This lady sells roasted, fried quails (chim cut chien) at 224 Cach Mang Thang Tham street in District 3. I’ve been a buyer of her birds for well over a year. I’ve only tried three different marinated, roasted quail sellers in Saigon. Some give you a bag of sauce, some hack up your quails in a boneshard friendly, diner unfriendly manner, all reheat the featherless feast in hot oil. This stall is my favourite. There is no sauce. There’s no hacking. But there’s mucho tasty, sweet nibbly, marinated, tender bird meat morsels to get your laughing gear stuck right into.
I’ve blogged the same dish before, but I couldn’t live with myself – OK, that’s a lie. I could, but it’d be tough – if I didn’t highlight this fave stall selling what I think is a slightly better variant. Birds come with sliced cucumber, the (manly) rau rang green herb, a bag of salt and pepper and one of chilli sauce. I normaly also grab a warm banh my and a couple of corns. Dinner for two and a small one is around 28,000VD, or just over a quid in old money.
The quails come with tiny, bitter livers still attached. It’s a succulent, hands on dinner that’d freak out any bird flu paranoiacs at the table. Please note, I haven’t reduced my intake of street quail at any time before or since bird flu and this stall’s business has not stopped rockin’. She sets up shop just before 5pm and if you arrive after 7:30pm she could well be sold out. Never fear, she may still have some deep-fried marinated pig tubes lying around. I hear they’re great, I’ve yet to give in to temptation. I’m always up for trying a new quail stall. Tips, as ever, very welcome. More snaps of quail stalls and wotnot.