Tag Archives: fish sauce

Bún Thịt Nướng Chả Giò Grilled Pork, Spring Rolls and Noodles – 364 of 365

As far as almost final Vietnamese meals go, this one is about as unlike anything I will find in America as they come.  And that is a great thing.  I do want to end this food journey with some memorable yet far from whacky selections.  Bún thịt nướng chả giò is a who’s who of […]

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 […]

Bánh Khọt Shrimp Pancakes – 131 of 365

The narrow alleyway next to my apartment tower is a portal to another world so different from my westernized highrise compound.   Walking a few steps beyond this sanitized confine transports me to another world so far removed from mine culturally that I can’t help but gawk and stare at times.  The best part of this […]

Cà Ri Mực Curry Squid – 123 of 365

Finally, we once again sample Vietnamese food as it should be in its natural habitat.  Proper glorious Vietnamese food…   Amazing amounts of Vietnamese food everywhere…  I think you get the picture.  Being back home in Saigon searching out meals off the tourist trail has certainly put me back in my element after our detour through the […]

Bún Gà Xào Sả ớt in America – 118 of 365

With an unusually strong craving for a grilled pork chop over rice driving me back to Atlanta’s Buford Highway, I entered Lee’s Bakery at #4005 under the same cloudlike haze as Homer Simpson dreaming about a doughnut.  If this had been a cartoon, you would have seen the words “Mmmmm. Pork chop” shimmering inside a […]

Fish Sauce . . . The Vietnamese Ketchup?

http://www.tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/city-diary/fish-sauce-the-vietnamese-ketchup-1.64038 This is my latest article in the Tuoi Tre newspaper here in Vietnam. If the link doesn’t work for you, below is the text: One of the greatest joys of living abroad is constant exposure to food ingredients so different from back home.  Some tantalize our senses and bring pure eating joy to the […]

Proper Clay Pot Cooking – 63 of 365

Alright, who’s in the mood for some proper clay pot cooking?   Forget that caramel chicken mess thrown into its sad room temperature bowl from last week down in the backpackers district.  Oh, you’re asking what the heck is clay pot food?  Well follow me to Com 37 at 37 Ly Tu Trong and we will sample a most proper $1.50 […]

Fried Rice With Ocean Pieces – 12 of 365

The dish is actually crab fried rice but some of my Vietnamese friends have in the past referred to it as “fried rice with ocean pieces.”  I rather like their name better as it conjures up a little more local color.   Our cabin crew call ahead to Phu Quoc Island prior to our departure from Saigon and about 45 minutes later […]

Baby Steps into the Cuisine – 10 of 365

A coworker’s restaurant cooking up the local specialties is a short taxi ride away from the westernized world of my apartment tower.  What better place to really jumpstart a culinary journey deep into Vietnam than at a restaurant owned by an acquantance who can walk me through the cuisine.  This morning my friend Crystal and I set out to try something […]