When the urge for fried deliciousness strikes in Saigon, Bot Chien has you covered (fear not French readers – no dogs in site…)
It took a little while to find the dish in the maze of alleyways at Chợ Bàn Cờ market, where we very nearly gatecrashed a wedding reception in our enthusiastic food hunt, whoops! Eventually though, we saw the right street kitchen and pulled up a plastic stool.
The foundation of Bot Chien is crispy fried rice cakes that are made from tapioca starch and rice flour. These little bites are cooked until golden, when an egg is cracked over them in the giant skillet, followed with a liberal handful of spring onions. Our dish was served with greens, shredded papaya, chilies and a delicious tangy dipping sauce.
IN SHORT – Bot Chien makes for a filling, slightly naughty snack at anytime of the day (in our case, 2nd breakfast!)
Price: 25,000 Dong / £1.4 / 1.7€ / $1.9
Taste: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Location: Chợ Bàn Cờ market
Opening times: Unknown, we went around 11am