Bún ốc Saigon sells predominantly shellfish dishes. They had on the day we visited crab (cua), prawns (tôm), snails (ốc) and various sea urchins. I’m not sure if it’s always the case that you pick a creature, and they cook it how they think best; or that’s just what happens when a couple of tourists who lack Vietnamese language skills walk in. Either way, they served us up an amazing clam broth with chilli and lemongrass, and some charcoal grilled sea creatures served with rice noodles (bún).
The shellfish is served with a small bowl of chilli, sugar and lime for dipping. Very nice.
You can find them on them on corner of Nguyễn Hữu Huân & Hàng Thùng in the old quarter. Nguyễn Hữu Huân is also home to a lot of Vietnamese coffee shops, some selling the quintessential Hanoi drink, egg coffee (cà phê trung) – Café Giảng is a great spot for a coffee in an old style shophouse.
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