One of the tourist spot in Ho Chi Minh City is Ben Thanh Market. One side of it is a wet market. Coming from Asia myself, we didn't feel like we should check it out. I was more interested in the shopping experience and the food sold there.
The wonderful thing about Ben Thanh was you can take whole day here and go through each tiny aisles. When you're tired just go the 'food court' area where vendors sell different kind of drinks, dessert, noodle soup and snacks. Don't worry about language barrier, most of them understand English. Most of the stalls have menu in English and price listed.
We tried banh tam bi which was rice noodle with coconut milk and shredded pork. It sounded quite interesting and different. I have been looking to try something other than pho and this fell into that category. Hubby was a bit skeptical about it, but after it got mixed well, he actually loved it. It's a bit combination of sweet and savory from pork and coconut milk. Just make sure that you mix it well or else it feels like eating dessert.
Total 1 young coconut and 1 dessert drink (jelly mixture with coconut milk) 22000 dong (USD1.2). Total 1 banh tam bi and 1 order of spring roll (3 rolls) 40000 dong (USD 2.25). Very affordable.
Banh tam bi served at :
Ben Thanh Market, Stall 1028