Papaya Salad

In Le Van Tam park at the corner Hai Ba Trung and Vo Thi Sau street, they sell delicious papaya salad for as long as the citizens can remember.

Papaya SaladPapaya Salad | photo: Frank Fox (cc-by-sa)

Best street food in town I guess

Something to seriously crave for: Papaya salad at Le Van Tam park in Saigon.
Probably the best papaya salad in the city and probably the oldest roadside place that is still selling the stuff foodie dreams are knit from.

Already my mom in law enjoyed plates of the delicious mixture by this family when she was a teenager and even though it might be less polite to speak it out: That was some time ago.
We seriously love it and it also part of the itineraries renowned food tours came up with.

A plate contains shredded unripe papaya with peanuts, roasted liver, Vietnamese herbs and homemade chilli sauce in a sweet and sour marinade. The crispy stuff is some sort of rice paper I would like to call Vietnamese croutons, since I don't know the name, but it is similar to croutons anyway.

No excuses anymore, do yourself a favour and explore Vietnamese culture from the foodie side of life!

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