Mì Xào Noodles and Grilled Meat – 130 of 365

Mì Xào

Only one week back in Vietnam and any semblance of self control towards food has flown out the window.  Having copious amounts of highly edible and insanely cheap street foods has caused me to fall completely off the calorie counting wagon here.  This must be how people bound by the shackles of some fad diet feel when the temptations of an all you can eat Las Vegas buffet are dangled right before them.  It’s like parking a food truck full of beef empenadas or Philly cheesesteaks outside a Weight Watchers clinic.

The whole time in America, all I craved was a dollar bowl of bún thịt nướng from the old lady in my neighborhood who sets up her little sidewalk stand every morning like clockwork.  While eating my latest bowl of these grilled meats over rice vermicelli, I noticed a new food had been added to her breakfast repertoire while I was gone.  That’s how Vietnam is.   Look  away a few seconds and the cityscape changes right before your eyes.

She saw me scoping out the large platter filled with what we would consider angel hair pasta in the west mixed with chunks of fried tofu and bok choy looking greens.  Whatever it was sure did look tempting, and she called out, “mì xào.  mì xào.”  I repeated it a few times and was sorely disappointed that another 24 hours would have to pass before breakfast time would again arrive.  Do you know how long 24 hours are when waiting for them to pass?  I’m telling you…I am out of control over here praying at all these street food altars, or should I say preying!

The Breakfast Stand

Of course I returned like clockwork the next day, squatted on a six inch high stool and ordered this new breakfast delicacy to at least temporarily quell my street food addiction.  Remember that mì xào in Atlanta consisting of fried noodle triangles topped with assorted meats and starchy sauce?   Yeah, that’s the one.  Well, let’s banish that mess forever from our memories.

Breakfast lady’s mì xào noodles are soft individual pieces not all deep fried  into a single crunchy wedge.   The same sweetly marinated grilled bún thịt nướng meats fully enabling my addiction are served atop these thin noodles.  Rather than the nicely thickened, sweet nuoc cham though, a soy sauce with some red pepper heat accompanies this selection.  Peanuts, oil marinated green onion slices, pickled carrots and crunchy pork rinds round out the dish and not a single one of these accoutrement was served with the Atlanta mì xào.

I now have a serious problem, and that is breakfast only comes one time a day.

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Categories: Vietnamese Food

2 Comments on “Mì Xào Noodles and Grilled Meat – 130 of 365”

  1. no
    April 24, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Very funny. U might wanna add a 4th meal to your routine!!! 🙂

  2. April 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    I love Mì Xào Noodles and Grilled Meat, Thanks

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