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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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
(speaking Vietnamese)
(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.
(speaking Vietnamese)
There it is.
My first Vietnamese durian.
(woman speaking Vietnamese)
Okay. Let's try it out.
(speaking Vietnamese)
Vietnamese durian.
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.
(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)
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)
Oh, and then here's the herbs.
(speaking Vietnamese)
Oh, yeah.
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)
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.
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)
(speaking Vietnamese)
Oh, yeah.
(speaking Vietnamese)
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.
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.
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.
I met up with my friend, Sonny,
who took me to try some of the craziest
street food that you can imagine in Saigon.
You won't believe what you're about to see.
- All right, my friend.
Welcome to the rainy season in Saigon.
- Rainy. It's wet.
I'm loving it.
So, we've got a bunch of food to try today?
- Absolutely.
The theme for today is
looks strange, tastes good.
- Okay.
- So, you've had a ton of food in Vietnam so far.
- Yeah.
- All of it looked really delicious.
- Yep.
- And you're gonna see a couple of unusual things today.
- I'm excited.
- Hopefully some stuff you haven't tried yet.
- Yes.
Let's check it out.
- Check it out.
- We're going for something live?
- Yes. It's gonna be alive until you chew it to death.
- Okay.
- Oh, my god.
That looks disgusting.
- [Sonny] Bro. You can't say that.
This is another person's culture.
- What is this?
- I think a good thing to do while you're staring it down
is to pour your beer
and really contemplate what you're doing with your life.
- Yes.
- Okay. So, this is the point I want to make about this.
You've been all over Vietnam already.
- Yeah. - Of course,
we all know Vietnam has amazing food.
But they also have some unusual food.
- They're squirming.
They're squirming.
- And so, this is the coconut worm.
It's eaten most often while drinking.
- Okay.
- So, it's not super common.
It's not like people are noshing on these
during their lunch break.
But it is something that people eat while they're drinking.
- Man. It's just wriggling.
- And it's very lively.
- It's just wriggling.
- Now, your first challenge here
is to pick on up.
- Okay.
- Yeah, let's see those chopsticks.
- So, these are coconut worms.
Is this in a fish sauce-- - Some fish sauce.
- With chilis. - Yep.
- Oh, man. - So, it's gonna
be nice and spicy, too.
- [Trevor] Oh, wow.
And you just chew on this--
Oh, you can feel it.
- [Sonny] Do you wanna pick it up with your fingers?
- [Trevor] You can feel it wriggling.
I think chopsticks are just good enough.
So, there nothing to it?
You just eat it and-- - I'll show you how.
So there is a technique to it.
- Man, that is not making me hungry.
- Yeah.
This is probably one of those foods,
it doesn't look tasty.
I'll be honest,
the first time, it does not look tasty,
but the taste, it's not bad.
It's really not bad.
- Okay.
- Okay.
- So, are we just gonna do this right now?
- So, I'm gonna show you how it's done.
Here in front,
they actually have a mandible.
- Yeah.
- A pretty strong mouth, there.
- [Trevor] A mandible?
- Technically, it could bite you.
- Oh, my.
- If you put the whole thing in your mouth.
So, what the pros do--
- [Trevor] The pros!
- And I'm gonna put myself in that category.
They choke up on the neck.
Well, it is kinda like one long neck.
They choke up on the neck.
- [Trevor] Yeah.
- You put your teeth here to bite in.
- So you just bite everything but the mandible?
- And then you pull it off with your finger.
- Is there a risk of getting injured, here?
- You're gonna put it in,
clamp your teeth here.
And then, use your fingers-- - And then, just pull.
- To pull it off.
- Oh. - You're not gonna
have enough leverage with just the chopsticks
to pull the head off. - Man, this looks disgusting.
Okay. Let's just do it.
- Okay. Here we go.
- Cheers. - Cheers.
- I got the mandible.
Oh, yeah. - Cheers.
How's it taste? - Cheers.
Oh, its--
it's got a bit of an odor to it.
- Yeah.
- But with the fish sauce and the chili--
- It really drowns out almost everything.
- Yeah.
Yeah, it definitely has a small explosion.
- Yeah.
- [Trevor] But there is a definite slight odor in there.
But it's covered with most of the chili and fish sauce.
- [Sonny] Well, you gotta have another one,
so you can really nail down that flavor profile.
You know what I'm say? - Yeah.
- [Sonny] But, you nailed it. I think.
You actually-
Oh, dude. Look at this.
It's still moving.
- [Trevor] Oh, wow.
It definitely is very spicy.
There is a lip-burning to this.
It's like a salty, lip-burn with a slight stench.
Maybe like an ocean-y stench.
Where are these from?
- These are from the Mekong delta, I believe.
- Oh, so there is a bit of a watery
- Like, earthy. - Earthy stench to that.
- Yeah.
- That's what it is.
And I'm gonna take the last one.
- [Sonny] Oh, I'm jealous.
Enjoy it for both of us.
- Oh.
That's just--
I wouldn't say that's delicious.
- But, it's an experience. - Yep.
- Cheers. - Nice first
intro meal, here.
After those intensely spicy coconut worms,
Sonny brought me to try another extreme snack.
Operated out of the back of a motorbike,
in a back alley.
You don't get anymore local than that.
- We are in luck.
Okay. Here we have the bap xao man.
(speaking Vietnamese)
- What do we have here?
- So, we have all kinds of goodies, here.
Usually this guy rolls around on his cart,
he's got some audio playing
that's explaining the menu to everybody.
- Okay.
- And he's got a few different dishes.
Obviously, the dried squid you can see here.
- Yep.
- He's got a corn dish he makes
from this corn called bap xao.
- Okay.
- But what we want is right inside of here.
- In here?
- And it's called trung cut lon.
- Chung trung cut lon.
This right in here?
- That's where the treasure is hidden.
- Okay. Let's see.
Oh. What is that?
- Okay, so we have a few different kinds of eggs in here,
but what we want
is right inside this one.
- [Trevor] Are these quail eggs?
- These are quail eggs.
But what's special about them is,
you've heard of balut, right?
- [Trevor] Yes.
- Well, this is essentially the balut of quail eggs.
- Okay.
So, like an unhatched
quail egg? - Right.
A developed, fertilized quail egg.
- Oh, man.
- And so, you can grab one.
- Oh, it's hot.
- It's hot.
They keep it super hot in here.
It's steaming. - Okay.
- And you can just kinda unwrap it like a Tootsie Roll.
And what's inside is even sweeter.
- [Trevor] Oh, man.
You're just bringing me to all the pumpin' stuff, here.
Oh, it's got juice bursting out of it.
- Now, you are technically supposed to--
We'll have to try a couple of these.
You're suppose to sip the soup
as you open it. - Oh, I did it wrong.
Oh, man. That just looks nasty.
Look at that.
- [Sonny] But you've never had balut before?
- [Trevor] No, I actually haven't.
- [Sonny] Or any kind of developed egg.
- [Trevor] Oh, wow.
That is definitely not pretty.
- Like I said,
looks unusual, tastes good.
But we wouldn't eat these just plain like this.
We would eat them with some--
He's got this small tray, here.
He's gonna put salt, pepper,
some chili--
- [Trevor] And this is on the back of a motorbike.
- [Sonny] And kumquat juice.
- [Trevor] Okay.
Salt, pepper, chili, and kumquat.
And that'll give this quail egg balut
some flavor. - Some nice flavors.
- Man.
- There we go.
(speaking Vietnamese)
We can't just eat it plain.
- Okay.
- Okay. Then, he also gives you these herbs.
These are laksa leaves, I believe.
- Okay.
- [Sonny] Can we put it here?
- [Trevor] Okay, so we're just gonna
dip this into the salt, pepper, chili, and kumquat.
- Yep. - Let's do it.
And then chase it with some herbs.
- [Sonny] Exactly.
- [Trevor] Okay.
Oh, man.
What are you bringing me to today?
- Cheers.
It's really good, right?
- Oh, yeah.
Oh, wow. That is actually really flavorful.
And hit it with some herbs.
Those quail balut are actually really flavorful.
- Yeah.
- They're like super flavored eggs.
- And it has a nice texture.
- A nice texture,
a bit of a chewiness.
- So, it's like you're taking a spoon full of soup,
like a really savory soup.
- I could go for another.
After those incredibly surprisingly delicious quail eggs,
Sonny brought me to try the final meal of the night,
another local specialty that you'll miss
after you leave Saigon.
This is one of the most delicious things you can eat here,
snails and seafood.
(speaking Vietnamese)
- Wow. - The last item
- It is all here.
Wow. This is a feast, man.
- This looks awesome.
- Wow.
- So, we've got our crab, here.
- [Trevor] Crab with chili.
- [Sonny] Yep.
- [Trevor] Awesome.
- [Sonny] Scallops with peanuts.
- [Trevor] Nice.
- [Sonny] Here, we have the snails in tamarind sauce.
- [Trevor] Oh, wow. This is just abundant.
What is this?
- [Sonny] These are squid teeth.
- Squid teeth? - Yep.
I'm gonna show you those in a second.
- [Trevor] Okay.
- [Sonny] Here, we have some giant snails.
That's the scientific name.
Giant snails. - Okay.
Oh, man.
- [Sonny] These are--
This is so Vietnamese-style.
Giant oysters with some processed cheese on top.
- [Trevor] Nice!
- [Sonny] And then, lastly,
here we have the sucking snails in coconut milk.
- Oh, yeah.
With chili and herb on top.
Man, this is abundant.
And then, I noticed they gave us some herbs
with salt and pepper, chili, and lime.
- Yep.
So, you can dip anything here.
- And then, some baguette.
- And some baguette.
- And what do we do with the baguette?
Look at this.
Oh, wow.
- Anything here that looks syrup-y that you wanna sop up,
you can sop up. - You just dip it in.
- But we'll mainly use it for the squid teeth, here.
- Okay. Let's go right in for those squid teeth.
- Okay.
- Squid teeth. - Cheers.
- Oh, wow.
- It's really good, right?
- Quite soft and chewy.
And sweet.
And garlicky.
- Really sweet sauce.
And so, what you do--
- Oh, that is delicious.
Oh, yeah. This is magic.
- [Sonny] You can scoop up some of those squid teeth
and you wanna get that oil all over that.
- [Trevor] Man, that is delicious.
- [Sonny] And that is how it's done.
- [Trevor] That sauce is unbelievably sweet,
slightly spicy,
and those squid teeth are soft and chewy.
- Yep.
- I really wanna try--
- Try these?
- These sucking snails. - Yep.
- And coconut, right?
- [Sonny] Sucking snails in coconut milk.
- [Trevor] Oh, yeah. With herbs on top.
- [Sonny] You want it to be
just super saturated in the coconut milk.
- [Trevor] And you said these were laksa leaves?
- [Sonny] Yep.
And all you do is
you scoop up the whole thing
and you wash it off in your mouth.
- Okay.
Oh, yeah.
Slightly sweet. - And then, you suck it out.
Super sweet. - And coconut-y.
- Sweet, salty, delicious coconut milk flavor.
- That coconut is so creamy and sweet.
This was one of the best meals we ate in Vietnam.
So many different flavors
all on one table
and to share it with Sonny was such a blast.
If you wanna try any of these,
the addresses are in the description below.
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for these deep street food tours.
Thanks a lot for bringing me
to those deep street joints, man.
- My pleasure, bro.
- That was a crazy night.
Those worms!
Sonny's got a really cool YouTube channel.
You can check it out.
The best ever food review show.
I'm gonna put a link in the description
or you can just click right here.
Thanks a lot, buddy.
- Cheers.
- That was a lot of fun.
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