Vietnam – Summer 2011 – Street food in Sa déc, Vietnam

Vietnam – Summer 2011 – Street food in Sa déc, Vietnam

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River in Sa déc, Vietnam – This is the river my father swam in as a child during the hot summer months. My grandfather would always give him a good smacking when he got back from swimming though. Back then, it was a pretty fast moving and dangerous river.

Sa déc is a provincial city in Dong Thap province in southern Vietnam about 2-3 hours away from Saigon (Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh nowadays). My father’s family is from this area, having lived here since his father immigrated from China in the 1920s. They still have a house on the main street in Sa ?éc even though most of our family has moved over to the United States. We still have a few aunts and uncles in the area though, and we stayed with one of my aunts Cuc Cua at her home during our stay. Even though she would home cook meals for us all day ( I literally just ate and slept in Sa Dec), in the morning before everyone in the house awoke, my mom and I would venture out of the house into Sa Dec to explore the markets and get some breakfast and coffee.

At the heart of each town, there is a “Cho” or market. Cho Sa ?éc is a huge building built over 20 years ago housing different clothing, shoes, jewelry and electronics shops. It reminded me of a large flea market similar to Magic Mall found in Orlando. Beside the Cho Sa ?éc is a open air street food market with many different food vendors that sell everything from pho, hu tieu, rice dishes, coffee, rice paste noodles, and even vegetarian dishes. My mom and I would frequent this place often in the mornings, ordering bun thit nuong (rice vermicelli noodles with grilled pork) and banh cuon (rice paste with pork roll) and Vietnamese coffee. There is also a Cho Thuc Pham that is basically a meat market with cuts of meat hanging out at their stalls.

I enjoyed eating at these small food stalls as you can tell everything is home made and fresh. They get their products from the local market and make it fresh each morning.

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Cho Sa Dec – Sa Dec’s market. Every city has one!
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Old woman walking along the street in Sa Dec

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Food market stalls

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Pots and pans from this street food vendor

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Large pots of soup for pho and hu tieu

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Hanging out with mom at the street food market

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Bun Thit Nuong – Rice Vermicelli Noodles with grilled pork, topped with mint, fried shallots, green onions. about 15000VND or 75 cents US

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Caphe sua da – Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk

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Caphe sua da – Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk

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Hu Tieu Chay  – Vegetarian noodle soup made with tofu and bean curd skin

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Banh Cuon with Cha lua – rice paste noodles with pork rolls




Here is a video about Sa Dec from youtube!

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