Vietnamese food is the best in the world.

And the best Vietnamese food is available on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.

But it's not always easy to experience authentic street food without some local help.

That's where we come in!

Let us show you what the locals eat. Leave the tourist area behind and experience the real Vietnam, eating and laughing alongside the locals.

All of Saigon Street Eats' tours are designed by Australian-Vietnamese couple Barbara and Vu, who met in a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City in early 2008 when Vu crashed an office Tet party.

They have been eating their way around the city ever since, stopping only briefly to have a baby and to chase street food sensations in Singapore and Thailand.

Barbara and Vu decided to start street food tours of Ho Chi Minh City after realising how few non-Vietnamese people were able to enjoy their favourite activity -- eating Saigon's best street food!


Vu comes from a large family of foodies. He's a great cook and has a wealth of knowledge of local ingredients, and the medicinal properties of local herbs, spices and vegetables.

He was born in post-war Vietnam in the central part of the country. When he was a small boy, his family moved to a village about two hours from Ho Chi Minh City, where his parents set up the small restaurant they still run today.

When Vu met Barbara he was working in the marketing department of a consumer finance company by day and eating street food and hanging out in hip hop bars at night. (He doesn't need much sleep.)

Vu's favourite food is still anything his mother cooks and his favourite beer is Saigon Red. He's also a keen amateur photographer. All the photos on our website were taken by Vu (with, of course, a bit of incredibly helpful artistic direction from Barbara).


After a successful career as a journalist in Australia, Barbara quit the rat race in 2007 and moved to Ho Chi Minh City, where she taught English briefly, then returned to the media. At her newspaper's Tet party in 2008 Barbara met a dishy gatecrasher called Vu, and the pair have been a team ever since. These days, as well as being generally bossy at Saigon Street Eats, Barbara writes for publications such as Lucky Peach, Serious Eats, Roads and Kingdoms and The Telegraph. She also wrote several chapters of the latest Fodor's Vietnam travel guidebook.

Her popular food and travel blog, The Dropout Diaries chronicles the food and funny stories she's encountered since leaving Australia to have adventures overseas.

Barbara's favourite food changes regularly. One week it might be scallops cooked in quail eggs, the next prawn paste on sugar cane sticks. Her favourite food is usually Vietnamese and her favourite drink is a free one. (Once a journalist, always a journalist ... as they say.)