This is another banana, sweet potato, batter snack seller. No big difference from what we’ve had before. I stopped by this one on Mac Dinh Chi street. She assembles her batter balls – Banh khoai? Banh cay? Anyone got the definitive name for these? – into smalll firey, chilli laced balls, whereas the previous streetchef fashions a more rectangular specimen. 2,000VD will procure you a grabbag and – in the common parlance of 2004/2005 – You’re good to go. Where did that phrase come from? I don’t like it, bit too adagency, little bit salesreppy. Urgghh.
These snacks are great streetwalkin’ nibbles, not that Saigon is a good walkin’ city. It really ain’t – too many parked motorbikes, broken paving slabs, people squatting, drinking tea, cooking etc. Quite stressfull now I think about it – in a pathetic kinda way. The interesting thing about all these streetsnacks is the apparent schedule they run to. Each dish seems to have an alloted slot (or slots) at particular times of the day. For instance this dish is strictly mid-morning. 8:30am, in the same spot as this seller, I found a grilled sweet potato seller. By the time I return, she’s gone. Just pre and apres lunch it’s che and streetfruit. Come early evening the glorious streetcorn carts arrive. I tell ya’ – you could set your watch by what you see on the streets of Saigon. More snaps from the street. Bonus off-topic, bizarre Asian link of the day, Ssahn.com (via Sarah Dopp)