Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh market is probably the most famous market in HCM.

Our hotel was brilliantly located just across the market. Which could only mean one thing for greedy gluttons like us.


Seriously, we headed to Vietnam like people waiting for a buffet. Empty stomachs were essential to begin with.

Ok back to the topic, Ben Thanh. Just like the rest of Vietnam has an old school charm. It is not the cleanest market you will see (I mean a lady selling vegetables had her manicure done next to her produce.) but it is spacious with a lot of variety.  You would find fresh produce, manicure salons, stalls selling clothes, watches and such, food stalls.

Out of them all, we were interested in the fresh produce stalls and the food stalls.

It is important to note that it is a tourist destination. Which means the food sold is not the cheapest but when you convert it back to our currency, it is still really affordable. And they were delicious.

We bought jugs of chilli of the lady selling pho. And found an stall selling the best charcoal grilled pork chops and chicken broken rice. You can find vietnamese drinks like three colors and cheng tng here too.

The stalls here have menus which will describe their dishes. Also, the prices are stated on boards written in front of their stall.

One funny thing that happened was when R was about to tuck into her pork chop rice, a pair of tongs came charging towards her and took a piece of pork back! She was taken aback. Turns out the lady gave more pieces than expected and so she took it back. I guess that's how it's done here.

Condiments for the pho

The gals were ready to shop.

This stall sells amazing pork chop broken rice.

Grilled chicken rice
Pho with added chilli. Yumz!


  1. Archived9:43 AM

    Wow, the food looks glorious! I love that the stalls offer a variety of condiments. I can't live without condiments in my rice or noodles. I've always looked at Vietnam afar with trepidation. Your food posts could make me change my mind....

  2. @Archived - the food was glorious indeed. Granted its not the cleanest town but it's cheap to travel there and there's plenty to see. It's like a step back in time


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