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Saigoneer Podcast: The 5 National Senses of Vietnam, Local Street Cred

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On this week's episode we begin (1:17) by sharing our nominations for Vietnam's five "National Senses," if such a thing existed. What smells, sounds, sights, tastes and textures do we think best exemplify the country? The smell of pork chops grilling on a sidewalk? The Bitexco Financial Tower? Those fragrant wet wipes given out at bia hơi joints?

Then (17:36), we do an audio version of our occasional Street Cred series, which dives into the history of the people that Saigon's streets are named after. This time, however, it's a bit more personal, as we explore either the streets we live on, or those near our houses. One of these streets is Quoc Huong, named — we believe — after the famous singer. You can check out some of his music here.

As always, we end with Bánh Mì Banter (31:04).

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Leave a review letting us know what you think of the show — what would your choices for Vietnam's national senses be? Have a great week!


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