Who doesn’t adore Vietnam’s bánh mì baguette? Light and crusty. Time to “re-acclimatise” to Aussie food (fly home from Vung Tau tonight) so lunch is a good ol’ snag & egg in a roll. With tomato sauce. After a month of mostly preservative-free Asian eating, Aussie food can give you a hard kick in the … Continue reading Bánh mì Baguette With a Sausage & Sauce: Readjusting to Aussie Food
You beauty! Dinner tonight. That’s 750 grams of Vietnam crayfish to crave. I shook his hand (antenna) in the tank first, to make sure he was a fine specimen. Now into the pot, then onto the barbie, and bon appetit. 1.2 mmillion dong (AUD$75), in Vung Tau. Same price in Nha Trang and DaNang. If … Continue reading Crayfish to Crave. But be Prepared to Shell Out for it
You’ve seen it a thousand times, on a dozen visits, probably nibbled it – but never really stopped and “experienced” it. South-East Asian food is like that. You may reckon you’ve seen it all but no, there’s always a surprise. Vietnamese call this grapefruit. It’s a type of pomelo, and it varies in taste, appearance … Continue reading Vietnam Food. So You Think You’ve Tried It All?
Fast Food Wars: the smokey, heat of battle in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Pitched on each side of the street, it’s Cóm 25k versus Cóm Tàm 25k. Maccas v Hungry Jack’s? KFC v Red Rooster? Both sell the grilled, ultra-thin chicken cutlet with egg, rice, vegie and a squirt of sweet chilli syrup. Delicious, too. Let’s … Continue reading Fast Food Wars in Vietnam
Vietnam soft shell shrimp (prawns). Not to my liking but it keeps popping up, in Vung Tau, Nha Trang – across this fascinating country. Steamed, grilled, sweet, fried. Not one to shy away from a challenge, by the end of this journey I will have acquired an appreciation, or, having given it my best shot, … Continue reading Crunch Time: Tackling Vietnam Soft-Shell Prawns
Vietnam Lunch: the young bloke next to me was eating a plateful of these, with rice. Being of daring spirit and with a yearn to learn, I had to try one too. Delicious! Similar to a Cantonese ham sui gok, it is a light, hollow, doughy “puff” coated in baked rice “bubbles” (a la crispy … Continue reading Crispy Rice ‘Puff’ is Good Stuff
Vietnam lunch is a “one with the lot”. A big queue was happening at this Nha Trang street food stall – building labourers, office workers, they were pulling up on their motor scooters; the family running the stall were working like clockwork, filling take-away containers and ladening plates. They all seemed to be ordering rice … Continue reading Vietnam Lunch is ‘One With The Lot’
Traditional Vietnamese wedding near nha Trang: what an honour to be invited, by Dung to the wedding of one of her work staff. They are so courteous and friendly. Two fun & friendly hours of eating, speeches, eating, singing, eating, hand-shaking, eating, pics, eating …(videos to come)
Chà com tâm is a cold “pie” made with broken rice, cucumber and eggs – this version tastes also of mushrooms and salty fish sauce, adorned with red chillies. It’s like quiche Lorraine … shall we call it “Quiche Nha Trang”? On the topic of “broken rice”, one evening I chatted to an American in … Continue reading Breaking Bread With Broken Rice: “Quiche Nha Trang”
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