ALLEY FOOD – WHAT IS IT?
Yes, it’s not street food that you’re thinking about, it’s alley food. Unlike other countries with their famous street which is filled up with a lot of food stalls, Vietnam has not a such. Actually, there are some called foodie streets, there are many food stalls with mouth-watering food to offer you, but in deed, they are not the best places to try Vietnamese food.
If you live in Vietnam long enough, you will know about a lot of hidden charms of Vietnamese food, one of them, which is very familiar with Vietnamese locals, are the alleys. Yeah I’m not lying to you, they are real gold. You can find everything to eat in Vietnam’s alleys. From breakfasts, lunch, snacks to desserts, and because they are not on the streets, their food must be insanely super duper delicious to get people come back. The more customers the stalls serve, the more famous they are, and yeah, if you know some places like these, you’re holding the “local trophy”.
There are no specific explainaition about why people in Vietnam prefer selling food in the alley, and when did it start. The most reasonable idea came from some old people that I asked. They said that back then when the husbands in the alleys went out to work for the family’s living, the wives had nothing to do at home except cleaning, doing laundry and cooking – what they do best (I’m talking about a long time ago, when women were not having a high social position and there are not much job suitable for them). In order to make more money to support their husband while staying at home, they cooked food and sell it to the neighborhood, word of mouth came and some places became famous, but the main purpose is still serving people in the alley.
If you are interested in alley food, here are some recommendation on where you should go:
The 20 Yards Alley – Ward 9, District 4 http://bit.ly/2DU3z5v
This 20-yard alley is so famous people gave it this name, you can get here from Hoang Dieu street on District 4. It’s the paradise of food: sead foods, main courses like “bun mam”, “bot chien – fried dough”, and deserts like flan cake.
The Alley 123 – 125 Chau Van Liem https://goo.gl/maps/A4weR1t7Zg4zhUWPA
This Alley is inside the area of Chinese community, so, you will have a chance to try Chinese food here. Remember, prepare your belly well for it!
Alley No.76 Hai Ba Trung https://goo.gl/maps/keViFVeEJunPdj74A
A.k.a “Food Paradise” for office workers and student, this alley assembles dozens of food choices from snack to main course. Please remember that this paradise will open from 3:00 pm until 6:00pm, after that, there is no food left for you
Alley No.77 Ly Tu Trong https://goo.gl/maps/J4zHZBfQBfNP6of18
When you get here, it’s truly hard for you to make decision because the food stalls are close to each other along the way, and the price is so cheap that you cannot be able to deny. To note, the King in this Alley is the dim sum, and the queen is ‘pha lau’, remember that. And if you go to this alley on motorbike, the parking is on the alley in the opposite.
Alley No.200 Xom Chieu https://goo.gl/maps/9uChnQmaaeiEGeyR7
Alley No. 200, a.k.a 200 marketplace on Xom Chieu street, District 4 is called by the name “snack” market with a lot of tasty food, price range from 10.000/dish only. Although it is the hardest place to find but the food lovers cannot resist to come back here to try more and more foods. It is opened until 2:00 am or 3:00 am.
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