18:20 02/11/2013 Everybody says, “If you want to experience the savory and cheapest food in Vietnam, eat where the locals go” Easier said than done, the real dilemma is how to find them. Most of the address and street signs are written in Vietnamese script. If you ask directions, you’ll be lucky enough to bump a person who speaks basic English. This is where a local guide or friend comes handy. We’re so grateful to meet our friend’s friends which brought us to Bánh canh Ghẹ Muối Ớt Xanh, a local restaurant that serves authentic Vietnamese Seafood cuisine.
Our food adventure lead us to Quận 10, part of Ho Chi Minh City. The whole stretch of Nguyễn Tri Phương 9 are lined with restaurants, inns, and shops. The captivating neon lights of the restaurant’s billboard was blinding not to notice.
We arrived past 6PM, just on time for early dinner. A friendly guy ushered us to take a seat which we happily oblige. We asked recommendation from our new friends on what food to order since all were written in Vietnamese. Since we can’t take crabs (we’re both allergic) we opted for clams and seashells instead. The guy was prompt to take our order and left the table in haste.
All the seashells including oysters were still raw as they handpicked them from the aquarium before being cook. It’s a guarantee of freshness as they say.
A set of condiments had been placed on our table. An orange chili sauce similar to Thai together with Muối Ớt Xanh. These two are the perfect ensemble for Vietnamese seafood. The latter is a mixed of lemon juice, filtered cane sugar, pepper, salt and Vietnamese green chili.
So deo xao me, we just called it xao me just like the phone to easily recall. The dish with bursting flavor. The sauce was bit overwhelming for us. It was garnish with a fresh morning glory leaf and toasted baguette on the side.
So duong nuong pho mai was the lightest among seafood dish we tried. It’s a grilled scallop topped with melted cheese. It’s chewy, appetizing and simply irresistible. We didn’t have second thought of ordering another set of this. Amazingly good!
The third dish called So mai nuong mo hanh, undoubtedly won our stomach. It’s basically a grilled oyster seasoned with sugar, salt ,garlic, scallions then topped with grounded peanuts. The aroma and flavor was intense but not that overpowering.
We attained so much of foodgasm that night. Countless of mmmmm and ahhhh we uttered. Our first night wouldn’t be complete without a bottle of local beer. We ordered Saigon export as suggested by our friend. A very light lager type of beer which is famous in Vietnam.
What do you notice on the picture above aside from foam? Yes, Vietnamese youngsters drink their beer on a straw. Why not? We thought drinking it with straw makes one’s drunk quickly. But it’s just a myth and no scientific claims to prove. So we happily sip the foamy light beer to wash down our delish seafood meal. Gulp, Gulp!
We concluded our day on photo session with our new friends before it calling it a night. Cảm ơn
What’s your favorite Vietnamese seafood?
Address: 484 Nguyễn Tri Phương, 9, Quận 10, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Note: This is not paid post or some sort, we just want to share our good experience with this restaurant.
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