Going nuts in Saigon’s Chinatown

By Tran Tien Dung, Thanh Nien News

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A peanut vendor at Saigon's Chinatown. Photo: Giang Vu A peanut vendor at Saigon's Chinatown. Photo: Giang Vu

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Unshelled peanuts, boiled or roasted, are a popular snack in Vietnam, and if you are in Saigon you are in luck.
In the city’s Chinatown, at the junction of Trang Tu and Nguyen Thi Nho in District 6, dozens of peanut sellers line up along a 100-meter stretch.
Most of them are from the south’s finest peanut lands – Trang Bang District in Tay Ninh Province and Duc Hoa and Duc Hue Districts in Long An Province, both near HCMC.
Diem, one of the vendors, is from Duc Hoa.
She picks up a three-wheeled vehicle every afternoon to travel with her peanuts and push cart to the city.
“I leave when I sell out.”

The street corner sells the finest peanuts in southern Vietnam. Photo: Giang Vu
Diem sells more than 50 kilograms a day, earning around VND200,000 (US$9.28).
The peanut vendors are there from morning until late in the evening, supplying to take-away customers and other street vendors who resell to customers waiting for their food in restaurants around the city.
A middle-aged man, who stopped to buy a bag after picking up his children from school, said: “I buy them these nuts to cut them off from sweets.”

 

 

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