This streetcart peddlar doles out a steamy lunchtime Canh bun on the junction of Thi Sach and Cao Ba Quat streets in District 1. We’ve covered this dish before on Nguyen Binh Khiem street and the only major difference I can spot is the price. Boxed up and ready to ship back to Pieman Towers this broth costs 4,000 big ones. My previous encounter was one whole thousand dong more. What I like about this cart is her location.
She’s clearly got the government worker trade sown up. She plonks her cart between a large telecommunications office and the Southern Hydropower Joint Stock Company. Both are packed with hungry blue shirts looking for a cheap, nutritious score not too far from their desk.
The youth are in on the action too on the kerbside nursery school set up. If it’s good enough for grandma, it’s good enough for them. Freakin’ right. The main vat pictured below is filled with tofu, crabmeat and conjealed pig’s
blood, the smaller pan is the noodle cooker. I defy you to walk past
this vat and not stump up for a taste. It’s not the greatest soup in
Saigon, but it’s a rather good one.
I reckon if some enterprising Vietnamese immigrant to the UK decked herself out in ethnic conehead gear and served this from an authentic streetcart in Birmingham city centre she’d make a bundle. What with this gem and my banh mi pate streetcart collective idea, I reckon noodlepie is becoming quite the business consulting blog. Within less than one minute’s walk from this cart you can also score banh mi, banh mi thit heo nuong, goat curry and KFC.
UPDATE: On some days she sells Bun bo. See this photostream.
NB: Googling around for a suitable Birmingham city centre picture link I discovered that there is an ‘International Council of Shopping Centres’ and they have been giving awards since 1977. Amazing. So tell me, is you’re shopping centre on the list of finalists for 2005? Should it be? Why? Give reasons, examine and discuss.