102017Jul

What You Need to Know About Ốc

One thing you need to do in Vietnam is to đi nhậu, or ‘go drinking’ in its basic translation. However, it’s more than that. It’s the act of getting together with friends and celebrating their company for hours on end. Beer and food is always involved along with the loud banter and occasional singing. Sure, it may sound familiar, like your izakaya or tapas or even happy hour for some of you. But no, this tradition, or even obligation I dare say, is usually done street side on those small…

092017Jul

Zipping Through the Streets of Saigon

I don’t always sign up for tours, but one Airbnb’s Experience caught my eye, the Saigon Street Food Fest run by Saigon Extravaganza Tours. A tour which takes place on the back of a scooter whisking you around town. Not only will you see local shops and taste the foods, but you’ll get to experience the traffic first hand, piloted by experienced drivers of course. That sounds like a win win scenario. Although, being Vietnamese myself, I wasn’t sure. For the best spots for food, I had my friends. For…

062017Jul

Oysters Prepared 24 Different Ways

There’s a stretch of Vinh Khanh Street in District 4 where you can lines of stores making seafood for your street eating pleasure. One such place, Chilli, stood out for its offering of oysters prepared in 24 combinations. There was a bit of a hesitation splitting two dozen oysters between the two of us, but as you know, we only live once. Plus, this was a place for nhau, where friends get together for hours of food and beer. There was plenty of time and no need to rush. We…

052017Jul

Venturing Out For Cơm Tấm

You will find signs for cơm tấm, broken rice, all over the streets of Saigon. From small carts with those legendary plastic red chairs to established restaurants luring you in with the sanctity of air conditioning. Either way, to find the best one the advice I got was simply “the one where you can smell the grill a block away.” Under all this scooter exhaust, I thought it would be a challenge. But no. Seriously, you can smell that goodness. No vehicular pollutant was stopping that scent of barbecued pork….

012014Dec

First Look at Street Food

I met up with my friends in the evening. They had spent most of their day with a local tour guide from Hanoi Kids, a clever culture exchange group. They send students along with tourists free of charge to show them the culture and sights of Hanoi. In exchange, the students get to practice their English. Most of them are college students and the brief time I spent with the guide, the more I noticed that with the other groups we ran into. Every so often our guide would run…

152012Dec

Temple Street

Today was a day to start meeting up with old friends and one particular good friend, Ali. We met up at North Garden Restaurant in Sheung Wan. It’s a dim sum place serving everything you expect plus some signature dishes like their sesame balls. These things are filled with hot custard and even though I was warned I still kinda burned myself biting into them. Afterwards we headed to Happy Foot for a foot and back massaged. They separated the ladies, TM and her daughter, and us into separate rooms….

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