A new find. They’re getting rarer. This street level stall serves a late afternoon snack called Banh trang. Banh trang is the rice paper that gets thrown in with whatever you fancy from the tray above. Here we have deep-fried shallots, spring onion, fish balls, big tub of (manly) rau dang, minced red chilli, prawn powder, a large jar of nuoc mam (fish sauce) and some black stuff. Sorry, I don’t know the name of that. It’s 3 or 4,000VD a throw. I spot this seller at the corner of Luu Van Lang/Le Thi Rieng junction in District 1, Saigon. In fact I’m gobbling here immediately after I gobbled there.
Pictured above the seller is prepping my score. It’s a decent little bite. I skip the chilli, but it’s still got plenty engine power, not a little crunch and a healthy herb kick. Since I tried this I’ve seen two more stalls selling exactly the same thing. Funny. Never ever seen this in 8 years or more, then it’s all over town like a dose of clap. As I’ve said before, you gotta keep your eyes open in this town.