Saigon’s Best Breakfasts

A three-part series looking at some of the best early-morning eats in Ho Chi Minh City. Words and photos by Simon Stanley. Whether it’s our favourite brand of cereal eaten over the day’s news headlines, a buttery slice of toast hurriedly munched on the way to the station, or a full-blown multi-course feast, breakfast is…

Q&A – Mark Wiens

Simon Stanley talks to the Bangkok-based food and travel blogger about his love of chilli peppers, durian, and Southeast Asia’s street food. Photo by Mark Wiens. You were born in the United States and have lived in France, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kenya. So it’s fair to say travelling is in your blood?…

The Sandwich That Ate the World

On the hunt through Saigon, in search of the past, present and future of the banh mi. By Simon Stanley. Photos by Vinh Dao.   “Chili!” says the elderly Vietnamese lady, ushering me closer. She seems eager to help and apparently already knows what I want. Taking one of the pre-made sandwiches from the counter,…

Sushi Ko – Street Snacker

With sushi stalls popping up all over town, Simon Stanley heads to Saigon’s seafood hub in search of the original kerbside Japanese experience. Photos by Glen Riley. “Irasshaimase!” comes the welcoming call of the staff at District 4’s Sushi Ko as we arrive. Tucked among Vinh Khanh Street’s endless strip of pavement-based seafood joints, it’s an easy one…

Bun Cha Ca Danang – Street Snacker

Simon Stanley ditches the pork and swaps his beloved bun cha Ha Noi for Danang’s signature dish — bun cha ca. Photos by Kyle Phanroy. Quy Nhon prefers it spicy, Nha Trang likes it sweet, Hai Phong takes it with dill… the varieties are endless. Like its midpoint location along Vietnam’s 3,300km of coastline, Danang’s version of…

Bo La Lot – Street Snacker

Simon Stanley has a new street food fixation. Photos by Kyle Phanroy. The rising cost of cattle coupled with slowly diminishing grasslands have placed pork, chicken and seafood at the centre of modern Vietnamese cuisine. According to a recent news report by Thanh Nien, beef accounts for just 6 percent of the meat consumed here…