Curiosity got the better of me last night and I doubled back to this seller at the top of Nguyen Hue Street slapbang in the very epicentre of District 1. Sure, I’ve seen this around town, but I’ve never bothered buying it before. Looks like sheets of thin cardboard, but is in fact dried, finger bananas that have been sat on by the heaviest member of the family, for a very, very long time. It’s called Banh chuoi. Not sure how many bananas go to make one sheet, but I’ll guess at just the one. This seller tells me she’s been in the mobile street stall trade for four years and stalks predominantly in District 1. She’ll heat a sheet up fresh for you on the charcoal burner in one of her baskets, or you can buy a bag of three sheets for 6000VD. Banh chuoi is popular nightime snack food with Saigonites, Tastes like it sounds. Of bananas, slightly warm and dry. Interesting and worth a try, but I doubt I’ll buy it again.