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Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture

It’s been 40 years but the memories of street vendors or noodle stalls are still in Saigon people’s heart.

Saigon has been known as “Far East’s pearl” with the interference of Western and Asian culture and become a unique one in Saigon. Back in time in 1975, looking at cuisine culture, we can see an interesting part of ancient Saigon.

Rice noodle

Rice noodle is originated in China. Since 1778, rice noodle started to appear in Saigon and has become a crucial dish in Saigon people’s life.

There were a lot of stalls like this in the old time
There were a lot of stalls like this in the old time

Rice noodle is cooked sophisticatedly with the sweet of broth, the taste of ingredients combine with each other. That is why there are many versions of rice noodle in Saigon. Each kind of rice noodle is delicious in its own way.

Nowadays, rice noodle appears in restaurants but there are some familiar small stalls on the street.

You could meet a rice noodle stall at anywhere
You could meet a rice noodle stall at anywhere

Many people still keep the tradition of their families by using 40-year-old cart.

Rice noodle stall nowadays
Rice noodle stall nowadays

Rice noodle is a popular dish in Saigon. Before 1975, rice noodle stalls on the street were the memory of the people.

Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture


Tau Bay noodle

This is one the oldest dishes in Saigon. It is not just a dish but also the cuisine culture.

Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture

Appeared in Saigon in 1954, Tau Bay noodle has Northern taste and became the favorite dish of the people.

Tau Bay noodle in the old days were special because it had plenty of meat, noodle and no vegetable. Gourmets would underestimate Tau Bay noodle if it had any vegetable.

Tau Bay noodle is still the favorite dish of the people nowadays. The first thing Saigon people do when come back to their hometown after going somewhere far is having a big bowl of Tau Bay noodle.

Sugarcane stall

Saigon is a “tropical heaven” with sunshine all the time and tropical fruits.

Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture

In the old time, sugarcane stalls were the dating place of everyone. Simple as it is, sugarcane stall has been a part of Saigon people’s childhood memories. Till now, these stalls are not out-of-fashion at all.

Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture
Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture

Nowadays, fruit stalls are more diverse with guava, mango or tamarind.

Grilled squid

Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture
Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture

Grilled squid stalls often appeared at stations or harbors. Grilled squid usually went with duck stomach and they would become perfect two with Tiger Beer.

Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture

Street vendors

On the street, there were all kinds of food. This is a culture that nowhere else can have.

A soup street vendor in 1971
A soup street vendor in 1971
Explore Saigon in the old days through cuisine culture
Juice street vendor
Juice street vendor
A vermicelli street vendor
A vermicelli street vendor
Rolled food was very attractive with children
Rolled food was very attractive with children
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