Address: 534 Đường Vĩnh Khánh, phường 10, Quận 4, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Operating Hours: 1PM-12MN, daily
Expect to Pay: Varies
Ốc Oanh was one of my favorite places to eat in Saigon. Located along Vinh Khanh Street in District 4, this area is known for having some of the best street seafood in Ho Chi Minh City. Nicknamed “Seafood Street”, there you’ll find several blocks of sidewalk restaurants serving different types of seafood. Alex of Inspitrip took us to Ốc Oanh which is the most famous restaurant on this strip. Luke Nguyen featured this place as well on the second episode of Street Food Asia. We enjoyed this place so much that we ate here twice and it was packed on both nights.
One of the things that Vinh Khanh Street is known for are its snail dishes. According to Alex, sea snails are popular among the Vietnamese but they’re difficult to prepare at home, which is why nearly every restaurant on this strip serves them. Ốc Oanh serves several varieties cooked in different ways. The ones pictured here were cooked in coconut milk and called ốc len xào dừa. They were so good we wound up ordering them again the next night.
This had me salivating. Octopus and squid, especially the tentacles, are among my favorite foods so I had to get an order of this grilled octopus dish which I believe is called bạch tuộc nướng sa tế. Served with a green sauce, the octopus was spicy and delicious and surprisingly tender considering its hefty size.
Here’s a devilish-looking plate of crab claws with chili-salt (càng ghẹ rang muối). The guy preparing it was mixing them so vigorously it looked like he was literally smashing that chili into the crab. This looked to be a popular dish here as well. Many tables ordered it, including a version made with sea snails.
Aside from the food, what I loved most about Vinh Khanh Street was the atmosphere. You’re literally stuffing your face with delicious seafood on a sidewalk buzzing with activity. Here’s a quick timelapse of my chili crab claw against a backdrop of motorbikes and pedestrians. If you like seafood, then you need to have a meal here. You can check my post on Vinh Khanh Street for more pictures and information.