On our tour, two girls, college aged, met us at our hotel and basically let us dictate what we wanted to do. Of course we started with some good ol' street food! But we also just walked around and chatted about their culture and ours. They were super friendly and spoke probably the best English that we encountered by any SE Asian on our entire trip. Really, more people in the area should consider a similar program; it is a great way to practice English and you get free dinner -why not??
The girls listed a couple of food items that might tempt us and of course having thoroughly researched both street food locations and dishes, I jumped at the chance to try the eel noodles, which was near the top of my list of things to try. I think we even went to the one that I had mapped out.
So next we stopped for another dish at the top of my list (these girls must have had similar tastes as me), banh cuon, a rice crepe filled with pork and mushrooms and topped with tiny fried shrimps and onions. We also ordered a version with hard boiled egg in it. This place was literally on the street (most street food has a shop front with an inside full of tables, though, the food is often still cooked at the front on the street). We sat in the midgy chairs at the midgy tables that Vietnam is full of (we even saw men in nice suits sitting at these little tables).
Next, we stopped for some freshly pressed sugar cane juice. It was great all on its own and a much appreciated dose of sugar. Turns out, Vietnamese don't really eat much in the way of desserts, much to Rosie's disappointment. It was cool to see the sugar cane getting pressed right in front of us. It takes quite a few of sheets of the sugar cane to make the juice. It tasted almost tropical, but yet it was just the sugar cane.