Vietnamese duck porridge or Chao Vit is a classic dish that is relatively easy to find in Ho Chi Minh City.
A little road-side stall by Chu Manh Trinh Road in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City smack in the middle of a touristy area sells some of the most lip-smacking duck porridge this side of town.
The stall was well stocked with plenty of duck, and by the look of the crowd seated around enjoying the porridge with slices of duck meat, this stall probably had something special worth trying.
So an order was put in for two portions of duck to go with the porridge, as well as a portion of innards.
This was achieved with the help of Google translate on the mobile phone coupled with a fair bit of finger-pointing at the other tables.
Technology sure helps in making all these authentic food so much more accessible to those who can’t speak the language.
As expected, the Chao Vit was excellent. The boiled duck meat was served with green onions, cilantro, pepper, fish sauce and more and the condiment served complimented the meat perfectly as it could be made spicy if you wanted.
The porridge was made with broken rice and dished up with chunks of coagulated blood.
It was certainly one of the most tasty and memorable dishes in Saigon. So if you’re ever at District 1 and don’t mind dining with the locals, this is a place you must check out.
Chao Vit Road Side Stall
Chu Mạnh Trinh
District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
GPS: 10.782813, 106.703568
This article first appeared in kyspeaks.com