The popiah is a rural food and very simple recipes. Just roll the mixture of cassava bulb, dried tiny shrimp, lettuce, herbs, sausage and eggs coated in a thin rice cake for a roll of popiah. The popiah is tasty or not depend much on the dip sauce. The bean sauce is an indispensable part of the Northern popiah. The sauce must be sweet enough from sugar, spicy flavor of chili pepper, fatty oil, and buttery taste of peanut. For those who first taste this sauce will feel pretty weird, but once they tasted, it is a very unforgettable taste.
Right on Dinh Tien Hoang road (District 1, near the bridge Bui Huu Nghia) has a pretty good popiah shop with special sauce with full of fried onions-super attractive. According to Miss Li the shop owner, she has sold since 2000. Everyday she only serves from noon time to 5 or 6 pm because of out of stock. Average consumption per day is around 500 rolls, on holidays she sells about 900 to 1,000 rolls.
Because of much demanding, the popiah is usually rolled in advance for 10 rolls each course. It is always already when customers order without waiting. The available popiah is put on steam pot hence it is still tasty and hot.
The fillings from Miss Ly shop is different from other places because they are added fried eggs. Beside fresh ingredients as salad, sausage, and salted shredded shrimp, the fried eggs are sliced into strands that make the popiah more special.
The price of a roll of popiah is 4,000 dong. It is 1,000 expensive than vendor but more hygiene and superior quality. If you have time, let’s try to visit Miss Ly shop to taste this special roll.
Suggested address: Miss Ly Popiah, Dinh Tien Hoang street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city
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