What inspires you about Vietnamese street, and what are your top tips for selecting great quality street food in Vietnam?

I find food on the street is safer and better than in the restaurants. They’ve got 20 years’ experience and cook the same thing over and over again. At the pho place over the road, she knows what stage the stock is at just by smell and they turn out 300 bowls a day. Restaurants with huge menus make me nervous: somewhere offering 100 dishes covering Western, Vietnamese and Indian food … the ingredients can’t be fresh and they won’t know how to prepare them all.

When selecting street food, select somewhere that is full of locals. 

Eat only at the times the locals eat. 

Look at the work station to see if it’s clean.