Tag Archives: noodles

Phở Bò Beef Noodle Soup – 365 of 365

Phở.  Yes, phở.  Phở is our final stop on this diverse food journey.  What’s that?  You were expecting something a little more exotic like marinated pig bladder or five flavors chicken tongue for the grand finale?  Actually I am not even sure if those are edible parts of our barnyard friends, but I am going […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mì Quảng Quang Noodle Soup – 338 of 365

Yes, we’ve stopped along the way already to sample this broth and noodle dish popularly known as mì Quảng.  One at Binh Thanh Market was passable; another attempt from a restaurant in town was truly deplorable.  Much like my quest for bun cha, finding the perfect bowl of mì Quảng in Saigon has been quite […]

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 […]