Blood is thicker than Pho

Blood is thicker than Pho

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.

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Nem Nuong… Nom nom nom

Nem Nuong… Nom nom nom

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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

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Bahn Cuon and Canh Chua Ca oh my!

Bahn Cuon and Canh Chua Ca oh my!

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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!

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