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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 […]

Ragu Gà Chicken Ragout – 356 of 365

Even with just a handful of meals remaining before this goal of 365 is reached, Vietnam is still revealing new culinary secrets bite by bite.  I am beginning to think I have only scratched the surface here even after a year of delicious discoveries.  Another twelve months would definitely be in order to even more […]

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 […]

Thịt Kho Tàu Braised Pork Belly – 354 of 365

Since I had ordered the braised pork sticky rice this week, and my sidewalk chef failed to deliver exactly what I wished for, I decided to actually seek out this highly scary, to me at least, pork product. Many moons ago we sampled a vegetarian dish of braised pork made of faux meat.  I marveled […]

Xôi Thịt Kho Sticky Rice With “Pork” – 353 of 365

Let me preface this by saying I did order the sticky rice with pork, but what arrived was only part of the complete dish I had formed in my mind. This xoi sticky rice stand on Yen Phu Street in Hanoi is definitely not a new stop on this food journey, but this particular version most […]

Bò Cuốn Lá Lốt Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves – 352 of 365

Bò Cuốn Lá Lốt Several of our cabin crew asked me if I had yet tried bò cuốn lá lốt.  “Good for health!”  “Very delicious!”  “I like very much!”  They extolled the virtues of this dish while describing the preparation.  Now if one thing has remained constant on this food journey, it’s that if a […]

Xương Cá Fish Bones – 351 of 365

Fish has been largely absent from this food journey.  It’s not that I don’t like fish…quite to the contrary actually.  I just don’t trust the fish in Vietnam all that much.  I’ve seen large slabs of our ocean going friends festering in the hot midday heat at markets and can’t help but wonder if these […]

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 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 […]

Cá Cơm Chiên Bột Fried Fish Pancake – 348 of 365

Cá Cơm Chiên Bột And to think at first I just thought this one was a stack of fried onion pancakes piled high in the metal serving cart on Ngo Tat To Street in Binh Thanh District.  Oh no…Nothing in Vietnam is that simple and naturally what one sees is not what one gets.  For […]