Street Photography ~ Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon

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.

Sitting in and looking out

Sitting in and looking out

Brew your own coffee at the table

Brew your own coffee at the table

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.

Freshly made steamed rice-flour wrappers - you pick the stuffing.

Freshly made steamed rice-flour wrappers – you pick the stuffing.

Munchies, knick-knacks, u-name-it ... everywhere

Munchies, knick-knacks, u-name-it … everywhere

Intrigue

Intrigued ~ him by the fish; me by him

Every little street is an amazing maze of life.

Every little street is an amazing maze.

Dead-End Street with so much Life!

Dead-End Street with so much Life!

Every street turn has a food stall.

Good cheap food everywhere.

BBQ done there and then for you.

BBQ done there and then for you.

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.

Many dishes actually still have some French influence, like bánh mì which is like baguette and the bò kho, a beef stew.

Phở tái (beef noodles) with local beer.

Phở tái (beef noodles) with local beer.

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!

Advertisements

5 responses to “Street Photography ~ Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon

  1. You could gain employment with any travel agency.Your words and images have given me itchy feet, not to mention stimulating my appetite.

    Like

  2. I’d love to visit the US again, particularly to ride Route 66 and then traverse the Chisholm Trail, an adventure I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid.

    Like

  3. I got my kicks on Route 66 driving a car back in 92. Distances on the bike are much more fun, feeling the bugs in your teeth adds to the sensation.

    Like

What's your Opinion?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s