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Grace Lewis

This is what I had for dinner tonight - plus a roasted sweet potato. So tasty. I was surprised how chewy it is, but my mother-in-law, a good mid-western girl, really loved it. Thanks for filling in the blanks on the ingredients. No shrimp in ours, but definitely chilies, sugar, fish sauce, margarine, and green onions.

Ours costs a little more, but in the time that I waited for her to stir-fry ours, she served at least four other families other things on the cart. I was actually noting that our vendor seems to do well. Though not flashy, she looks better than many street vendors I see. I hope she is not being franchised out.

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I pass so many corn vendors - and I never try one.
This post has made me reconsider.
My next trip down the beach I'll be hitting up a struggling vendor, a cold 4 weeks into what should be summer.
Thanks for another good post!

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Sad story. Here in India, we have millions like her.


Really enjoyed this post.

Living in Thailand, I see a lot of similar street vendors and, unfortunately, a lot of poverty as well.

I love to eat street vendor food - it's delicious! But the young children selling it, or those walking around with fruit or flower garlands trying to scrape a living together break my heart.


You have dignified and ennobled this young woman's menial labor with your post, given an anonymous face a life we should all care about. Well done.


Thank you for this post. I am busy working on a post about street food but I never though about this angle (poverty. It is sad. Here in South Africa we have a lot of street vendors like this girl. I agree with you they should be supported. I love street food and I always buy it. Well done on this post.

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I never eat from street vendors, I am a little scared, because I don't know how safe it is that food. I know that are many teens who work hard and for little money, they try to survive with a few money instead of going to school, have a normal life. They grow up too early, they don't enjoy childhood and adolescence like others do.


What a thoughtful, human post.

I bought the very same snack a few afternoons ago from the vendor outside my workplace in HCMC. No shrimps, lots of margarine and green onions and a fabulous chewy texture, 5,000 vnd. I was shocked at not being asked for the foreigner price so bought two.

Kay Unt

what a pretentious piece of shit this article was. Typical knight-in-shining-armour complex that most Western minds exhibit when they talk of the 'developing world'. How good we can all feel now.

The world is full of poverty and I don't need a food blog to tell me that.


Thanks all. Had no idea it was a snack available in other parts of the country.


Great snack and interesting story. Thanks for sharing.


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Dang. Loads of good perspective in this article. It's so easy to get swept away in the romance of easy access to delicioous street food, esecially when you have no access to it, and forget that not everyone selling it is doing so because they want to.

Couldn't put my finger on it at the time, but the vendors in Times Square selling kebabs and pretzels gave me this same vibe. I know it's not exactly the same thing, but you could tell this was a job for them. It wasn't about the chestnuts or falafal, it was about scraping enough money together to put food on the table for their families.

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This article tell the reality of very important organization and clearly gives the reasons that what they are doing. Very information article and actions should be taken against such organizations

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Sad story. Here in India, we have millions like her.


Really interesting post, I'd be really interested to hear people's thoughts on what could be done to help these children in particular?


Thanks for the post (and the insight). Was in Hanoi last week and tried this snack after reading it on your blog. Forgot to check what the expected price was and paid about 60,000VND for one ear of boiled corn, and a packet of the fried corn. I am lucky enough to be able to afford to laugh about it. I hope the street vendor (a guy in his twenties) enjoyed his windfall ;).

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