The most favorite street food in Saigon (part 3)

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3. Vinh Khanh Street

Formerly one of the favorite haunts of the notorious Vietnamese gangster Năm Cam, who was executed in 2004, Vĩnh Khánh Street now is among the most famous places for street food in Saigon, particularly for seafood.

Every night, there are a lot of teenagers and young adults thronging the sidewalks sporting trendy hairdos and the latest fashions from South Korea. The atmosphere is full of excitement: hundreds of groups of friends hunker down at tiny plastic tables, splitting shells, clinking beer glasses, cracking crab legs, and having a really good time together. Despite the thundering cacophony of traffic, laughter, and orders being shouted, some teenagers even pull up on the curbside with big amplifiers strapped to the backs of their motorbikes or proceed to blast out karaoke for all street food customers. There are also fire eaters and street dancers. The food scene here is vibrant. It is choatic, oppressive, busy, loud, unrelenting, and a glorious celebration of food, youth, and fun.

There you should head to Ốc Oanh (number 534 Vĩnh Khánh Street) to enjoy its famous seafood and shellfish. This is the most famous restaurant with all seafood joints on Vĩnh Khánh Street. In Vietnam, commonly, fame often leads to a decline in quality, but this is not the case at Ốc Oanh where the seafood is fresh and delicious, the portions are big, and the service is brisk and efficient. Try the sò điệp nướng mỡ hành (grilled scallops with spring onions and peanuts) and the ốc hương rang muối ớt (fried sea snails with salt and chilli). Although prices are a little higher there than elsewhere, it is worth trying it.

Another famous restaurant is Quán BBQ Lúa (33 Vĩnh Khánh Street), near the intersection with Hoàng Diệu Street. It is most famous for grill-it-yourself barbecued meat. The sườn heo ngũ vị (pork ribs in five spice marinade) is also delicious and worthy trying.