In July 2014, John and I went to Saigon for a few days. One of the highlights of our time there was the Seafood Trail Night Tour with Saigon Street Eats.
The tour started at our hotel where we were picked up on motorbike taxis and driven to meet our guide and the rest of our group.
Our night of eating adventure took place on one of Saigon’s “snail streets”.
Vu, our guide, explained that we would be trying a wide range of “snails” but that we’d be eating more than just snails.
Oc (snails) is just the Vietnamese word that is shorthand for all crustaceans.
Vu ordered a round of local beers and several different dishes for us to try.
I even got to see what the inside of a balut egg looks like.
Balut eggs are fertilized eggs that contain partially developed duck embryos.
And I won’t.
We crossed the street and headed towards another vendor on Snail Street.
Vu ordered another round of local beers:
And several more flavorful dishes for the table.
Vu was very informative and explained what each dish was, how it was prepared, and the proper way to eat it.
Our small group of foodies were not afraid to eat, that’s for sure!
With full bellies, we walked to the last restaurant on the tour.
Of course we ordered a few more beers:
Check out the size of this oyster!
That oyster was the main character in the last part of our tour:
The food challenge is simply oysters soaked in wasabi.
A lot of wasabi.
I think my friend’s face explains it best.
We had so much fun that night!
If your travels take you to Saigon, be sure to book a tour with Saigon Street Eats.
It’s the best way to discover Saigon’s local street culture and make new friends all at the same time.
Thank you, Vu and Friends!
For more information on the Seafood Trail Night Tour, click HERE.
We also went on The Sights Tour with XO Tours Vietnam. You can read all about that HERE.