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Old 02-20-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Vietnam food thread!

Alright, I don't see a lot of activity in here maybe I can draw some of you out with a food thread.

I'm back in Vietnam after almost 7 years and I forgot how much I love the food here. I'll use this thread to post pics of some of my favorite or interesting foods of Vietnam.

Pho is probably my favorite dish in Vietnam, I can eat it anytime breakfast, lunch or dinner, it's just so good. I've traveled in the north, middle, and south of Vietnam and I love to experience the different interpretations on this staple dish of Vietnam.

I'm not a big fan of seafood so it's no surprise my eating tastes favor the north where Pho originates.

Here is a historic (note the date) Pho restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). My father in law ate here back in the day so eating here has some meaning for me. He says the place hasn't changed much.






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Old 02-20-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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I truly enjoyed the VN food. The Loon Foon Restaurant in Long Binh had the best won ton soup I ever tasted. I couldn't get enough of that stuff. Nothing stateside has ever comes close.

The green bananas and the small seedy watermelons were another favorite.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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Last night we arrived in HCMC and got a quick pizza for dinner. Not very Vietnamese but good non the less. This morning we had breakfast in our hotel and was given some Pho with noodle and beef. It was good! I did not have my camera with me, but we are here for 5 weeks. Pictures will follow as we experience more local foods.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:50 PM   #4
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I just came back from a moto tour this past January and discovered 3 great dishes.

If youre in Hanoi, you gotta try Bun Cha. It's charbroiled ground pork patty, lettuce, herbs, rice noodles and you drown them in a fish type sauce. Its excellent.

Then you gotta try Xoi Xeo. It's sticky rice, with fried mung beans, shredded chicken all covered in fried shallots. It's so great, Im willing to bend my bad knees sitting on little red plastic chairs.

3rd, if youre with company (or really really hungry) sweet and sour hotpot is AWESOME.
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My next favorite dish is Hu Tieu, a pork noodle soup with the usual herbs, spices, and greens. A big bowl of Hu Tieu, as are most of the noodle dishes here, is satisfying and filling and chok full of antioxidants as well.



The main course is followed up with some home made mint yogurt (pictured in the background). Yum!
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I just came back from a moto tour this past January and discovered 3 great dishes.

If youre in Hanoi, you gotta try Bun Cha. It's charbroiled ground pork patty, lettuce, herbs, rice noodles and you drown them in a fish type sauce. Its excellent.

Then you gotta try Xoi Xeo. It's sticky rice, with fried mung beans, shredded chicken all covered in fried shallots. It's so great, Im willing to bend my bad knees sitting on little red plastic chairs.

3rd, if youre with company (or really really hungry) sweet and sour hotpot is AWESOME.
Thanks for the suggestion, your first 2 are not familiar to me. In the south we like the catfish hotpots. I'm not a big fan of catfish in practice but in this particular setting I find it quite tasty. I'll try to post some hot pot pics later.

Keep em coming folks. Don't be afraid to post pics.
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Im following this thread. I love what I know of Vietnamese food. Little Saigon here in Seattle is full of inexpensive and amazing food. It makes me want to visot and ride there.
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Thanks for the suggestion, your first 2 are not familiar to me. In the south we like the catfish hotpots. I'm not a big fan of catfish in practice but in this particular setting I find it quite tasty. I'll try to post some hot pot pics later.

Keep em coming folks. Don't be afraid to post pics.
On our 16 day ride, one of the days we took a break in Sapa. I randomly asked the hotel owner behind the counter if she knew of anything like a cooking clinic or class, and she offered for her niece to show us out of kindness. I was completely floored. She took us to the market to buy all the ingredients to make sweet and sour hotpot, everyone in the group pitched in to buy the ingredients. Then back at the hotel kitchen, she and her staff had us all huddle around as we watch and listen to the methods and instruction with what to do with all the ingredients. It was probably our best meal of the entire trip as a group.

Here are some photos courtesy of Taka, on of my buddies on the trip.













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Im following this thread. I love what I know of Vietnamese food. Little Saigon here in Seattle is full of inexpensive and amazing food. It makes me want to visot and ride there.
Do it. Its not expensive. Go for the ride, the scenery, the culture and people, and the food.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:37 AM   #9
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Nice pics, shinbone! I love the area north of Hanoi, wish I coulda made it to Sa Pa last time I was in the north.

Here we have Bun Bo Hue, a spicy beef noodle soup.



*sorry for the bad iPhone pics.

If you haven't caught on I love spicy foods which is probably why Vietnamese food resonates with me. Still, I miss out on a lot of the food as I don't eat a lot of seafood which seems to the bulk of the diet in the south.

Maybe some of you seafood lovers can share some of your favorite foods here.
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Old 02-25-2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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okay, I have a proper foto of Pho now. This is from my local Pho shop and it's the epitome of the taste for me. Clear fragrant broth, fresh noodles and herbs. And they have the proper condiments for the meal as well. I will eat here often during my stay in Vinh Long.

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Old 02-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #11
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You do get around . . . . . . .

Last you were on my radar I was lurking your trip south and back which was excellent BTW . . . . . . . .

I too live in Seattle right next door to Liittle Saigon; Excellent Pho, and Vietnamese restaurants abound here . . . . . .

Also, would like to travel to Vietnam . . . . . . Uhmmm, how would you compare the cost of accommodations between Vietnam and a country of your choice in Central/South America, of relative value? ? ?

Do you have hassles getting a "fair" rate for accomidations in Vietnam ? ? ?

Well, I'm dating myself, but back in the late 80's & early 90's(when I lived in SE Asia) I heard first hand accounts of price gouging or the "skin tax" that (white) foreigners paid for their stay in Vietnam - So I never visited . . . . .

Haven't researched it, and not sure what the current situation is . . . . . . .



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Vietnam is considerably cheaper than Latin America imo. I have family here so my experience is quite a bit different than the typical tourist. If you travel to the touristy places you may get a gringo tax but I don't think it's enough to be bothered about. A bowl of Pho costs about $1 here so you may get charged a $1.25. India seemed worse to me in this regard but it still wasn't enough to be bothered about.

I'm usually with my wife when I go to the touristy places so we pay as close as you can pay to local prices, she is an American afterall. When I'm on my own I'm usually in off the beaten track places and the people have always treated me fairly and are quite generous.

I'm staying in our house in Vinh Long now and like it here. There's not a lot of tourism here and those who do come stay on the river for the most part. I'm quite the novelty riding around town on my bike.
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Its not skin tax. I'm constantly mistaken for Viet until they hear me speaking English. Any foreigner visiting will get charged the tourist rate. But, even tho I do get charged higher prices, its still loads cheaper than the US. Occasionally I'll get some astronomical price on something and I'll just smile and move on.
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Bánh ướt - Bánh ướt (literally "wet cakes"), is a Vietnamese thin pancake wrapper[1] consisting of rice noodle sheets, eaten with nước chấm, fried shallots, and a side of chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage).

I am lucky to have this stand a few doors down from my house, I eat here a few days a week.







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This is at Bay Bong in Chau Doc. Clay pot fish and a pot of soup of assorted vegetables. This is the best tasting cat fish I've ever had.



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