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  • - Coming up for all you food rangers out there,

  • we're going deep into the street food scene of Saigon.

  • This Vietnamese street food video

  • is packed with delicacies you're gonna love,

  • and some you might not,

  • but you're definitely gonna want to see them,

  • like coconut worms, quill egg balut, and more.

  • Let's go.

  • Alright, so check it out.

  • It's Trevor James, I just got into Saigon, Vietnam.

  • I'm so pumped because today we're going

  • for a full-on street food tour.

  • Let's check it out.

  • (upbeat music)

  • This is it.

  • Saigon.

  • The home of southern Vietnamese street food delicacies.

  • As you travel from Hanoi down south to Saigon overland,

  • you can find different street foods in each city,

  • and we came to search for the best street food in Vietnam.

  • So, our final stop was in Saigon.

  • Sometimes, you just gotta hit the street,

  • and eat at the random hole-in-the-walls

  • to get a true feel for the local street food scene,

  • and that's exactly what we did.

  • So, make sure to watch all the way until the end,

  • because we found a ton of unique

  • southern Vietnamese street food delicacies

  • that you're not gonna wanna miss.

  • Let's eat.

  • Alright, so we just got in to Saigon

  • and the streets are packed.

  • There's so much food around and I'm hungry.

  • Bright and early.

  • We're gonna go see what we can find.

  • First up, we found a huge bustling alleyway morning market

  • offering everything you can imagine.

  • Here, we were searching for something delicious,

  • and after a quick walk,

  • found some back alley pho that blew our minds.

  • It is so busy in here.

  • This is the morning rush.

  • You can see everyone is going to work.

  • All these motorbikes.

  • It's like a sea of motorbikes.

  • Wow.

  • Look at this.

  • It's all here.

  • Now, this is usually where you find the good stuff.

  • All the action.

  • Whoa, look at those squid.

  • Oh, yeah.

  • Cleaning the fish.

  • This lady's got a nice of bowl of soup with her chicken.

  • Wow.

  • It is busy.

  • Let's go see if we can get anything to eat.

  • So, we're gonna go even deeper into an alleyway,

  • see what we can get back in the deep tunnels of Saigon.

  • Wow, here we go guys.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Pho?

  • - Pho.

  • - Pho.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • - This is where you find the soul of street food,

  • deep in the alleyways.

  • And this is where you can find the real flavors

  • of the countries you visit.

  • And here, deep in the Saigon streets,

  • you can taste your first bowl of pho

  • and be blown away with the flavor.

  • The broth.

  • (Speaking Vietnamese)

  • Ooh, I think that's a little oyster sauce,

  • some chili.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Wow, look at this.

  • Deep in the back alleys of Saigon

  • we just found a random pho joint.

  • Oh yeah, she put in some hoisin,

  • a little chili,

  • lots of vermicelli rice noodles.

  • Oh, some pretty rare beef.

  • Oh, wow!

  • Look at that.

  • That is gonna start the day off right.

  • Wow.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Whoa.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • That is just worth the trip here.

  • That broth is quite peppery

  • and really, really rich,

  • complex and nutritious.

  • Oh, that beef flavor.

  • Oh, pho.

  • Oh, that is real street pho, here.

  • This is what it's all about,

  • going deep into the street scene.

  • And after that incredibly flavorsome pho,

  • we continued back to the market

  • to see what else we can find

  • and couldn't help but stop for a durian,

  • the incredibly pungent and stinky fruit

  • that's banned from many places in Asia

  • for it's distinct stench.

  • Oh, look at these.

  • (laughing)

  • Oh.

  • Wow.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • There it is.

  • My first Vietnamese durian.

  • (woman speaking Vietnamese)

  • Okay. Let's try it out.

  • Okay.

  • Wow.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Okay.

  • Vietnamese durian.

  • Wow.

  • Oh, yeah.

  • Oh, yeah. Look at that.

  • Oh, that is a tender one.

  • That is soft.

  • I prefer soft durian,

  • so let's try it out.

  • Oh.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Oh, that is actually really good.

  • It is so soft,

  • creamy, custard-y,

  • and sweet.

  • So sweet.

  • I love it when it's this soft mushiness.

  • That is the best.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Bye.

  • Amazing.

  • After that potent, custard-y durian,

  • we continued exploring the market

  • and found another classic dish.

  • The bun rieu.

  • A super smooth tomato and crab broth

  • rice noodle soup that's absolutely to die for.

  • It's found over the street corners of Saigon

  • and you'll love it on your first sip.

  • She's just making one after the other of bun rieu.

  • There's the vermicelli.

  • There it is.

  • I think that's like a crab cake

  • or a pork cake with some herbs in it,

  • wrapped around a banana leaf.

  • And then, tofu puffs,

  • tomatoes, blood cubes,

  • and I think that broth is a pork broth.

  • Or sorry. I think that broth is a crab broth

  • with a little bit of ground pork

  • and freshwater crab.

  • Oh, blood cubes.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Nice.

  • Wow.

  • Oh, and then here's the herbs.

  • Nice.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Oh, yeah.

  • This--

  • I've been looking forward to trying this for so long.

  • We have the bun rieu.

  • Oh, wow.

  • This is a classic dish.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Fish sauce?

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Okay.

  • Oh, that's like a fermented fish sauce.

  • Oh, just a little.

  • You gotta be careful with that.

  • And then, I'm gonna add some basil, mint,

  • I think there's banana blossom, bean sprouts.

  • Oh, wow.

  • And this is like a freshwater crab base broth.

  • Mix it up.

  • Oh, you can just smell the crab.

  • That crab broth is just infiltrating the nostrils.

  • Mmm.

  • That broth.

  • It's like a light crab broth

  • with a bit of tomato-infused flavor in there.

  • It's good.

  • - Really?

  • - Yeah. I like that.

  • Really nice. - Yes.

  • - Oh, the crab flavor is good.

  • Vietnam has blown my mind.

  • Dish after dish of pure joy.

  • This is what it's about.

  • After that delicious street food stall,

  • we made our way for another street food lunch.

  • Only one meal later,

  • we'll be meeting up with our friend, Sonny,

  • who took us to eat some of Saigon's craziest street snacks.

  • But first, we dine on the street

  • enjoying a classic Saigon dish,

  • the Com Tam broken rice specialty,

  • where broken rice grains are served alongside lemongrass

  • and garlic marinated pork and chicken.

  • You'll fall in love.

  • It's just dish after dish of joy here in Saigon.

  • And when there's smoke,

  • you know it's gonna be good.

  • Let's go see what we've got up here.

  • I think this is Com Tam,

  • south Vietnamese broken rice specialty.

  • Oh, yeah. Let's go try it out.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Com Tam.

  • - Com Tam?

  • - Com Tam.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Wow. Look at this.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Oh, yeah. Look at all this chicken on the grill.

  • Oh, wow.

  • Con Tam.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Wow.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Oh, yeah.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Okay.

  • Awesome.

  • Con Tam on the street in Saigon.

  • So, this is the broken rice.

  • We just stumbled on this one in the back streets, here.

  • I'm not sure if this is gonna be excellent or average,

  • but this is the broken rice.

  • The rice, actually, is like split in half.

  • It comes with this grilled chicken and pork

  • and some green onions,

  • a fried egg,

  • some pickled carrot,

  • radish, and cucumber.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Pour some nuoc cham.

  • (speaking Vietnamese)

  • Okay. Just a little.

  • Let's try it out.

  • Mmm.

  • The nuoc cham is quite sweet.

  • Oh, and you can see what they marinated in here.

  • It's like a really--

  • It's like a slightly sweet and garlicky marinade.

  • Mmm.

  • This pork is a little dry,

  • I gotta be honest,

  • but that flavor!

  • Oh, look at this with the egg.

  • That is a filling Saigon specialty.

  • Now, we're getting into the serious business.

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