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Mực Xào Dưa Chua Squid and Pickled Mustard Greens – 347 of 365

An ordinary lunch at Com 31 in District 1 became an extraordinary feast for all my senses.  I looked around the room and it was just business as usual for all the Vietnamese but for me it was anything but.  Living longterm in Vietnam can make even the most adventurous amongst oblivious to the things […]

Cuốn Diếp Lettuce Rolls with Prawn and Pork – 346 of 365

These are about as close to dietetic as a rolled up food comes.   They are also about as tasteless as a food can be.  The sauce is where the flavor’s at, but of course being made of peanuts, it gave me great pause. Try as I might, I just couldn’t help but wonder what all […]

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 […]

Ép Cóc Ambarella Juice – 344.5 of 365

This fruit juice was more snack than meal and as such warrants only a spot in between regular food finds.  So why don’t we just call it 344.5 of 365?  Why even bother including it then you surely must be asking by now.  Well, this being Vietnam, naturally even something as simple as ordering a […]

Bánh Cuốn Nóng Rice Batter Pancakes – 344 of 365

A coworker asked me if I had yet tried bánh cuốn from the street.  I said I had not had any of this northern specialty from the street but had sampled some on board the plane and at a hotel.  A seriously sad look washed over her face as she proceeded to tell me these […]

Gà Chiên Mật Ong Honey Wings – 343 of 365

A friend and I wanted to veer a little bit off the beaten path in terms of food so we ordered frog legs stir fried in coconut milk.  Unfortunately, the waitress returned ten minutes later to explain, “cannot!”  Man, I just wanted my exotic food on this rare occasion I was feeling adventurous.  And it took her that […]

Bò Xào Hành Sa Tế Satay Beef And Onion – 342 of 365

Sometimes after a long day of flying a guy just wants to kick it at home without venturing back out, especially when the alarm clock is set for o’dark thirty the next morning.   And sometimes a guy just wants to kick it without even venturing 20 feet to the kitchen to prepare even the simplest spaghetti meal.  […]

Bếp Chay Thanh Nhẹ Deep Fried Cassava Pastry – 341 of 365

Bếp Chay Thanh Nhẹ I keep telling myself these grease soaked batter balls have got to be better than a breakfast combo at McDonald’s.  I mean, how bad can a handful of fried dough pieces be?  Well, judging by the lard grease slick in the plastic bag, I shudder to think what sort of hit […]

Bò Sốt Cay Hong Kong Spicy Beef – 340 of 365

The game plan was simple.  I’d undertake one of my long megawalks and search out the latest and greatest in street food.  I’d then drop a pin in a Google map on my Iphone and send the location to a friend who’d then meet me.  Well, even the best laid plans sometimes go awry, and […]

Há Cảo Chinese Dumplings – 339 of 365

The lettering on the modified motorbike turned food cart invited the hungry to a breakfast of há cảo.  Having no idea what these two simple monosyllabic words meant, I walked right up and took my place amongst a small crowd jockeying for position.  I figured if people were this anxious to grab a taste, this must be […]