Tag Archives: squid

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 […]

Mực Xào Xả Ớt Stir Fry Squid and Chili – 323 of 365

This simple lunch showed me how far I have come on this food journey.  Somehow by osmosis I seem to have picked up a few things along the way about Vietnamese cuisine.  An entire serving cart of food confronted me and oh how I wish this were some sort of buffet where I could just […]

Mực Xào Stir Fry Squid – 254 of 365

Mực xào is no stranger to this food journey, and we’ve sampled it before.  Actually, it crosses my path quite often as it is one of my favorite stir fries over here.  Tender squid, onions, pineapple, cilantro and more take a spin in the wok and the flavor combination brings out the best of spicy, […]

Mực Một Nắng Sun Dried Squid in Phan Thiet – 199 of 365

Mực một nắng or sun dried squid is a Phan Thiet specialty.  The sun’s rays dry the squid a full day before five minutes of grilling complete the seafood’s journey.  Of course when I randomly learned of this local delight, I vowed I would not to leave here without at least sampling it.  And let the […]

Not Just Calamari Anymore

Squid is fast becoming one of my favorite proteins over here.   The abundance of it inspired my latest article for Tuoi Tre newspaper.  Here is a link and the text follows: http://www.tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/city-diary/not-just-calamari-anymore-1.76046 Let’s venture offshore deep into Vietnam’s sparkling seas to take a closer look at an ocean going friend very much at home in […]

Grilled Squid Salad – 170 of 365

Years ago I made a gumbo from scratch requiring me to chop a live crab in half and toss it in the water.  Mr. Crab made eye contact with me and I admit to then having trouble sacrificing him to the food gods.  After about thirty minutes I finally told him sorry as my cleaver whacked through […]

Mực Xào Thơm Stir Fry Squid and Pineapple – 156 of 365

Rainy season thoroughly squashed my plans to venture on foot deep into Saigon’s street food scene.  As is de rigeur in Vietnam when something craps out, you just make do with the next best thing.  A box of takeaway from Café 91 next to my apartment on Nguyen Huu Canh came to my street food rescue just before […]

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 […]

Bánh Xèo Vietnamese Pancakes – 26 of 365

Truon Son Street near the airport is so jam packed with narrow storefronts we can forgive someone for missing something.  No matter how many times I pass on by going to work, something new catches my eye.  My Vietnamese food guru, Anthony, suggested we head to a joint at 14 Truong Son where I could try some local […]