If it’s cheapsville I’m after this is the stall I drop by. She serves two dishes only, Canh bun and Bun rieu cua. I’ve yet to gobble her Canh bun, but have splashed out on her Bun rieu cua on several occasions. It costs just 3,000VD. That’s one whole thousand dong cheaper than the younger, more glamorous, stallholder two steps and a horse’s sneeze along the alleyway. But, is it any better? Well, no it’s not, but she is up against the best Bun rieu I’ve ever tried. That said, this ain’t no slouch. The Bun rieu cua here is far darker (sorry no National Geographic macro closeup wankery today) and is more frugal on the spamsticks than her snazzy competitor.
However, she’s one of the chirpier stall holders down the market and even though her broth isn’t Olympic, I do enjoy pulling up a pew under her brolly for a slurp ‘n’ burp now and again. If you’ve yet to discover the delights of Bun rieu here at noodlepie, start you journey with Google juice. we’ve covered this beast several times previously.
Of all the stalls down the local shopping precinct, there are only two that I’ve spotted with stall front signs. Unfortunately for the hopeless, bumbling nguoi tay balo‘s of this world, if you don’t know your Vietnamese food, sign-less stalls won’t help you as you pound your way up this back passage.
Now, does anyone know what profit there is in a healthy, fresh soup that goes for 3,000VD at a stall like this? ‘Cos I’m buggered if I can figure it out.
For the clueless the handy noodlepie currency converter should help
3,000VD = 5.5 Russian Roubles, 20.3 Albanian Lek, 0.14 Jordanian Dinar, 0.52 Samoan Tala or not much of anything really.