Vietnam: Local Seafood Restaurant

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For the CebuanaViajero pair, it is a must for us to be able to experience to eat with locals and learn about their culture, especially now that we are in another country.

Thus, we had our fair adventure by going to District 8 of Ho Chi Minh City. A Vietnamese friend offered to show the way.

The encircled one is the airport area, while the highlighted one is the whole District 8.
The place we went to is located in a really secluded area where no one would think about going there except the locals who have been there.

The location is near Cac Loai Xe at Duong Ba Trac Phuong 1 Quan 8. 


If directly from the airport it will take half an hour to get there either by car or motorcycle. It is better to get off at Cac Loai Xe street and walk down to find different restaurants of your liking since there are a lot of choices.

You can find restaurants like this all around the street.

So, we got into a restaurant, sat down on an empty table and waited for their staff to come to us.
The staff put sauces and utensils on the table.
Calamansi, chilli, salt, and black pepper. Fish sauce, sugar, water, and chilli.

Teaspoons and two pronged fork as our spoon and fork.
Then another staff immediately arrived in less than a minute and brought along a plate with a variety of seafood. First, you will choose the seafood you want to eat and then how it will be cooked. There is no paper menu, they have the physical menu.

And in just five minutes, our orders started to arrive. It was surprising how fast their service was. So much better than going to an expensive restaurant.
Seafood soup with lemon grass and tamarind sauce.
Our table full of the first few orders.
They look the same, but the shellfish used in each dish are different.




Spicy fried crab legs.


I don't know what kind of shellfish is this since it is very wide, but as you can see, it has 3 quail eggs topped with spring onions, peanut, and some chilli.


Grilled scallops with cheese on top.


The oyster that caught my eye. They are so big. Grilled oysters with the same cheese as the scallops.


Instant noodles, with a snail like looking shellfish meat, water spinach stalks, and coriander.

And of course we had our drinks. By the way, the way the restaurants put prices depends on the color of the plate. If you noticed there are white and green plates. 

The white plated dishes cost 30,000 vnd while the green plated dishes cost 20,000 vnd.

For just 360,000 vnd  or 16 USD in total, we got served with 8 green plated dishes, and 7 white plated dishes. The serving is good for one to four people.
That was without rice and it was still so good and made us really full.

We will go back and eat at the same restaurant again, hoping we will find the same way.

P.s: All the photos were taken by a cellphone camera

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