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World's Most Delicious Street Food

Ho Chi Minh City

Risk Factor: medium

The Scene: Though streetside eating is a way of life here, enforcement is rather lax and outbreaks of food poisoning occur from time to time. Be extra vigilant: choose popular, crowded stalls with high turnover.

Where to Go: Ben Thanh Market, in the central District 1, or less touristy Binh Tay Market, in Chinatown.

What to Order: Pho (beef-and–rice noodle soup); bánh mì (pâté-and-meat sandwiches); bánh bao (meat-stuffed buns); bun thit nuong (grilled pork with rice vermicelli); bo la lot (grilled beef in betel leaves).

What to Avoid: Nem chua, or fermented, pickled pork sausage, often served raw. Also be wary of foods made with ice.

Guide: Back of the Bike Tours arranges street-food tours by scooter.

T+L Pick: Head to Nguyen Thi Thanh, a.k.a. the Lunch Lady (near 23 Hoang Sa St., District 1), for hu tieu, noodles with sliced pork, prawns, and quail eggs.


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