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.
Durians! the King of Fruit
Chuom Chuom aka Rambutan
Rice prices in Vietnam
Frogs for sale
Snails for sale
Crabs for sale
Bun Tam Bi – Rice vermicelli noodles with Shredded pork and coconut sauce
Chao long – rice porridge (congee) made with pig blood, intestine, and other offals.
The river by Sa Dec
next time on Vietnam adventures…SAIGON!