It’s sure that you will be surprised when you know that a bowl of thick noodle soup on the sidewalk costs 240,000VND. We immediately come here to discover what is special on that very expensive bowl of thick noodle soup. What are the delicious dishes on Saigon cuisine? It’s very easy to answer this question: Sweet soup, milky tea, Pha lau, nui xao, stirred noodle, banh buot, hu tieu, ha cao, fried balls… a long list of wonderful foods. To many people, many dishes lacking the smell of dust on street seems to be lacked a special spices which makes the foods on the sidewalk much better than that on the restaurants.
About street vendor selling Thick noodle soup on the sidewalk at the price of 240,000VND
The street food is favorite by many customers because of the reasonable price (with only 100-200,000VND, you are free to enjoy many delicious dishes in the afternoon). In the habit of many people, the food of street vendor on the sidewalk means that it is very cheap.
However, there is an exception. It is sure that you will be surprised when knowing that a bowl of thick noodle soup on the sidewalk has the price at 240,000VND. It is the highest price for a bowl of thick noodle soup in a famous thick noodle soup street vendor in Hoa Binh market (District 5, Ho Chi Minh city).
There are many opinions about the price of this food. Some people said that it is a reasonable price and some other think that it is too expensive (the price is musch higher than buffet).
This price also prevents many people from enjoying this kind of thick noodle soup. Therefore, we immediately go to discover the special things on this bowl of thick noodle soup.
First of all, about the location, when talking about the price at 240,000VND/bowl, surely you think that you will enjoy the meal in a big and beautiful restaurant with staffs in uniform welcoming you at the door. Then after entering, you will come in a cool room with air conditioner. Right?
Please wake up right now because this shop is a street vendor with the sign located in a small market. Like many other street vendors, everything is very simple including a yoke to put all the ingredients and a pot of broth as well as some plastic chairs for customers to sit and enjoy the food. So the amount of money 240,000VND you pay is not for luxury space. It only focuses on the bowl of thick noodle soup.
When we asked for the very expensive thick noodle soup, the owner, Mrs Phuong is also surprised of the information about 240,000VND for a bowl of thick noodle soup she is selling.
She said, it is very rare she can sell a bowl of thick nodle soup at the price of 240.000VND because at this price, she has to use a big bowl and in this bowl are a 800–gram crab (200,000VND), thick noodle (20,000VND), meat, fish ball (20,000VND).
“At the present, 100,000VND is the highest price for a bowl of thick noodle soup in my shop including fish ball, meat, pork pie and crab pieces (half of a crab). And the bowl of thick noodle soup at the price of 240,000VND is rarely sold. If I sell it everyday, my noodle will be unmarketable. It is food for commoners”. Mrs Phuong said.
To the dishes of noodle, my habbit is enjoying the broth first because it makes 80% the flavor of the dish as well as the skill of cook. The broth of this thick noodle soup has a strong flavor with a natural sweetness not from MSG.
Next is enjoying the thick noodle. It is soft enough to make all the customers satisfied. Other kinds of ingredients in this dish suh as pork pie and fish ball have high quality with a big piece of pork pie and a lot of stewed meat. The fish balls has a natural sweetness, when eating, the customers will feel the taste of fresh fish, not mixed too much flour like many other places.
Finally, the most important part of this dish is the crab. It is very attractive. To a bowl with small crab, the owner will give you 2 more pincers. Crab in here is very fresh.
You can order a normal bowl with only fish ball, pork pie and crab meat at the price of 40,000-80,000VND. It s a reasonable price for a full serving like that. If you order a crab, you will pay 100-150,000VND more depending on the season. Actually, with a bowl of thick noodle soup with a carb, the price of 240,000VND is not too expensive because the price of cran is never cheap.
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