Failing to read the menu properly can certainly get you into a sticky situation…
Blood Jelly was one of the original delicacies I had investigated for my
Vietnam List, but had somehow lucked (or chickened) out of trying.
So, when I ordered the Spicy Pork Noodle Soup from one of my favourite Vietnamese haunts,
Dong Ba on Hopkins st Footscray, I thought nothing of it.
Hot Vit Lon…
Or foetal”unborn” duck eggs are rather popular in Vietnam.
An excellent recommendation from our guide in Dalat was to try “Nem Nuong”…
A do it yourself type arrangement, Nem Nuong is served as BBQ pork strips with crispy pork skin, pickled salad veggies, Vietnamese herbs (mint, coriander etc), garlic and red onions and rice paper.
You basically throw all the ingredients into the rice paper, constructing them into hand rolls yourself, then dip them into a satay style sauce.
A great blend of tastes, and judging how busy the restaurant was at 4pm in low season it’s quite a popular dish!
Next challenge is to find some in Melbourne or move to Dalat
Well after waxing lyrical about weasel poo coffee we tried some!
We were in Dalat, in the south-east inland mountain area of Nam, on a day trip to the countryside…
I often find myself thinking of the humble garden snail and French people when I think of snails that you eat…
Down here in Mui Ne on the south-east coast of Vietnam they are quite the delicacy and are rather delicious!
So we’re in Hoi An… And about to leave which is a shame as it’s a fantastic place!
In case you were wondering not everything we eat here is for a challenge, we’ve had some amazingly
normal tasty dishes since arriving.
2 in particular that
were on the list were astoundingly great!
Blogging on the go…
Easy to do in Vietnam since free wi-fi is everywhere, but hard to do when you’re constantly moving from place to place trying to see and do everything…
Our first meal (brekkie).
Pho of course!
Mmm… Beefy broth, rice noodles, spices, herbs and tender beef…
Beef Pho (Pho Bo)
I’ve entered a pho-coma
Pho is a delicious… no INSANELY DELICIOUS soup, and can be prepared in many different ways. Most commonly in Melbourne it’s referred to as Pho Bo (Beef), Pho Ga (Chicken) or a vegetarian variety (I don’t bother with vego as the broth is made from beef anyway), and the essential make-up of the dish is
generally the same.
A couple of interesting videos on Weasel Poo Coffee… courtesy of
JourneyWithJason via YouTube
Guide talks about “Weasel Poo” coffee
Though this one makes me sad… they are so cute and can’t have much quality of life… paying sh*tloads for a cup of coffee from a caged animal doesn’t sit too well with me…
Touring small “Weasel Poo” coffee operation
I’ll have to find a “Free range” version…