Personally nothing is more thrilling at Bến Thành than the art of "The Barter.” It’s a strategic game of wits of where you pit product desire against pocketbook ability and the house always wins. It's not always easy, in fact it’s never easy. Hot, stagnant air ripe with the smell of fish and squid always seems to hang in the air right over that gift you can't live without. You’re constantly walking that fine line between feeling like you got ripped off or feeling you’re further oppressing the local population. Bến Thành is the stadium packed with hundreds of thousands of pieces of clothing, jewelry, and art- and they’re all yours to play for.
Note: In my opinion the pink, green and white ones were quite good while the yellow ones in the corner of the photo were disgusting ...
Benh Thanh Market, Saigon, Vietnam
You can find it in various restaurants and markets. It should be kept cold as it is dairy after all.
So much food to choose from, so many people. The nonchalant of pulling a plastic chair, sitting around a random table in the middle of the market and sharing the table with strangers.
Bánh mì are ubiquitous in Vietnam and especially in Ho Chi Minh City. Finding a bánh mì stand is not a difficult task. However, finding an outstanding one is.
While strolling through HCMC's Ben Thanh Market, my friends and I noticed multiple old locals munching on what looked to be the same awesome version. After a few miscommunications and a little misunderstanding, we were guided to a lady outside the market on the street, with nothing but a simple cart and serving nothing but bánh mì.
The woman who made the sandwiches spoke no English, and we no Vietnamese, but it didn't matter, she knew what we had come for. Within seconds was whipping us up a bánh mì with the meat, pâté, and everything in between. The sandwich was sweet, salty, sour and spicy, all flavors in balance and absolutely devine. Having devoured ours in a mere minute, we quickly returned for seconds, the lady giving us nothing but a knowing look before heading to work on bánh mì number two. My only regret: not getting bánh mì number three.
At the lively and centrally located Ben Thanh Market, you’ll find everything from flip-flops to pickled vegetables to knockoff designer goods—all piled high at hundreds of stalls. Bargain hard, as you’ll definitely be able to lower the price. Make sure to stop at the food court for delicious regional specialties and bubble teas.
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