My love-hate relationship with Saigon street food just took a massive step in the love direction. I am extremely happy to report that Vinh Khanh in District 4 has changed my opinion. It offers foodies an absolutely delightful culinary experience coupled with a terrific atmosphere. This is Saigon Street Food at its best, not just good, it’s really great. I have always been a seafood fan. Coming from Manchester seafood always seemed a bit exotic as a kid. Well alright, maybe not the Blackpool winkles but you get my drift.
Vinh Khanh: Perfect Saigon Street Food
The food is absolutely fresh, cooked to perfection and served up with plenty of ice cold beer and street performers to keep you smiling. A cheeky street magician had the crowd enthralled and the fire-eaters are always a popular addition. Here, though, they are playing to a mainly local crowd. If you like the Bui Vien atmosphere but not the bullshit that goes with it, Vinh Khanh will be the street for you. Much safer than Bui Vien, it has a friendly family ambience and massively better Saigon street food.
The food is cheap as well. Two portions of barbequed squid, a terrific mackerel steamed with herbs and spices, Those “remarkably straight prawns on sticks and absolutely superb raw prawn with a fiercely hot wasabi sauce. Between three of us, we polished off around 18 beers and the total bill came in at VND600,000. Imagine that in the West, less than $9 each, for three hours of great food. Then, throw in loads of beers and great entertainment.There is nothing quite like eating out in the street on a warm night in a Southeast Asian city. it’s part of what made me fall in love with the region. When I lived in Bangkok, I rarely ate anywhere else. It has taken a while for me to finally discover really great Saigon street food, but I will be back, boy oh boy, will I be back!
Al Fresco, Night-Dining, One of the Region’s Big Plusses
There is nothing quite like eating out in the street on a warm night in a Southeast Asian city. This is part of what made me fall in love with the region. When I lived in Bangkok, I rarely ate anywhere else. It has taken a while for me to finally discover really great Saigon street food. I will be back, boy oh boy, will I be back!