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Ho Chi Minh City in world’s top 5 ‘street food heavens’: survey

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 15:45 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City in world’s top 5 ‘street food heavens’: survey
A foreign visitor buys street food from a stall on Bui Vien Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City has beaten strong contenders to be ranked as the world’s fourth best hub for street food, according to the latest survey by business magazine CEOWorld.

The magazine released the Street Food City Index 2019, the first survey of its kind, last Thursday.

The New York-based business magazine polled 92,000 business travellers and 1,400 corporate travel agents from over 86 countries and territories between July and September, 2019.

The three-month survey evaluated the cities on four parameters including number of street food vendors, affordability, number of street food experiences, and food hygiene.

Of the parameters, the number of street food vendors and affordability were referenced from the databases collected by Google Maps and Numbeo, a crowd-sourced global database of reported consumer prices.

Meanwhile, data from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) was used to rank the cities by food hygiene.

Singapore was ranked first on the 2019 index, followed by Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong, China.

Ho Chi Minh City came fourth while Mumbai, India finished in the top five.

Other cities in the top ten were Rome in Italy, Tel Aviv in Israel, Sydney in Australia, Mexico City in Mexico, and Portland and Oregon in the U.S.

Other popular tourist attractions were also named by the list, including Seoul, South Korea (13th), Paris, France (15th), Tokyo, Japan (19th), and Beijing, China (44th).

CEOWorld targets CEOs, CFOs, high-level executive professionals, business leaders, and high net worth individuals, according to the magazine’s website.

Vietnamese cuisine has become more popular worldwide over the last couple of years.

Earlier this month, the Southeast Asian country was recognized as Asia’s Leading Culinary Destination at the 26th World Travel Awards organized on Phu Quoc, an island off the southern Vietnamese province of Kien Giang.

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