Tag Archives: barbecue

Airplane “Chix” – 231 of 365

Have you ever carefully studied a piece of chicken fat?  Go ahead.  Look at that nastiness the next time you see some at the store.  It’s gross.  And I mean seriously gross.  A gelatinous stretchy piece of rubbery film covers other bits of nastiness like cartilage and the random vein here or there.  I had the chance […]

Another Saigon Bún Chả Attempt – 229 of 365

Since I needed to run an errand out by the airport, I decided to run by Van Anh at 36 Hong Ha for some bún chả.  Why not kill two birds with one stone?  And, yes, I know.  You are saying to yourself not another bún chả meal.  These juicy pork patties and crispy strips […]

Grilled Fish Patties and Pork – 221 of 365

Aimlessly wandering around Hue and environs on a motorbike opened up a whole new side of Vietnam.  I am able to go where the tourists would never dare step foot.  About 45 minutes outside the city are some beaches for which I had held high hopes.  Five minutes surveying the trash strewn shores were all […]

Bún Chả Hanoi in Saigon – 215 of 365

Eating a Saigonese rendition of Hanoian bún chả is much like walking into the Carl’s Jr at Vincom Center and expecting a succulent burger hand formed from the finest Wagyu beef that is then grilled to perfection over hot mesquite coals.   Or better yet it’s the equivalent of expecting fully authentic Tuscan cuisine at the […]

Gà Nướng Grilled Chicken – 203 of 365

Hanoi’s Grilled Chicken Street, or more officially Ly Van Phuc Street, is known to be the home of some amazing charred bird.  Since Vietnamese chicken and I just do not get along, skepticism mounted and pessimism reigned as I decided with utmost hesitation to give this block of sidewalk grills a try.  Numerous online articles raved about […]

Phá Lấu Nướng Grilled Innards – 193 of 365

The journey to and from the table for this street food meal proved as interesting as the meal itself.  My new friends Richie and Mimi enjoy street food as much as I and are definitely able to unlock a whole new hidden side of Saigon.  They held the keys to an entire meal of animal […]

Heo Rừng Nướng Grilled Wild Boar – 181 of 365

Picture it…A restaurant down a side street off traffic choked Cach Mang Thang Tam Street deep in Saigon’s District 10.   OK.  So it sounds like anywhere in Saigon, right?   Well, not so fast there for this semi-open air barbecue mecca called Làng Nướng Nam Bộ veers far off the normal trail in the best of […]

Bún Nem Nướng Grilled Pork Noodles – 155 of 365

Wandering around Saigon without agenda is one of the best ways to scope out new foods.   It’s hot, sweaty work in this summertime heat, but somebody’s got to do it.  Just before the bridge into Binh Thanh District at 2/2K Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street is a corner shop house across from the zoo.   Actually […]

Mực Nướng Thái Thai Grilled Squid – 146 of 365

People watching in Saigon always proves a fascinating glimpse into the controlled chaos constantly ebbing and flowing out there in the streets.  While watching the world haphazrdly drift on by at Loan at 37 Ly Tu Trung Street, I noticed the surrounding sidewalks explode into all out panic mode.   I mean this was crazier than […]

Bún Chả – 143 of 365

Is “foodgasm” a word?  If not, someone please tell Mr. Webster to slap these eight letters into his dictionary and to do it quickly.   Foodgasm.  Wow, What a sensory overload food can be. Now before you think I have completely gone off the deep end, hear me out.  Bún chả is probably one of my favorite foods in Vietnam.  No, scratch […]