Charcoal grilled, dried squid served with a footstampin’ chilli sauce from a stall attached to the back of a motorbike in District 1. It’s a whifftastic streetsnack. This guy flogs from an ingenious foldaway kitchen contraption comprised of a ‘squid hanger’, barbecue, mangol and condiments container. These chaps are pre-dried and come in three sizes. Small go for
5,000VD, medium cost 10,000VD and a fat moma will see you stumping up a
whopping great 20,000VD per cephalopod.
Squid is big East Asian snackfood. I remember wondering where the hell the pong was coming from during my first ever visit to the cinema in South Korea. Then I discovered I was hemmed in by squid scoffers. Not a bag of popcorn in sight and the place freakin’ wreaked. I’ve since recovered and these days, I’m quite the fan.
Your snack is barbecued, mangoled, barbecued again and then served. See the squid action video clip. I find you have to chew in the right direction, go with the grain if you like, and masticate small morsels only if want the total squid experience. I’d probably struggle with a giant squid, but the 5,000VD babies at the corner of Ly Tu Trong and Dong Khoi Streets are a quality nibble. Nutritious too.