Feasting in Vietnam

Since everyone enjoyed my Singapore foods post so much, I thought I’d give you another update on the tasty things I’ve been eating in Southeast Asia. I still have another week in Vietnam, but I’ve already eaten so many delicious foods that they deserve their own post. I’ve copied the names from Wikipedia when I can (to get the accents right–there are a lot of accents in written Vietnamese), and if I can’t remember the name or find it online, I just describe it. Grab a napkin to catch your drool, and enjoy!

Pho; Ho Chi Minh City

Pho; Ho Chi Minh City

I’m getting slightly better at chopsticks, and it’s worth it to try, when there are foods like pho to shovel in my mouth.

Pork in coconut milk curry and sticky rice; Ho Chi Minh City

Pork in coconut milk curry and sticky rice; Ho Chi Minh City

Delicious and creamy.

Bánh xèo; Ho Chi Minh City

Bánh xèo; Ho Chi Minh City

Pork and veggies in an egg pancake.

I don't know what this was called, but rice, bean paste, sugar, and a few other things were wrapped up in a waffle and consumed with relish; Can Tho

I don’t know what this was called, but rice, bean paste, sugar, and a few other things were wrapped up in a waffle and consumed with relish; Can Tho

We ate one of these sweet snacks, went to a pho place for dinner, and then on the walk back to the hotel, my friend had another.

Bún thịt nướng with pork spring rolls; Can Tho

Bún thịt nướng with pork spring rolls; Can Tho

This was a refreshing cold dish for lunch. Cold noodles, lots of fresh veggies and herbs underneath, and warm fried spring rolls on top.

Coconut candy; Mekong Delta

Coconut candy; Mekong Delta

We ate the candy warm from the machine and freshly cut, as part of our tour of a small village in the Mekong Delta.

A very spicy Bún bò Huế soup, a delicious pork satay-wrapped-in-veggies dish, fresh spring rolls in a peanut dipping sauce, jackfruit salad; Mon Hue Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City

A very spicy Bún bò Huế soup, a delicious pork satay-wrapped-in-veggies dish, fresh spring rolls in a peanut dipping sauce, jackfruit salad; Mon Hue Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City

I met up with a friend of a friend in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) who wanted to introduce me to the foods of Mon Hue Restaurant, which focuses on the regional specialties of Hue (which is in the middle of the country). She ordered way too much food, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Che ba mau (green mung beans, white black-eyed peas, and red azuki beans in coconut milk); Ho Chi Minh City

Che ba mau (green mung beans, white black-eyed peas, and red azuki beans in coconut milk); Ho Chi Minh City

A substantial dessert drink.

Sweet breads, Ho Chi Minh City

Sweet breads, Ho Chi Minh City

A tasty breakfast that my friend found on his walks around the alleyways near our hostel.

White rose; Hoi An

White rose; Hoi An

A small amount of shrimp in a dumpling, topped with fried onions. The woman who served me said she could give me pork white rose because shrimp generally makes me ill. I’m not convinced what I ate was pork, but I didn’t get sick, so it doesn’t matter.

Pork belly and coconut sticky rice; Hoi An

Pork belly and coconut sticky rice; Hoi An

I celebrated my birthday with friends from the Elephant Nature Park. We went to Morning Glory Street Food Restaurant, which is fancier than its name implies. This pork belly was rubbed in five spices and lighly layered in a caramel sauce. The sticky rice was mixed with shredded coconut. I’m even learning to appreciate cabbage over here, since it often arrives mixed up with carrot but not turned into coleslaw.

Cao lầu; Hoi An

Cao lầu; Hoi An

Apparently the noodles (which you can barely see in this picture, sorry) are only made by one family in Hoi An, so you can only get authentic cao lau here. The noodles are thick and chewy, and you mix it up with greens and pork.

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