Category Archives: vietnam

Chili beer!

Here’s a really interesting beer that I found in Hanoi as we were leaving.  I like beer, I like chilies, and it sounded quite strange so of course I had to buy it.  After purchasing, I was happily surprised to find a real chili (serrano I believe) floating inside.  I was even more surprised when [...]

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Excellent Hanoi fish

This is a famous fish dish from Cha Ca La Vong restaurant in Hanoi. It is the only dish they serve although serve is used rather loosely here since the patrons end up doing the cooking. I must admit, this fish was extremely tasty–my best meal in Vietnam. A simple mix of fish with dill [...]

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Sea cucumber soup

Well, I just posted about  and now I had a chance to try them myself. Interesting, but I won’t be seeking them out again. This dish was at a fancy Chinese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. First of all the texture wasn’t too appealing. A bit crunchy and a bit rubbery with some [...]

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Rose apple tree

Pictured here is a rose apple tree. Rose apples, called chompuu [ชมพู่] in Thai, are very common when in season around here. A tasty fruit, they are very juicy with a firm flesh, but not too sweet. I have never seen them in the US. Supposedly it grows quite easily and is almost considered a [...]

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Jackfruit vendor

Here’s another jackfruit street operation.  this one’s from Vietnam and you can see the vendor preparing jackfruit for somebody.  No need for a shop, just set up anywhere along the street and start to sell you wares.  Sometimes you’ll see a mass exodus, though, as the police walk by and the illegal vendors don’t feel [...]

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Tasty fish in Vietnam

Check out these before and after shots of a tasty fish we had beside the Mekong river in Vietnam.  Nothing too special to note of the fish-just your typical asian fried fish-but I was really intrigued by the fish holder.  It makes breaking off pieces of meat a lot more fun than the usual task [...]

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Tapioca

Here’s something plain but interesting. I think most of us have heard of tapioca, but maybe not had much experience with it. The only real experience I can recall is of tapioca pudding when I was younger. Anyway, here is the actual root in all it’s boring glory. This food is similar to a potato [...]

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Vietnamese snails

Here are some snails we order in Ho Chi Minh City. An interesting food, but I’m not a big snail lover in the first place and these certainly did sway me. I suppose not too bad, but I always find snails a bit rubbery. Maybe I have just never had any good ones. Anyway, there [...]

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