Night out in Saigon with new friends It’s easy to meet fellow travelers here in Ho Chi Minh City. John, me, Carolyn, Linda, Guy and Lee. John and Linda are from Colorado. Carolyn and Lee from Florida. Guy is German and was waiting for his wife to finish with her massage. The squid dealer is an older woman who pushes her cart down the street each evening. Many work from scooters or modified bicycles. She charged 60,000vnd ($3) for enough squid for all of us to have an an appetizer. The Squid snack starts with dried squid that is roasted over a flame, then shredded and pan sauteed in a sweet sauce. The dipping sauce is red hot. Pork stew, in a flaming bamboo tube. I had no idea this is what I was ordering. It was good, but mostly for show. Ban xeo, Vietnamese pan cake is a common breakfast for me. It’s an egg dipped rice paper wrapper, stuffed with seafood and vegetables.. “Xeo” is the sound of the pancake sizzling on the griddle.