Discovering Station 3A & Drinking Cobra Blood
On our very first day in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Danton and I explored a bit of the city on our own before meeting with the family in the late afternoon. Our objective for the day was to explore the contemporary art scene at Station 3A and to experience a course meal of snake in the evening. I loved the colourful graffiti found near Station 3A and can now tell people what shots of cobra blood tastes like!
Located at: 3A-3B, Ton Duc Thang Street, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Station3A is a contemporary art space housed in 3 formerly abandoned 19th-century warehouse buildings. It has been repurposed and inhabited by artists and exhibits amazing and colourful graffiti murals, clothing shops, and art galleries! If you love handmade crafts, art, or are fashionably inclined, then this is one place you cannot skip when visiting Ho Chi Minh.
We visited on a weekday and it was very quiet. Nothing much was happening and there were only a few tourists and some locals doing a photoshoot for what appeared to be a clothing line. I have read from other sources that weekends at Station 3A host pop-up shops and street performances, on occasion.
If you feel parched after perusing the shops at Station 3A, you might want to stop at Kujuz 3son for some reserved citrus drink. It was so refreshing to have something cold to drink and to reflex on what we had seen so far. I loved this quiet hidden area nestled at the end of a small alley. It is so unlike any place I have seen in Ho Chi Minh City and I would love to come again!
Adress: 418 Huynh Tan Phat – TT Nha Be
Price: $$$$ (2,600,000 VND / $150 CAD)
I don’t know when or where I first heard about drinking a snake heart, but I’ve wanted to try it since. Going out for snake was my idea and with the help of Danton’s family, we were able to find a place that serves it.
My first very first reptile eating experience was a positive one, but maybe the last one for a while. I entered the space with no expectations. Not having thought about what it might be like at all, a lot of it was a surprise.
Related: Things Jennormous Ate In Ho Chi Minh City
The staff brought out the snake, and it was enclosed in a black bag. It was coiled and its head was peeping out slightly. I thought its dark eyes were cute. Danton told me not to say that because then I’d give it a name and feel bad about eating it….Well, Snakey the cobra, gave up its life and we proceeded to have a course meal with dishes prepared in several ways.
Things were kick-started with two bottles of vodka that we mixed with the snake’s blood. Danton took a shot with the still beating heart, and I had the gall bladder ( I think). I can’t say the beverage was bad, but it wasn’t good. I forgot to take a photo of a few side dishes, but the main protein is featured above. The snake was a bit chewy. If you’ve ever eaten intestines before, it had a very similar texture to that. Flavor wasn’t very remarkable or distinct.
By the end of the meal, we were stuffed and there were quite a bit of leftover to take back home. It was also quite pricey, but if you’re splitting between 7 people like we did, it won’t break the bank!
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Let me know in the comments.
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