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Monday, June 23

Vietnamese pigeon

starter: sweet potato soup

 Sunset party on the liner deck: fried spring roll and Vietnamese wine

Oh to travel! And to eat. Somehow I neglected saying anything about what I ate in Vietnam last week. Food on board Glory Cruise was not far in taste with what I am used to. Thailand and Vietnam are neighbors after all.

Our very first meal preceded the food adventure we did that evening. We joined locals on sidewalk mini stools in the Old Quarter as we explored the menu. I had beef noodles which was yummy. But my friend was brave. She ordered fried pigeon which was served with, and I quote her, "head, beak and feet intact."

 crazy girlfriends

The server, after asking where we are from, was friendly, "our president was in the Philippines last week." And to that one of us replied, "Indeed. Talking partnership, eh?" "China," he smiled and took our order.

I observed my friend eating like a pro and wondered if her appetite had anything to do with how she can stitch a lacerated forehead or extract a cyst at work (girl's a doc). She encouraged me to try and I only released a frustrated croak, "fly away! skyline pigeon fly..."  I'd rather stick to art museums.

But I have no problem trying anything else. Here's a list of  13 Vietnamese dishes that you may want to try if you haven't already.  I have tasted nos. 1-6, 8 and 10, and I would love to eat them again, except number 10. My faves are nos. 1-3.

1.  Pho beef noodles in salty broth with herbs

2.  Chao Tom grilled shrimp in sugarcane stick

3.  Goi Cuon (spring rolls) pork, prawn, vegetables, rice vermicelli wrapped in rice paper

4.  Rau muong stir fried river weed (morning glory) seasoned with garlic

5.  Bahn koht dainty, little pancakes made of coconut milk, shrimp, mung beans and spring onions with dried shrimp flakes as topping

6.  Nom hoa chuoi  banana flowers, green papaya, carrots, cilantro and chicken with peanuts and salty fish sauce dressing

7.  Bo la lot grilled ground beef wrapped in betel leaf 

8.  Ca tim kho to diced and sauteed eggplant with tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar and minced meat

9.  Xoi glutinous rice mixed with chicken or pork and preserved eggs topped with dried shallots 

10. Ga nuong barbecued honey marinated chicken legs, wings and feet

11. Com chay (vegetarian) rice crispies with mock meat like fake rubbery snails

12. Banh mi baguette filled with cheese, cold cuts, pickled vegetables, sausage, fried egg, fresh cilantro and chili sauce

13. Dau phu sot ca chua (tofu in tomato sauce) fried soy in fresh tomato and spring onion coating, seasoned with fresh herbs


  1. Oh Hazel, this is a perfect post for BLUE MONDAY. I love all the blues. Why, even your telephone is blue! Thanks for playing today.

    Happy Blue Monday!

  2. It looks quite yummy. Happy Blue Monday

  3. Lot's of lovely blues, and yummy looking soup!

  4. Hi Hazel
    Trying all the new foods has got to be one of the most pleasurable parts of travelling, I wish I was more adventurous, just look at the fantastic (carrot?) flower, I'd be with you with the head, beak and feet of pigeon, in the way too adventurous for me category!!!
    Wren x

  5. These blues are wonderful! I like the look of the sweet potato soup. I would not wish to eat a pigeon. Ewwwww........! I see the little birds outside my work window. I would feel terrible eating them!
    Enjoy the week and Happy Blue Monday!

  6. I need to get more have eaten very little

  7. Oh, the food looks and sounds awesome. I wish I was with you.

  8. I always get confused when ordering Asian food. Best for me to go to a buffet and "see" what I like.

  9. I think your line "I'd rather stick to art museums" says it all, LOL. I am not an adventurous eater, so very little here that tempts me. Some sounded good until other ingredients were added, like the coconut milk pancakes -- hold the shrimp and onions and your on. ☺ My T13: Evening Walk No. 1

  10. I don't know that I have ever had this type of food. Hmm. Something to try, if I can find it in the rolling hills of ol' Virginny.

  11. Oh...I learn a lot from your T13!

  12. I'd try the vegetarian dishes, but not the rubbery snail one :)


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