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French tourist trapped in Việt Nam during COVID sets up fried-banana stand

Update: January, 12/2021 - 11:11

 

Fried banana is a famous street food in the South and is also a childhood dish of many generations. However, this Vietnamese street food cooked by a Western man has made it even more special.. VNA/VNS Photo

HCM CITY - Fried banana is a famous street food in South and is also a childhood dish of many generations. However, this Vietnamese street food cooked by a Western man has made it even more special.

Around the end of November, the tall silhouette of a Western man behind a cart selling fried bananas started intriguing residents on Trần Đình Xu and Nguyễn Cư Trinh streets in District 1. His sign reads "fried bananas, fried pineapples", all priced at VNĐ10,000 ($0.43) a pop.

Fabrice, 50, and owner of the little fried goods stand, is a French tourist "trapped" in Việt Nam due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Every day from 5am to 6am, he takes out his cart and heads to a convenience store and nearby local market to acquire ingredients. Around 10am and 11am, he cleans up and heads home.

Ánh Thu, a patron, said the fried cake has a buttery smell and is less greasy than traditional Vietnamese fried bananas.

Fabrice currently lives in a nearby hotel. He said if the stand makes enough for him to live, he will continue the job. VNS

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