Archive | August, 2012

Macaroni, Beef, and Egg Stir Fry – 266 of 365

One of the best perks of living in Saigon is the never ending circus out in the streets.  Walking around here never gets old and a very early morning walk took me deep into a part of Binh Thanh District I had yet to explore.  Turning left onto a side street I had always assumed led […]

Bánh Canh Trảng Bàng Pork Noodle Soup – 265 of 365

In a land where the choices seem to be mostly soup or more soup, soup can get old quite fast.  This is especially true in Hanoi where 90% of the diet seems to be beef soup of some sort.  OK, that is an exaggeration but somewhat close to the truth.  At least here in Saigon […]

Sâm Bổ Lượng Take Two – 264 of 365

We just sampled an improper sâm bổ lượng that personified the antithesis of truth in advertising.  It was missing half of the ingredients that make a sâm bổ lượng a proper sâm bổ lượng.  Also, those chunky ice cubes made mixing those very same not so tasty ingredients a difficult task indeed.  I couldn’t finish that insipid […]

Sâm Bổ Lượng Sweet Soup – 263 of 365

This semi liquid lunch was just weird all around.  The same girl that has brought so much irritation with the passion fruit flavored soy drink has once again struck again.  A small mob was overwhelming her little stand on the 4th floor of Parkson’s in District 1, and anyone with a set of eyes could […]

Xôi Gấc Orange Sticky Rice – 262 of 365

Had you told me six months ago that I would buy breakfast off a decrepit bicycle fully exuding dirtiness, I’d have told you that you are nuts.  Fast forward to now and my tastes have evolved and my inhibitions have dropped enough to allow me sample some cuisine that gives meals on wheels a whole […]

Bắp Xào Tôm Corn Cakes and Shrimp – 261 of 365

Towards the end of one of my three hour walks I passed a pushcart on Ngo Tat To Street in Binh Thanh District that seemed to be the hottest drive through in town.  Several motorbikes were jockeying for position on the already limited sidewalk real estate and thus blocking my passage. If you can’t beat […]

Bánh Mì Chili Dog – 260 of 365

On my all too frequent trips to the airport, a place called Banh Mi Bistro at 76 Vo Thi Sau Street in District 1 has made me more curious every time I drive by.  Large signs out front advertise hot dogs and more and these pictorial displays of American gut bombs bombarding the neighborhood seem so […]

Pork Ribs – 259 of 365

For 9 months now I have walked past a food joint whose signboard really offers no name at 14B9A Ngo Tat To Street in the Binh Thanh District, and since December the wonderful smell of grill smoke has elevated my hunger.  Those wonderful plumes of oily goodness wafting all over the sidewalk finally drew me in for […]

Hanoi Airport Sandwich – 258 of 365

Airports in America have the usual suspects such as Burger King, McDonald’s and even the occasional Taco Bell.   With the exception of a few Burger Kings at Saigon’s international terminal, the choices here are local food everywhere else.   As long as you like local food no worries at all.   But even this local food is done […]

Bò Bía Chinese Sausage and Jicama Rolls – 257 of 365

A Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger at Carl’s Jr weighs in at a disgusting 1060 calories and 72 grams of fat according to the corporate website.   A chili cheese fry’s 46 grams of fat bust guts even more all across America with another girth enhancing calorie bomb.  We all saw the smelly disaster I brought […]