Here's a few of the interesting street dishes I've found on my wanderings, both alone and with friends, over the past few months.....
'Bánh xèo'. These small rice flour pancakes are cooked in shallow pans (8-10 at a time in the market) with shrimp, pork, shallots and bean sprouts. They're taken by hand and rolled in dry, translucent rice paper, with a heap of leaves, herbs, fresh beansprouts, cucumber, green papaya, banana flower.... into what looks like a huge fat spring roll (I'm still teased about the first time I ate this, when I had to roll it up on my knee - I watched and learned, and now roll deftly in the air like everyone else). Then you dip into a delicious sugary, vinegary, garlicky, chilli-y liquid, which helps to cut through the oiliness of the pancake. It's incredible to watch my teeny tiny colleagues eat these things. I can manage 3 at the most (and I have a good appetite, as you all know...) They can eat 7 or 8, easily. I honestly don't know where it goes. They don't even stop talking.
|This picture is borrowed from http://www.hoian.vn/ - I was so hungry last time I ate it |
that I forgot to take a pic! I'll put my own soon
This street barbeque smelt absolutely amazing. I was a bit unsure when I realised what was sizzling on it, but I didn't let myself wimp out. The marinade was delicious, and I actually enjoyed the small hot crunchy birds. The fresh beer was pretty good too :o)
Well there you go. A few more Vietnamese treats. I hope you enjoyed reading about them as much as I did discovering them.
Now, what to have for tea.... :o)