Ho Chi Minh City: Rat Hearts & Porcupine Parts

Andrew Zimmern travels to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Hitting the city streets at night, he feasts on snails and duck tongues. On the outskirts of town, Andrew hunts for rice-field rats and gets a taste of farm-raised porcupine.

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Selfie in Ho Chi Minh City

Selfie in Ho Chi Minh City

Just a little selfie with my unsure friend Kikki Le as we consider our next meal: rice field rat. 960 1280

  

Clearing the Rice Fields

Clearing the Rice Fields

Outside of Ho Chi Minh City, 2 rice farmers clear the land before we hunt for rice field rats. 960 1280

  

Prized Possession

Prized Possession

One of the rice farmers, just outside of Ho Chi Minh City, is showing off his catch. 960 1280

  

Rat Meat on the Grill

Rat Meat on the Grill

This grill might look rudimentary, but it definitely gets the job done. That lemongrass spear isn't just a garnish - it's the tool used to baste the rat meat. 960 1280

  

Pig Brain Soup

Pig Brain Soup

This fresh pig brain soup was being sold right on the street by one of Ho Chi Minh City's ubiquitous vendors. 960 1280

  

Fresh Fish from the Mekong Delta

Fresh Fish from the Mekong Delta

These dried fresh fish from the Mekong Delta are being sold at Ba Chieu Market. Impressed by how perfect each little fish was prepped, cleaned and presented for sale. 960 1280

  

The Old & New Ho Chi Minh City

The Old & New Ho Chi Minh City

The old meets the new as a soaring skyscraper takes over the Ho Chi Minh City skyline. 960 1280

  

Bahn da Lon

Bahn da Lon

My new friend Sinh Nguyen's favorite food is bahn da lon, a sweet treat made from mung bean paste, rice flour, coconut milk and sugar. 960 1280

  

Herbs & Spices at Cho Ben Thanh Market

Herbs & Spices at Cho Ben Thanh Market

Cho Ben Thanh Market is a one-stop shop. You can find virtually anything you need including dozens and dozens of dry goods like these herbs and spices 960 1280

  

Breakfast Rolls at Ba Chieu Market

Breakfast Rolls at Ba Chieu Market

The French influence lives on in Ho Chi Minh City with these perfectly crafted breakfast rolls sold outside Ba Chieu Market. 960 1280

  

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