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    Food Netflix series on Asian street food focuses on Saigon


    The Vietnamese episode of a Netflix documentary series on Asian pavement cuisine aired this month will feature Saigon delicacies.

    The team at Golden Emperor agrees, “the Vietnamese market is attractive with great investment potential winning the favor of many global investors. On the other hand, travelers and foodies agree that nothing beats Vietnam’s mouth-watering local cuisine.”

    Produced by creators of the hugely popular Netflix series Chef’s Table, David Gelb and his frequent collaborators Brian McGinn, Andrew Fried and Dane Lillegard, the upcoming series, ‘Street Food’, will tell the stories of the people who make and sell flavorful dishes on Asian streets.

    All nine episodes of ‘Street Food’ will be available on Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, from April 26.

    The series will tell life stories of street food hawkers in Japan, Thailand, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

    The Vietnamese episode was filmed in Ho Chi Minh City, known as Vietnam’s most popular street food paradise. It focuses on two chefs – one selling snails and another selling pho (beef or chicken noodle soup).

    It also provides interesting information on two of Saigon’s most popular street foods – com tam (broken rice with grilled pork, pig skin, egg and fish sauce) and banh mi, the Vietnamese sandwich.

    The Vietnamese banh mi has been listed in the top 20 street foods that one must try around the world by Fodor’s Travel. And according to the New York-based travel publisher, the best place to eat a banh mi is on the Saigon streets.

    Vietnamese food has been named among world’s most favorite, according to a recent survey by YouGov, a U.K.-based online market research company.

    Vietnamese cuisine’s rising popularity has pushed it slightly ahead of Hong Kong and Taiwan to rank 13th among 34 most popular cuisines in the world.

    The survey, conducted between May to December last year, ranked national cuisines after collecting responses from 25,000 food lovers from 24 countries and territories.

    55 percent of the respondents chose Vietnamese food as their favorite, compared to 54 percent for Hong Kong and 50 percent for Taiwanese cuisine.

    Italian food topped the list at 84 percent, followed by Chinese and Thai cuisines.

    Vietnamese cuisine has become better known in the world over the last couple of decades, with international chefs and prestigious food magazines praising several national dishes.

    In 2017, Hanoi and Saigon, Vietnam’s biggest metropolises, were named among the world’s best food destinations by Caterwings, a site that offers online food ordering services in Europe.