I walked the small streets, some not listed on maps, some simply wide enough to fit 1 motorcycle + 1 adult human being. Yes, Ho Chi Minh City is definitely growing ~ the rich are getting richer, the motorcycle population is multiplying, and food franchises have charged in. There are ample photos of the glowing streets and traffic of that city so …
I chose to check out the Local Lifestyle that is still all around. I roamed the back alleys and sat & ate with them.
Order a cup of local coffee and you will get this set-up ~ a vacuum flask of hot water (put in at boiling point) and a contraption that sits on your mug with local ground coffee in the top “sieve”. Pour your water into the top “sieve” and watch it slow-drip.
1 sieve portion = expresso strength; 2 portions = dark & strong; 3 portions = (urgh) colored water.
No tourists, just locals … so join in the crowd and point to what you feel like trying for that meal. You will find a helpful interpreter or two to join in the fun and promote their local cuisine.
And then of course there is that all famous Pho, the rice noodles. To explore Vietnam without trying Pho is like visiting India and not eating curry.
So ~ for this dinner I headed to the most crowded* street side stall for fiery hot (both temperature and pepper laced) Beef Pho.
(*I equate crowd with local popularity.)
And what better way to wash it all down but with cold, really cold, Saigon Beer!