The Seafood Trail – a night eating adventure
Discover one of Ho Chi Minh City’s “snail streets”. Here we’ll try a range of “snails” … but don’t worry, they’re not really snails. Oc is the Vietnamese word that’s shorthand for all crustaceans. So you will be able to sample a variety of seafood, including sea snails that are eaten with a safety pin, mussels, scallops and tasty prawns-on-a-stick. (Because food ALWAYS tastes better on a stick.)
We’ll buy some snacks from wandering vendors. Depending on who walks past, the snacks could include sliced green mango, boiled quail eggs, rice crackers and cobs of corn, as well as more exotic offerings.
On this tour, you will be required to participate in the noisy Vietnamese toasting ritual (even if you’re only drinking soft drink) of mot-hai-ba-YO! If you are shy, we’ll only make you do it once.
In most cases, we’ll visit two places in snail street. However, if you can’t be bothered moving, or are just having too much fun at the first place, we can just stay put.
From snail street, we’ll take a short walk to another venue to finish our meal the traditional Vietnamese way – with a hotpot.
We’ll order a seafood hotpot, which comes with vegetables, so you get a balanced meal. Like a lot of Vietnamese dishes, a hotpot is interactive food, and you will need to help us cook. Vietnamese hotpot meals usually include a lot of discussion about how to cook the hot pot ingredients. So feel free to act like a local and air your opinion!
This is a tour for the adventurous. We will pick you up on xe om (motorbike taxis), order a range of unusual dishes and drop you back to your accommodation on xe oms. (We do have a scardey-cat option, though, for people who don’t want to get on the back of a motorbike.)
If you don’t like seafood, you won’t starve on this tour. Just let us know in advance and we’ll make sure we go to places that have some other options.
(4 hours, starting around 6.30pm, $65/VND1.46 million per person, maximum 8 people, small surcharge for pickups outside Districts 1 and 3.)