Staying for a long time in Hochiminh city, where would you like to visit? what food do you want to try? If you are a seafood lover, we will recommend those sites to taste seafood on street, not in a restaurant.
Leave District 1 entirely especially the Pham Ngu Lao area and get a taxi across the canal to District 4 where there are whole streets devoted to seafood on the pavement.
You can find many bunch of names for searching “Phố ốc Vĩnh Khánh quận 4” or “Seafood Stall in District 4”.
“Ốc Oanh” at 534 Vĩnh Khánh is a popular one. It’s not much of a walk from the backpacker area. Look it up on Google map. You will see that Nguyễn Thai Học St going past the “Ong Lanh” bridge will take you there shortly by taxi or motorbike. It’s the most popular spot down seafood street and it was packed when we went. They have burnt rice (really good) and a variety of shellfish as well as balut eggs and quail. They have outdoor seating.
Here are some videos of me eating oysters in Vinh Khanh Street.
Kim sucking snails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGCYSPkXhdI
BBQ Mussels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrABc5ov9JI
Other places that we recommend for Seafood:
“Ốc Đào Nguyễn Trãi” (212/C79 Nguyen Trai St., Nguyen Cu Trinh Wd., D1) only work till 7PM.
(Source: Tripadvisor, Internet)