Another pleasing fact during my travel in Vietnam was the availability of fresh fruit and veggies where ever you go! Of course the markets offer the biggest variety at one place, anyway you can get fresh stuff mostly everywhere and it is fresh, not travelled around half of the globe and get only ripe while in transit. Must confess I am really jealous of these countries with so much fresh and tasty things to eat!
Vietnam isn’t only a country that has an immense coastline, it has a lot of inland stretches of water and rivers as well. The Mekong is probably the most famous one, running from China, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Thailand, Cambodia to Vietnam where it unloads its muddy freight into the South China Sea. Saigon is a good place to make a tour to the delta region of the Mekong which is a very busy area, where business is done on the […]
So it is puffed rice. It’s done by roast the paddy in a wok style pan together with sand to distribute the heat better. Than the popped rice is parted from the sand by a sieve and the peelings are fluttered away. One step to make a sweet out of it is to mix it with peanuts and caramel to make candy bars.
Phu Quoc, the island in the south of Vietnam is famous for two ingredients of many Local dishes: pepper and fish sauce. While you can visit both, pepper farms as well as fish sauce plants, you can only take home the pepper by plane from Phu Quoc as Vietnam Airlines refuses any of these bottles to be carried in you luggage, they even screen for it, as a broken bottle can nearly impose an emergency landing due to the awful […]
Transport has been covered as a topic recently, so again, some musings about what I experinced while travelling along in Vietnam. To my perception this country is moving fast forward. Too fast? I can’t judge on that, just what I see reinforces what I saw in China this year. These countries and for me Vietnam even more than China are buzzing by the energy that is driving them towards a future that seems a bit uncertain to me, if glorious […]
We ended up at the Nhà hàng Chả Cá Thăng Long after exploring Hoàn Kiếm district. This restaurant only serves Chả Cá. Chả Cá is a dish that is a specialty in Hanoi consisting of shallow fried fish, dill, veggies and is served with rice noodles. The restaurant itself is quite simple. You just have to order drinks, as the hot pan with fish in it will arrive soon on the heater on your table when you sit down. And […]
Just arrived back to Hanoi from a trip to Halong Bay. It was a wonderful trip and not only the scenic view of the small islands which are an United Nations World Heritage, but the drive from Hanoi to Halong Bay itself. When leaving the city of Hanoi you never really leave it, it’s becoming more or less dense populated and the number of buildings along the route changes. Halong Bay itself is a busy touristic place, at land as […]
Phở bò is one of the most popular specialities of Vietnam. It constists of noodles, beef or chicken and broth. It is done in a specific way, first the cooked noodles, then the meat and hot stock ladled over at the last minute and with the garnishes served alongside. I saw people in Vietnam eating phở for breakfast, lunch and dinner, even in between, there is no time without phở! And of course there are new inventions along as well! […]