JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Ho Chi Minh City’s famous food street full of life again after COVID-19 hibernation

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 10:01 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City’s famous food street full of life again after COVID-19 hibernation
A seller is shown preparing Thai-style grilled pork skewers at a stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Ho Thi Ky Food Street, located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10, is vibrant again after months of being shut down due to COVID-19.

In recent years, the street has risen to fame as one of the most crowded venues for street food in the southern city, with a wide range of both Vietnamese and foreign-inspired dishes at affordable prices.

Ho Thi Ky Food Street featured in a food tour led by Tuoi Tre News' host Alyshia Turchyn in October 2020.

Normally open from 2:00 pm until late at night, the street is located down a small alley next to the famous Ho Thi Ky Flower Market and attracts both young locals and tourists visiting the city.

A group of young locals wear masks while visiting Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A group of young locals wear masks while visiting Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Like many other places in Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Thi Ky Food Street had been put on hold for months since the city was hit hard when the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27.

Local authorities implemented many social distancing measures and restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus including suspending food and drink services.

It was not until early September that they allowed food and drink providers to operate again, offering takeout only amid the eased pandemic situation.

In the latest move, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade on Tuesday proposed allowing food service establishments to resume both takeout and dine-in services, except for businesses selling beer and wine.

The establishments must adhere to pandemic prevention regulations and are allowed to stay open until 9:00 pm every day with half of their normal capacity.

Customers wait for their food at a BBQ stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Customers wait for their food at a BBQ stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Customers wait in line for their Korean spicy chicken at a stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Customers get in line for their Korean spicy chicken at a stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

People and vehicles are seen at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

People and vehicles are seen at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Thai-style grilled pork skewers are seen at a stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Thai-style grilled pork skewers are seen at a stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Two visitors are seen with their takeaway foods and drinks at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Two visitors are seen with their takeaway foods and drinks at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Customers are waiting for their dessert at an ice-cream stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Customers are pictured waiting for their dessert at an ice-cream stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

People wait in the distance at a bread stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

People wait at a bread stall at Ho Thi Ky Food Street in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 on October 19, 2021. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Dong Nguyen - Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Read more

Photo

Video

This rooster lives a life of leisure in Vietnam

Locals in Phong Hoa Commune, Lai Vung District, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam were shocked recently when they saw a weird white rooster sleeping in a hammock with its legs raised.

Vietnamese man makes a living from raising skinks

Tran Van Trong, a resident of Tan Duong Commune, Lai Vung District, Dong Thap Province, Vietnam has built four cages to raise 1,700 skinks on his 35-square-meter land lot.

Saigon rental bikes in demand following easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Rental bike shops in Ho Chi Minh City have seen a surge in the number of customers since the city eased COVID-19 restrictions in October, with many reporting their bicycles are completely booked.