Perhaps we should find a more endearing nickname for this snack than ‘crazy bag salad’, because bánh tráng trộn was frankly one of the most unique and interesting meals we had in Saigon.
We headed to Turtle Lake in the evening to sample this fairly recent street food creation. The area was clearly popular with the city’s younger generations, as was this particular dish, and we loved the relaxed vibe of the area at night.
The basis of bánh tráng trộn is shredded rice paper, which gives the unusual but delicious impression of eating a deconstructed spring roll. Amongst the endless other ingredients are quails eggs, squid, dried fish, papaya, shallots, peanuts (and breath), fresh Vietnamese herbs, chilies, fish sauce and probably a dozen more elements. These are shaken together in the bag before being tied up and served, very convenient if you’re hopping on the back of a scooter!
IN SHORT – A deliciously creative snack, a prime example of why Vietnamese food is so diverse and interesting.
Price: 20,000 Dong / £1.4 / 1.7€ / $1.9
Taste: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Location: Turtle Lake – look for the lady below!
Opening times: Most evenings after 6pm until late