I initially thought this was a joke. Salmon delivery? In Saigon? Nah. I’ve seen (and smelled!) half-off salmon at a reasonably big international supermarket. There was certainly a reason why that shit was half-off. Luckily for me, I had the opportunity to get salmon delivered (or in this case, picked up) last week.
With salmon being so expensive in Saigon (compared to what I know is available in other countries), it is incredibly rare that I find myself even really wanting salmon, let alone ordering salmon. Due to the prohibitive damage to my wallet, I have been forced to resort to seafood substitutes for salmon – including canned tuna, and (gasp!) frozen shrimp.
Just walking around Binh Thanh, I chanced upon a Grab driver doing a pick up form a cold storage facility. Weird, I thought, so of course I went up and poked around. The adventure was worth it.
I didn’t even know that wholesale salmon was available in Saigon, not to mention chilled salmon by the kilo. It felt like I had struck gold – which I’m now sharing with you.
The salmon itself is Norwegian salmon, so you can expect it to be quite good quality. Ordered a couple of salmon fillet (deboned!) which was portioned into four pieces – each piece weighing around 250 grams. Had a belly portion further processed into sashimi.
Prices vary based on desired weight for salmon – starting at 250VND per kilo.
They also had a good selection of other choice parts from various dead animals.
Had an order of rib-eye steak (200VND per kilo), and some type of Japanese style mackerel roe that came in bricks, flash frozen.
This already accounted for about 4 kilos worth of God’s creatures, so wasn’t able to get their other stuff – but they definitely have a good selection. Lamb, pork, various types of seafood. Even a Cornish hen!
I’ve never had a Cornish hen. Might have to make it a point to get one just to play around with.
Key downsides here would be that the staff doesn’t speak a lick of English, so it’s Google Translate all the way. You also have to make sure that you have enough freezer space, but I guess that just your own fridge logistics.
At any rate, yes, if you’re looking for salmon and beef delivery anywhere in D1, D2, or Binh Thanh, this is your spot: