This stallholder is a regular at the corner of Le Thi Rieng and Luu Van Lang streets in District 1. She’s one of the friendliest mobile stall holders I’ve come across. She serves up four different fried dishes; banana, sweet potato, khoai mon (taro root) and banh cay. Today she’s joined by a dog seller. She’s the lady with the conehead just behind the stall. The prettier dogs go for 400,000VD each. They look fab, but I really couldn’t manage a whole one at this time in the morning, so I score a bag of banh cay for 5,000VD instead.
We covered something very similar before on Nguyen Binh Khiem street. The banh cay at this stall hold a bit more fire, a splodge more cholesterol and yards more crunchtastic deep fried battered brilliance.
If you take a look inside her batter bucket you’ll find whopping great flakes of chilli in among the batter. Fortunately just behind the dog sellers there’s also a mia da grinder. A cool glass of sugarcane will take the edge off your hot banh cay hit.
The rest of her selection doesn’t look that appetising. I had a nibble at a few of these, but the chilli from the banh cay cuts through the lot of ’em. My deep fried street snack of choice would probably be the chuoi chien we covered some time back. But, for a hot savoury nibble in the middle of town, this stall is worth dropping by.