Vietnam – Summer 2011 – Street Scenes from Sa Dec, Vietnam

Vietnam – Summer 2011 – Street Scenes from Sa Dec, Vietnam

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Sa Dec is a city in the province of Dong Thap, about 2 and a half hours away from Saigon. It’s my dad’s hometown and I still have quite a few family members left here.

Next to the Cho Sa Dec market, one street over, is the river market. There lies the fresh fish, fruit and vegetables market area where there are dozens of vendors under giant umbrellas by the river “hawking” their goods. It’s a beautiful sight in the morning with all the villagers walking around picking out the freshest fruit and vegetables for the day’s meals. I saw live fish, crabs, snails, and even frogs at these vendors. Snails are sold almost everywhere in Vietnam and I think it may be due to its French colonial past. My auntie would love to go from stall to stall and haggle for the best prices for durian, mangoes, and chuom chuom (rambutan) fruit. This is pretty much the same way of life the people of Vietnam have lived for hundreds of years: buying and selling fresh and local fruit, vegetable, and meats in open air markets. Every day is a farmer’s market in Vietnam.

After travelling to the market, my auntie would wrap some bi cuon, summer rolls made with rice paper, vermicelli noodles, and pork strips that you would eat with a fish sauce dip.





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Haggling for some good prices for durian in the markets

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Durians! the King of Fruit

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Chuom Chuom aka Rambutan

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Rice prices in Vietnam

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Fish Market

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Frogs for sale

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Snails for sale

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Crabs for sale

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Fresh Meat Market
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Bi Cuon

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Bi Cuon
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Bun Tam Bi – Rice vermicelli noodles with Shredded pork and coconut sauce

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Chao long – rice porridge (congee) made with pig blood, intestine, and other offals.

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The river by Sa Dec


next time on Vietnam adventures…SAIGON!

Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

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