I’m getting more and more email from folk asking my advice about where to find the best streetfood in Saigon. The simple answer is everywhere, the honest answer is I don’t really know and the convoluted, psychononsense answer is use my patent pending European plaice method. The success rate using this method is high plus you get to learn more about the underwater kingdom. First, imagine you are a plaice – tasty, crustacean munching flatfish found in the North Atlantic with the chameleonesque ability to change colour to match its surroundings – then find a cornershop cafe somewhere in the hinterland. Now blend in plaicelike.
The seafish-come-pancake of the natural world would now rely upon its superior sense of smell and bionic eyesight to track down lunch. You can replicate this by plucking out any excess nostril hair and putting a pair of glasses on. Now order a cafe sua da with complimentary tra da and wait. Today I’m a European plaice in District 10.
Half the innards of this blog come to you after many hours perfecting a convincing impression of this bottom feeding flatfish. So don’t feel out of plaice, give it a whirl. I soon reel in the first catch of the day – a corn seller flogging freshly steamed sticks at 2,000VD a pop along with bap xao (fried corn) for the same price. Not corny enough for you? see my previous score on Hai Ba Trung street.