I’ve passed this stall hundreds of times on the way home, gotten a quick glimpse of some frying going on, been none the wiser and carried on. I’d never even cadged the name of the dish being concocted streetside in District 10 – until now. She serves
Bot gao Banh bot chien. She wheels the mobile stall out from her pad opposite to the wider pavement side of the street, casts a few stools and tables around and gets frying. From what I can gather Banh bot chien is a fried savoury rice flour cake mashed up with an egg and served over a bed of shredded raddish with a smattering of spring onions and a soy sauce dip.
All very simple and a savoury snip at 5000VD for the takeaway rendition below. She’s a relative newbie by hardcore street merchant standards, having only been in the game for five years. However, on this visit (and inumerable previous flybys) it seems to be a popular stop-off for local schoool kids either on their way home or on their way to that scurge of the affluent Asian schoolkid – extra evening classes. It’s a bitch being a kid in Asia, I tell ya.
Was it worth the wait? Well, no, not really. It’s pretty bland, however it does benefit from the salty soy sauce supercharger. Without that, we’re in stodgey, savoury territory where function rules and the notion of a feast is an aferthought.