I find this guy peddling his wares outside a school on Tran Cao Van street in District 1. The school is in the direct firing line of a ‘hotdog’ seller, a snack cart and various other food floggers on the lookout for business just before chucking out time at 11am. I’m down this street to score from the excellent bun cha shed. However, pulling up at this chao, rice porridge, cart gives me second thoughts.
He sells Chao huyet long, rice porridge with blood and innards. We’ve
covered this once before in district 10 and I take this chance encounter as a sign that I am called upon to compare notes. Yup, me got me some of that religion stuff. As
I mentioned in the previous post I’m slowly snapping any and every chao
long cart I come across in Saigon. It’s an attempt to document the
brilliant, if unimaginative, streetcart sign writing around town. Check out
the chao long photostream.
This vat houses the rice porridge and blood. The innards are showcased in the glass cabinet atop the stall. There’s something unnerving about crunching into pig pipes, tubes,
vagina and stomach. I’ll admit I’m not the world’s biggest fan of
‘balls out’ offal, even if it is sunk inside a gloriously peppery rice
porridge. It’s all a bit too abattoir really. Nothing wrong with that,
but you know… it’s challenging food. Nowt wrong with the huyet, conjealed pig’s
blood, I can handle that no problem. Although, there’s no spice, no pazazz, no nothing
and I think, by rights, there should be. The pig deserved that.
I normally order my chao long huyet minus the long bit, i.e. those
crunchy innards. I do order it with the beansprouts and a few hacked up, crouton-esque quai for
good measure. However, on this ocassion I got so distracted taking photos that I completely forget to tell chef to hold the innards and double the blood. Oh well… you live and learn. It’s honest streetfare, 4,000VD a bowl, 1,000VD extra for
the quai. Highly recommended. A whole bunch of other stalls appear on Tran Cao Van Street just before 11am. Check out a few of them.