Saigon’s Ben Thanh ‘Wet’ Market

The Bén Thành Market is part of District 1 where we were staying so of course we had to go and see it.

Although most of the merchandise wasn’t to my taste we went to the ‘wet’ market as the food section is called, and I went a bit crazy!

Seafood such as fish, octopus, prawns and much more were all available in the market.
Little octopi available in the main market (Ben Thanh Market) in HCMC (Saigon), VietnamSeafood such as squid is available in the main market ((Ben Thanh Market) in HCMC (Saigon), VietnamShrimp available in the main market (Ben Thanh Market) in HCMC (Saigon), VietnamFish market in Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) VietnamWe also checked out some unusual cuts of meat – stuff that doesn’t usually show up at farmer’s markets back home in Canada.Offal in the form of intestines available in the main market (Ben Thanh Market) in HCMC (Saigon), VietnamPig’s Ear was a favourite dish – we saw it all over the place in the more ‘local’ restaurants (not in the ‘tourist’ restaurants though). Pig ears and other mystery meats available in the main market (Ben Thanh Market) in HCMC (Saigon), VietnamBanana-leaf-wrapped bundles of fermented pig’s ear in our cooking class in Hoi An.Banana-leaf-wrapped bundles of fermented pig's earNot quite so ‘wet’-looking were these palm nuts decorated for the New Year.
Palm nuts decorated for the New Year in a market in HCMC (Saigon), VietnamMore on our December 2013 trip to Vietnam.

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