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Fresh Herbs and Beef

Phở Bò Beef Noodle Soup – 365 of 365

Phở.  Yes, phở.  Phở is our final stop on this diverse food journey.  What’s that?  You were expecting something a little more exotic like marinated pig bladder or five flavors chicken tongue for the grand finale?  Actually I am not even sure if those are edible parts of our barnyard friends, but I am going […]

Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò

Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò Grilled Pork, Spring Rolls and Noodles – 364 of 365

As far as almost final Vietnamese meals go, this one is about as unlike anything I will find in America as they come.  And that is a great thing.  I do want to end this food journey with some memorable yet far from whacky selections.  Bún thịt nướng chả giò is a who’s who of […]

Korean Style Beef

Thịt Bò Xào Kiểu Hàn Quốc Korean Style Beef – 359 of 365

Seeing how the Vietnamese kitchen interprets tough chewy chunks of beef with recipes supposedly from other lands is always a feast for the senses. While downtown with a friend on the hunt for the world’s tackiest souvenir, a brief shower of rain just about gave us the world’s biggest soaking. We ducked into Parksons Department Store […]

Cua Rang

Cua Rang Fried Crabs – 358 of 365

We can’t arrive at meal number 365 without some final attempts at uncovering culinary weirdness, can we?  Well, I do suppose weirdness is in the eye of the beholder.  These cua rang, fried crabs, might very well be mainstream and normal in Hanoi on the side of the road heaped in a bowl awaiting the […]

Đậu Sốt Cà Chua

Đậu Sốt Cà Chua Tofu and Tomatoes – 357 of 365

In Saigon a common lunchtime dish all across town is a large slab of meat stuffed tofu drenched in a tangy, fishy tomato sauce.  A work trip to Hanoi introduced me to its cousin, đậu sốt cà chua.  I suppose this one could fall into that ever favorite saying of Vietnamese people…”Same, same but different.”  These friend […]

Xôi Mặn

Xôi Mặn Sticky Rice with Shrimp, Pork and Egg – 355 of 365

Xôi Mặn Unlike other sticky rice breakfasts in Saigon, this one is more savory than sweet.  Cutting the sugar and adding spice created something I rather enjoyed quite nicely.  This sidewalk delight bought off the back of a cart is a who’s who of everything possible out in the wild streets. Actually, let me back […]

Bánh Canh Cua Ốc

Bánh Canh Cua Ốc Crab and Snail Noodle Soup – 349 of 365

How could anyone not want to eat here?  A basic black and white tattered piece of paper straight off a printer advertising what’s on offer…a woman crammed in between a boiling cauldron and her food preparation table…squat stools lining the sidewalk between the muddy street and a rundown concrete building…a steady flow of people who […]

Cuốn Diếp

Cuốn Diếp Lettuce Rolls with Prawn and Pork – 346 of 365

These are about as close to dietetic as a rolled up food comes.   They are also about as tasteless as a food can be.  The sauce is where the flavor’s at, but of course being made of peanuts, it gave me great pause. Try as I might, I just couldn’t help but wonder what all […]

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Bánh Cuốn Nóng Rice Batter Pancakes – 344 of 365

A coworker asked me if I had yet tried bánh cuốn from the street.  I said I had not had any of this northern specialty from the street but had sampled some on board the plane and at a hotel.  A seriously sad look washed over her face as she proceeded to tell me these […]

Bếp Chay Thanh Nhẹ

Bếp Chay Thanh Nhẹ Deep Fried Cassava Pastry – 341 of 365

Bếp Chay Thanh Nhẹ I keep telling myself these grease soaked batter balls have got to be better than a breakfast combo at McDonald’s.  I mean, how bad can a handful of fried dough pieces be?  Well, judging by the lard grease slick in the plastic bag, I shudder to think what sort of hit […]

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