Report Street food tour on 28/04/18
Guide: Minh Đạt
Guest: Mey from Singapore
Picked up place: Somerset resort
She has been in Vietnam for 2 months as a exchange student, one month in Hanoi, the other in HCM city. Unlike I expected, she didn’t have any experience in Vietnam except for study. So on her day off, she wanted to know more about our country which for her is the place that she studied master of her major .
During the tour
Cuisine was a part of her life, so she decided to choose the street food tour with us. She had eaten a lot of Vietnamese food like Bun bo, Pho, several of family dishes. But, she hadn’t had street food yet. I asked her that what kind of food Vietnamese students ate all the time but never got tired of ? She told me a lot of foods of Vietnam but it was all wrong.
The answer was “banh trang tron”, right ? To make sure that everything was okay I considered to take her to grab a bite.
During the road to “Pho Thi vendor”, we stopped at “Huynh Hoa bakery” to try out “banh mi”. I told her about hot news like the heresy from Korea and battery soaked coffee, we learned things from each other like history, culture and some words from our mother tongue. I explained why Vietnamese ate dog in the past ? The answer was that we were plundered by Nazi and France colonists so we had to eat what we could .
Then, we came to “Pho Thi vendor” at 98 Bui Thi Xuan, “banh beo” and “banh duc” was our choice. She liked it very much. I told her about the old capital Hue and the relationship of 2 dishes with Hue kingdom.
Finally, we ate “bò bía” and “gỏi khô bò” again. That was too much. We were really full. It was a lovely evening with her.
She wanted to thank me so she invited me to a place near her hotel eating “Cháo ếch Singapore”. It was very nice of her.
I think that was the best memory because nothing was wrong or bad in this tour.