All types of BBQ and hotpot joints are prevalent around Saigon, however there seemed to be a noticeable absence in a chicken-specific BBQ restaurant. However this ended when we discovered the Chicken “corner” in the depths of Binh Thanh. Plastic chairs, little metal tables, and 1$ beers, just how we love eating in Vietnam. These establishments however are roasting their chicken in what seems to be an ancient tradition, unlike any I had discovered before: in giant clay pots, with an open fire at the bottom. The chickens are spatchcocked, marinated for hours and slowly roasted in the giant clay pots. Juicy and perfectly seasoned, this chicken is magnificent. And at about 130,000 VND for an entire chicken ( served with pickled veggies, Banh Mi and dipping sauces), one can consume these succulent pieces of poultry for hours while sipping on local bottles of brew. This culture of sharing dishes while sipping local brew for an unrestricted amount of time is our favorite element of Vietnamese food culture.
If you, like me, enjoy pouring back beers and taking in the vibrant scenes of motorbikes and indistinguishable chit chat all around you while eating cheap deliciousness then this is a true gem. There are indeed three establishments all offering the same clay pot roasted chicken in the same intersection, however the one I keep coming back to is “Viet Huong” for the consistency and the home-made dipping sauce for the roast chicken.
Going to Vietnam the first time was life-changing for sure. Maybe because it was all so new and different to my life before and the world I grew up in. The food, culture, landscape, and smell; they’re all inseparable. It just seemed like another planet; a delicious one that sort of sucked me in and never let go