Whilst visiting Street Food Authentic, oh how I love to add the authentic bit! I am not gonna lie, but I felt a little kid in a candy store as I explored ordering (almost) everything nice I saw. One dish that grabbed my attention was goi cuon tom thit, for two reasons, one it looked delish, and two it has a funny name. In London slang “tom tit” means shit, as in “I’m going for a tom tit. Again I digress…..
I’m not an expert in the Vietnamese language, but banh cuon is like a noodle wrap, tom is shrimp, and the other stuff equates to basically a kind of shrimp, and pork spring roll.
Goi cuon to thit is served with peanut sauce (always good) and is, without a doubt, one of the best snacks you can buy in Vietnam.
To describe it in a bit better detail! The shrimp is full shrimp, not paste, or bits of shrimp, but a whole shrimp that is complemented by the bits of pork, and the amazing peanut sauce……
We opted for this as a starter, which was then washed away with mountains of Vietnamese BBQ, and of course Beer Saigon (I was in Ho Chi Ming City at the time after all).
In fact, it was worth ordering it merely for the peanut sauce, which went amazingly with the french fries and mini-burgers that we should never have ordered in the first place! Although I could imagine ordering lots of gỏi cuốn tôm thịt (still amused by the name) to merely have as a snack whilst knocking back a few Bia Saigons, or better still Long Island Iced Teas by the pool.
Street Food Saigon (well Vietnam in general) you truly never cease to amaze me! Oh and I forgot to say, two prices cost $1.10, can’t argue with that!