Archive | October, 2012

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 […]

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 […]

Taro Milk Tea – 334 of 365

Let’s not even kid ourselves and try to pretend this one is any sort of meal substitute.  It’s delicious sin in a cup, and I am still trying to convince myself this was a proper breakfast.  People back home drink SlimFast liquid shakes so perhaps we can loosely call this a meal.  Let’s just call this […]

Trái Cây Thập Cẩm Mixed Fruit With Syrup – 333 of 365

Wow, something other than noodles and rice!  Not that I am complaining about these starchy staples of Vietnamese cuisine from one end of the country to the other.  Not at all.  Sometimes I do like to mix it up for variety and check out life beyond the same ole same ole.   And for less than […]

Cá Trích Chiên Fried Herring – 332 of 365

Café Chi Em in Hanoi’s Tay Ho neighborhood  is the right kind of joint for rice, meat and a vegetable on the cheap.  These com binh dan joints are a Vietnamese fixture I will truly miss.  With their loosely translated name of rice for the peasants, how can anyone not want to eat here?  And […]

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 […]

Gà Xào Sả Ớt Lemongrass Chicken – 330 of 365

Gà Xào Sả Ớt The Pleiku airport has nourished me more times than I can count with containers of stir fried noodles and fried rice with a greasy sunny side up egg.  By now you’ve probably figured out most eggs generally make a one way trip from my plate to the trash can.  I so […]

Bánh Xếp Gyoza 329 of 365

These little fried dough packages aren’t even remotely Vietnamese, but I did order them by their Vietnamese name.  So does that give this meal any sort of Vietnamese meal street cred at all?  Let’s just answer that with an enthusiastic yes since I ate this one in Vietnam, and it does put us one meal […]

Thịt Thăn Xào Chua Ngọt Sweet and Sour Pork – 328 of 365

Dinner with a couple of coworkers in Hanoi opened my eyes to a new style of pork called thịt thăn xào chua ngọt or pork tenderloin with sweet and sour sauce.  We had settled on Dieu’s Cuisine in the Tay Ho neighborhood and sat down outdoors lakeside in the steamy evening air.  Yes, that Hanoi […]

Cá Mystery Fish – 327 of 365

Torrential rains kept me close to home for lunch and I made my way down a flooded side alley to Café 91 right here in Binh Thanh District.  Of course the doorway to my feeding hole was blocked as usual by motorbikes.  Why can’t people in this country park away from the entrance so that people who […]