Don’t Dismiss the Street Food Vendor’s “Upsell” in SE Asia

The Upsell: don’t dismiss it hastily.

Having ordered the pork, the vendor’s tout suggested I also go the “seafood” side dish.


It is now one of my favorite travel meals – something a wise travel scribe avoids declaring too often.

Pineapple flavored octopus, with onions, cucumber, in a herb & spice “sweet & sour” sauce.

To this, I add barely more than a whiff of the hot chilli oil.

Just this dish, with the sliced cucumber and steamed rice, would have sufficed – I need not to have ordered the pork belly … so succulent … in a warm honey & spice sauce … but, hey, who’s complaining?

VND55,000 / AUD3.50, street vendor Cholon Chinatown, Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City

Eating In makes a nice change

South-East Asian food is cheap & plentiful.

Sometimes, though, it’s nice to whip up your own, back in your room – especially when on an extended holiday or journey.

An instant noodles bowl can be washed and often reused (reduce #plastic), buy plain egg/rice noodles (minus the salt sachets) and try the variety of sauces, flavourings, vegies, fish, egg etc.

Most hotel/guesthouse rooms have a hot water kettle.

Ăn ngon miệng nhé!