Hẻm Gems
We’ve done a lot of eating. On sidewalks, down dingy alleys and in faded one-room shops, in the early hours, amid the crush of the midday meal, through dinnertime and during late, hazy, post-nhậu nights. Over shared meals and single portions, we’ve snapped pictures, talked, laughed, eaten and generally got to know our fair share of street vendors. What has rung true in every meal and every story is this: Saigon is the culinary conglomerate of Vietnam. We can argue all day about which region has the best dishes or whose local specialties are most beloved, but the southern hub is where all of the country’s culinary creations come together. Here, in no particular order, is a list of our favourites.