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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 […]

Bún Chả Huế

Bún Chả Huế Hue Noodle Soup – 350 of 365

Long ago I threw up the white flag of surrender in finding Hanoi style bún chả here in Saigon.  Perhaps a bowl of succulent pork belly and soft ground pork medallions just doesn’t exist south of the 17th Parallel mid Vietnam. My never ending hunt for a decent plate of food led me to a new dish supposedly coming from a […]

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 […]

Mì Thái Xào

Mì Thái Xào Pad Thai – 345 of 365

Thinking back to all my trips to Thailand, I can’t say that I ever had pad Thai in its native habitat.  I’ve had it coast to coast in the US of course and have even attempted to make it at home from a boxed mix and some frozen chicken breasts.  The sauce in my prefab version […]

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Mì Quảng Quang Noodle Soup – 338 of 365

Yes, we’ve stopped along the way already to sample this broth and noodle dish popularly known as mì Quảng.  One at Binh Thanh Market was passable; another attempt from a restaurant in town was truly deplorable.  Much like my quest for bun cha, finding the perfect bowl of mì Quảng in Saigon has been quite […]

Grilled Pork

One Final Bún Chả – 336 of 365

One final bowl of bún chả and finally some success after all those failed attempts in Saigon!  Of course I had to travel to Hanoi for a decent meal, but that’s ok.  Since I had to spend the night in Hanoi for work anyhow, I figured why not make the best of it and have […]

Saturday's Soup

Lunch Lady on Saturday – 335 of 365

The Lunch Lady made famous by Anthony Bourdain serves a day of the week specific meal deep in a residential neighborhood off Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street on the fringes of District 1.  Almost six months have passed since one of her soups has passed between my lips.  My how time flies.  Suddenly I realized […]

Mì Vịt Tiềm

Mì Vịt Tiềm Braised Duck and Noodles – 331 of 365

Mì Vịt Tiềm In Saigon a metal serving cart with skinned ducks hanging upside down is nothing worthy of stopping traffic.  This scene plays out anywhere and everywhere but my dinner plate.  That is until this meal in Binh Thanh District at 84 Nguyen Van Loc Street landed duck right before me.  I worked up the […]

Bún Chả

More Bad Bún Chả in Saigon – 325 of 365

Insanity:  doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Albert Einstein had this concept figured out nicely in his quote there.  Why can’t I seem to learn what he found to be so evident?  A decent bún chả just does not exist in Saigon so why do I subject myself to […]

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