Saigon’s incessant heat, pollution and traffic can really take a toll on motorcyclists and pedestrians. Roadside drink stands scattered throughout the city’s sizzling pavement provide respite from the unavoidable chaos.
These “Fast Drink” stands offer refreshing options like winter melon juice and my personal favorite, sua dau nanh—soy milk. The soy milk can be served either hot or cold, sweetened or not, and sometimes with essence of pandan leaves (if you’re lucky!).
A serving of sua dau nanh goes for 2,000 VND and can be consumed in a glass on the side of the road or on the go inside a plastic bag tightly sealed using a rubber band. The street food vendors in Saigon do incredible things with rubber bands.