For a foodie like me, what better place to visit than Southeast Asia. That being said, while in Vietnam, in Ho Chi Minh City, I wanted to explore the city through food and through the eyes of a local. That being said, I thought it would be a great idea to do a seafood tour. I love seafood, and I was told that many places in Southeast Asia make exceptional seafood. I had to explore it.
I booked a Seafood tour with Saigon Street Eats. This tour brought you to all the best whole in the wall food places. You get to try sea snails, eaten with a safety pin, mussels, scallops and prawns on a stick. You get to try snacks from wandering vendors, sliced green mangos, boiled quail eggs, and even rice crackers. Let me just say, delicious. Its’s like being stuck in food heaven. You go on the tour on the back of motorbikes.
As you’ll see in the pictures above, when we ate, we ate. And we ate well. I was particular partial to the mussels in lemongrass. It was so magically fragrant. Just the aroma of it all. It was so good, I can still taste it.
And the BBQ fish. That was another one of my favorite dishes and one that I would be quite happy making time and time again. So delicious and full of flavor. I even tried BBQ squid for the first time.
Something else I tried for the first time is balut. To this day, I still can’t believe that I did that. Balut is a developing bird embryo (usually duck) that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It is commonly sold as a street food in the Philippines, but can be found in other parts of Southeast Asia as well. I tried it, and I don’t need to do it again. However, I am proud of myself for expanding my horizon and trying new things. You will see a picture of the balut above. You can still see the fetus in all its form in the above picture.
Nevertheless, if you are looking to try some amazing eats, and want to know the best places to go and you want to go where the locals go, then I encourage you to book a seafood tour with Saigon Street Eats. In addition to the seafood tour, Saigon Street Eats also offers a Pho Trail and a Street Food Tour.