgeous
looking broth so and tomato and crab broth and then to go with it we’ve got
this huge pile of fresh herbs and vegetables so there’s bean sprouts
there’s Vietnamese balm this one here and underneath there’s a whole lot of
water spinach tendrils so you’re supposed to add all the fresh vegetables
into your bowl but what I’m going to do first is just taste it without
adding the fresh veg first so let’s just give this broth a taste
cause it’s all in the broth oh man
it is so packed with flavor you can really taste the crab in there that is
epic okay so let’s just let’s just get some of
this crab paste too and also some of those noodles oops I lost my crab paste okay mmm that crab paste it’s beautiful it’s
very subtle but has a very distinct taste or flavor of crab okay it’s time
to ramp this baby up so we have got a ton of condiments here this purple
looking paste is actually fermented shrimp paste so that’s going to add quite
a bit of depth to my bowl so I’m gonna put a dollop of that in there and grab
some chili for some spice all right healthy dose of chilli and then also
there’s a ton of lime so add some acidity okay this is gonna be good and
all right some of these vegetables so I’ve got those water spinach tendrils
some of this Vietnamese balm so tons of that make it super fresh and then these
fresh bean sprouts okay I’ve got herbs flying all over the place all
right let’s just give this a good old mix up look at that purple green red
orange it is sensational oh I can really smell that shrimp paste wafting up okay
I’ve got a ton of herbs let’s get in hmm amazing I love the spice the
chilli adds the fermented shrimp paste is quite strong so adds a real punchy depth
the fresh herbs absolutely amazing really lifts the bowl blood cake some
noodles more of that broth hmm it’s so good I’m not normally a fan
of congealed blood cake I don’t really like the texture
but that’s really good it’s very soft has a lovely clean flavor oh this is
unreal we’re on our way on foot to our next
stop and we found a very interesting shop front here so sugarcane is a very
common drink here in Asia but we’re going to show you guys sugar cane we’re
going to take it a step further we’ve actually found a little factory where
they’re preparing the sugar cane to go to all the stalls all around the town
it’s a really neat little place so let’s go grab one this is the sugar cane place
so the sugar cane itself is getting crushed here from these little sticks of
sugar cane so this is the cane that sugar gets refined down from here in
Asia you just basically juice it but what’s really interesting is this which
is the sugar cane actually getting prepared so you can see out the back of
the shop all the raw ones that have come straight from the field and this guy’s
stripping them down here so you can see all those skins being ripped right off
them and then they get cut down to the size of these ones to then get sent out
actually right here so then they get cut down to like this put on the back of
scooters and sent out to shops all around the city
so you’ll find little stands all over the city this is really neat because
it’s fully the factory preparing it to go around all over town come have a look
at the machine actually they’ve just let me into their shop a bit more this
amazing machine so all this gearing system this chain all this gearing
system and this sort of pump is pushing back and forth and it’s got some two
spinning wheels on it which is just stripping off all of that skin and
pushing through the big long piece of sugarcane before it gets cut down into
these little little spikes to drink actually here is our drink here now so this
is our sugar cane so you can see it’s sort of a watery texture oh that is so good it’s not too sweet
cause it’s not refined right down so it’s just the juice that is delicious and
they generally put a little bit of calamansi in it here this one’s very
light on that though so just a little citrus kick as well super refreshing in
the heat something I find quite neat here in Ho
Chi Minh City is it’s very easy to get off the main roads and get into these
lovely quiet little lane ways and communities and often they have a gate
like that but they’re not private you can come in and our next street food is
within one of these over there in the corner because they’ve knocked down a
building here you can see the little green stools set up in someone’s house
really so this is where our next street foods gonna be let’s go get some this is
what we’re after banh khot and we’ve heard that this little home kitchen does a
really great version so little mini savory Vietnamese pancakes how cool is this atmosphere so we’re sitting right outside this family’s
house the kitchen is right at the front of the house and so they’re making
some spring rolls and also some of this banh khot and then they’ve set up a few
tables and chairs for their diners to enjoy their food and then right in front of me is the construction site so we’ve got builders hard at work it doesn’t get more atmospheric than this so this is the banh khot they are small savoury Vietnamese
pancakes and the yellow comes from turmeric so it’s a rice flour and
turmeric batter cooked in a special little griddle pan and then topped with
a prawn and then as is very common in ahhh Cảm ơn ohhh so we’ve just been given some coconut milk sauce to go with the banh khot so as I was saying what is great about
Vietnamese cuisine is you often get a basket of herbs and fresh vegetables so
in this case we’ve got some lettuce we’ve got some mustard greens some
perilla leaves and also some Vietnamese coriander and I think some Thai basil in there so I love Vietnamese food because of this it’s so interactive it’s fun
you’ve got to get involved you’ve gotta assemble your food and so what I’m gonna
do is do exactly that so I’m gonna get a mustard leaf and then grab some herbs so
I might get a perilla leaf add that on I think this is a fish herb so named
because it tastes a lot like fish and then I’ve got a banh khot here and then I
might just get a little scoop of this coconut milk sauce and add that on top
mmm oh yeah it’s really creamy and then all I’m gonna do is just wrap it up
squish it down a bit and then dip it in this dipping sauce so this is a very
common dipping sauce in Vietnam it comes with a fish sauce base and it’s
got vinegar and it’s got sugar this has got a little bit of pickled
daikon and carrot so I’m gonna dunk that in there whoa that’s good
amazing the the pancake is really soft and creamy and then the coconut milk
sauce that he passed me it’s a beautiful almost sweet flavour I
love the fresh vegetables they add a real zing crunch just a cleaness and
then the prawn really well cooked you saw that I ate the prawn with the
shell on the shell is very soft so it doesn’t sort of cut your mouth or anything I love this
dipping sauce too it’s very lively adds a lot of sweetness a little bit of zing
cause of the vinegar in there hmm what a meal! next up we have got an iconic Ho Chi
Minh City street food to show you and that is a papaya salad we have come to this
little stall here because we’ve heard that this lady does the best papaya
salad in the city let’s order what’s really unique about this stall is that she’s over on this side of the street preparing her papaya salad but
the seating area is actually over this busy road and in the park so you put in
your order and then they ferry your order across the road to you
she is doing a roaring trade so you can see all the shaved green papaya in the
window there’s all sorts of things going in I can see herbs there’s beef liver
jerky there’s peanuts shrimp crackers and then there’s just motorbike after motorbike
pulling up and grabbing up a papaya salad to take away let’s head over the road and grab a seat we’ve just been handed our green papaya
salad so we’re now on the other side of the road at the park actually I’ll show
you the sort of the situation here so where we first ordered is over the other
side of the road there where the big buildings are they do final prep here
with just some some of the sauce going on top you come over to the park and
there’s people sitting all around and there’s little vinyl mats on the edges
so you sit down so it’s got a very nice sort of picnic-y atmosphere going on
over here it’s but like a bit more quiet you’re away from that main road it’s
very nice and look at the salad so this this is a papaya salad on steroids it
looks very good so you’ve got the green papaya shredded up these dark bits are
jerky beef jerky but made with organs so by the looks of it that’s gonna be
liver jerky so I’d say that will be a burst of flavor it’s all swimming in
this sauce which is a very common sauce here in Vietnam fish sauce vinegar bit of
sweetness got some Thai basil we’ve got a bunch of chilli on there so really
it’s all about mixing it up oh and there’s prawn crackers look how golden
these prawn crackers look that are on top let’s just mix a good bit up coat
it in that sauce so you can really see how that sauce is coating that green
papaya as I mix it through let’s get some jerky on top this is unreal oh that is
good the main big burst of flavour is that jerky and then you’ve got that
sauce that chilli look how that chilli so it was a bit of a little collection of
chilli in the corner here but as soon as I mixed it in it really mixed through
that sauce and has just coated everything and that sauce just pulls it
together so nicely the sweetness the tanginess of the vinegar and then
the sharpness of the fish sauce mmm get some more jerky flavour-wise it’s incredible and
texturally it’s incredible the papaya still crunchy the prawn
crackers very crunchy the jerky is obviously dried but it’s it’s taking on
that sauce so it’s just starting to squish up a little and then the super
freshness of that that basil on there that Thai basil I love how it’s all
coated in that sauce it is a very good papaya salad and the environment is
unreal I love that you order across the road there and they bring it across they
fight their way through the traffic with a big tray of the papaya salads and it’s
just a nice atmosphere everyone’s sitting around quietly enjoying their papaya salad
it’s such a nice place to sit under all these trees really good environment and
really good papaya salad

51 thoughts on “Vietnam’s DODGY street food | Massive Saigon food hunt | Hidden street food gems Ho Chi Minh City

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  • Wow, Vietnam has the best street food ever here that you would love to try it for sure. This is the best street food travelling video ever, love it so much! 🇻🇳🇻🇳🇻🇳

  • 😋😋😋 Vietnam vermicelli is really great! Wow you guys traveling around the world, awesome!!!

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  • Thanks God that you're in Vietnam. I'm planning to go to Vietnam but because I'm Muslim so I think your Vietnam series will be help me find nice food… BTW are you going to pho quac???

  • Greetings from Monterey, CA!!! Another great video guys!! Love the videos and can't wait to see the next one! Stay healthy!!! 💌💌💕💞

  • don.t judge me ' even though it no halal ' the perfect yin yang viet food looks world class and quite unlike a certain north american cuisine !!!!! #beautifuldelicious

  • I just adore sugar cane juice. Just pure green sugar cane juice in Singapore. Unfortunately unless you have the heavy gear you can't grind the juice at home with just a blender because the cane is too tough.

    I'm so impressed that Sheena knows the English names of the herbs (when eating the banh khot).. amazing. It's the first time for me hearing some of those names

  • The banh khot looks so good! Turmeric in the batter and then all those juicy prawns. Couldn’t agree more about the fresh herbs. Really love the flavor of perilla leaf! And then the coconut milk sauce to top it all off

  • Wow look at that! Across the street delivery to your seating area and a booming motorbike takeaway business. What a unique system and feel – looks like such a gem! And that’s before even talking about the papaya salad itself

  • Definitely could have smashed a plate of that bahn khot too… Looks super delish! Those spicy chiles, YUM! 😍 Love love LOVE it! ❤❤❤

  • Another great video! I cringed inside watching you eat the shrimp with the shell on! I was waiting for the ‘oh s***’ face. Glad you clarified the soft shell!

  • Crab noodles soup 😍😍😍😍 if you start this episode with this, how are you going to top it??? This is freaking amazing!

  • wow, after you put all those veggies in there, it surely looks colorful. I bet it just highlights the flavor of fish with everything else.

  • WOW! the sugar cane peeling machine is pretty awesome, the whole process is great to see… It doesnt get any fresher than that

  • Sheena, how do you know soooo much about herbs? I am taking notes like crazy and you have to see my drawings of the leaves hahahah they do not look alike … at all!!!

  • Never try a Papaya salad, and I never imagined it like that.
    We agree with you Thomas, is very cool to be sitting down there enjoying that delicious local food, surrounded by locals. Really cool

  • Ok so im thinking I'll need to pack an extra stomach😂. Everything looks unreal and delicious. Im not a fan of overly fishy tasting things so hopefully the dipping sauces arent to strong. Loved this vlog guys. You never disappoint with local finds. X

  • Have you ever had She crab soup from Maryland in the US? If not, put it on your list. Margie and Ray’s just outside of Virginia Beach, has the best! I have been DYING to try one of those spicy papaya salad so badly, but I can’t find a good place near me.

  • The bun rieu looks super delish and appetising. Though there are many noodle soups involving seafood I don't think I have ever come across one that has crab in it. This is so unique and I hope to try it in the future. The name of the dish sounds super fancy and memorable as well just because the 'rieu' has that french note to it though it could have nothing to do with French.

  • Wow how awesome, epec and sweet as, hmm,hmm,hmm, sheenah!!! as the kiwi slang would say, bahaha…nice one guys, keep it coming..

  • Love the content but really "dodgy" food? I know you're trying to give it afun spin but no vendor wants their food labelled "dodgy" which usually translates to dishonest, unreliable, low quality or second rate.

  • I watch these videos and plan to try these places from different YouTubers but when I visit my fiance there is soooooooo much food to try. It doesn't help my fiance's family sells food and I can't resist having one more bowl when we get home. But you can literally walk down the street and find anything you can think of. Not to mention new exciting things you never knew existed. I need to start making a list for my next visit before I get married. When I come home everything seems tasteless and bland.

  • After all of these food tasting, you got to do a top 10 or top 5 food for each country, or compare other countries food, rank each country by their food.

  • Excellent video ! I have a phobia for Bun Rieu after experiencing an extinction level explosive diarrhoea at a local Vietnamese Restaurant. But the one you ate looks really safe and authentic ! yum !

  • That was the best looking "picnic food" l have ever seen. I actually read the fun title early this morning as "Doggy" street food as someone else mentioned 😅
    Thomas was so animated eating that Papaya Salad, he had me drooling. Does any vendors not love you guys!! Im so glad they let us have a "nosey around" even when they are very busy. That sub count keeps rising👍👍

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