Late Night Seafood Snacks

Late night snacking is a big thing in Saigon, and it ranges from pho to kebabs to banh mi to seafood. When it starts getting dark out, vendors will start setting up their small tables and chairs on the sidewalks and large groups of people will hang out for hours eating, drinking and socializing. The other night I went to play tennis with a few friends, and when we finished at 11pm we were hungry and craving seafood. So we headed to a street in the middle of District 3 that is full of small seafood stalls. The seafood is presented in a bunch of colorful baskets and all you have to do is point to what you want and the servers will cook it and then bring it to your table. We went in a group of 6 so we were able to order a bunch of different dishes to share. The atmosphere in these types of restaurants is always relaxed and low key. It’s a great place to sit back and just hang out with friends, drink some beer and eat some delicious and cheap seafood.

Baskets of Seafood - they are usually more full, but I took this photo late at night...

Cockles, or small saltwater clams

Not exactlly sure what this is called. My Vietnamese friend called it fingernail seafood - creepy???

Clams with lemongrass - my favorite!

More clams, this time with peanuts and scallions

And of course, no meal would be complete without some morning glory with garlic and seafood fried rice

So including a couple beers and sodas this meal cost each of us 65,000VND (aka ~$3.00). Not bad, eh?

Seafood stalls are located on a street right off  of CMT8 traffic circle.


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