Vinh Khanh - local seafood strip Saigon - review by Rusty Compass
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Vinh Khanh - local seafood strip Saigon

| 28 Nov 2018
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Vinh Khanh - local seafood strip Saigon
28 Nov 2018

Buzzing street of local seafood in District 4 - close by District 1. Snails are the specialty and you’ll be amazed by the variety that’s available. Pull up a stool on the pavement, order a beer and feast on fresh seafood for an evening. A great Saigon experience that starts in the late afternoon and can be busy into the early hours.

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Vinh Khanh St in Saigon’s District 4 has long been a popular strip for locals chasing down fresh seafood and beers. Its status as a street food centre was made official a couple of years ago when a huge gate was erected announcing it as a Pho Am Thuc”which means “food street”.

It hasn’t lost its local buzz since it received an official designation and you can get a feed here well into the night. You’ll  find people ripping into shrimp, squid, fish and snails well after midnight. A late night visit can be an interesting spectacle.

Vinh Khanh Food Street - Saigon
Photo: Mark Bowyer Vinh Khanh Food Street - Saigon


“Oc” or snails are the specialty here. You'll note that most of the eateries have the word "oc" in their name. You might be surprised at the range of snail options available. There are many different types - and they’re delicious. If snails are a stretch for you, there are plenty ofless adventurous dishes available.

Oc Thao and Oc Vu are near the corner and always busy. Oc Oanh also gets good reviews.

Travel tips
District 4 is right by District 1. Vinh Khanh is around 5 minutes by cab depending on traffic. It used to be considered a dangerous part of town. It’s been developing rapidly for more than a decade now and doesn’t feel any different to anywhere else in the city.

Mark Bowyer
Mark Bowyer is the founder and publisher of Rusty Compass.
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