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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Eating everywhere and everything

In Vietnam, eating out is an experience. It is always joyful, relaxing and full of surprises! The flavours of dishes are enhanced with fresh (read 'uncooked') vegetables which add to the taste of soups and meats in the most psychedelic ways. Granted they say its best to take your Hepatitis A shots and with bird flu around, avoid chicken, duck and quails, but when the scent of Vietnamese dishes waft by you, you just can't resist, no matter what is served (reptiles, dogs and cats excluded!)



They sit on the tiniest stools and sup on the tiniest morsels, watching the world go by. This is the morning crowd, having breakfast before going into office. Impeccably dressed, they sit daintly on the stools, unperturbed they are so close to the ground. The same scene is repeated for tea, lunch, tea, dinner, tea... somehow tea and coffee-breaks never does end.

i asked for pho bo (beef noodles) but i got pho ba (chicken)! Must i consume this? What shall i do? ['think - bird flu....']

A tiny kitchen will do. The sooty walls add to the flavours; the handmade noodles and the chunks of unknown meats inevitably gets tastier in this sort of environment. They say, the grubbier the place, the more tasty the meal.


IN THE BEGINNING
This is how a meal begins - a multiplicity of bowls, vegetables, sauces and stuff.

GEOMETRIC PROGRESSION
This is how it progresses - bowl of soup multiplied by spoonsful of condiments plus tasty sauce minus Ajinomoto, equals multiple burps

REMAINS OF THE DAY - hardly anything gets left behind...especially if it was sheer poetry in a bowl!


I have eaten just too much
Read more about Vietnamese food.

91 Comments:

At 8:39 am, Blogger Sivasothi said...

If its cooked food, no worries about bird flu.

 
At 10:35 pm, Blogger The Saigon Tai-tai said...

Thanks - that's reassuring. So no raw birds eh...Thanks for the comment tho'. Its nice to know its being read!

 
At 6:51 pm, Anonymous christine said...

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At 5:43 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

point 2 of my earlier note -- I;m told no worries with chicken as long as it's very very cooked, seafood if fine and I found a resturant with good fresh seafood so it's happy days again. Come to Beijing soon; it's really beautiful in the Fall.

 
At 10:59 pm, Blogger mindfulness said...

I beg to differ on the side of caution about eating chickens which are cooked. As long as it is diseased, normal cooking will not help. Don't wish to spoil the eating experience.

btw, it is me SoonHuat here! aka mindfulness :)

 
At 11:01 pm, Blogger mindfulness said...

hi Bons,
Heard Viet ladies make good wives? Want to be Mak endan? if karma is right, open your ears and eyes for me ok :)?

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aka Mindfulness

 
At 9:01 pm, Blogger The Saigon Tai-tai said...

Hey Soon Huat, thanks for visiting me blog and not only do the Vietnamese make good wives, they're pretty good-looking too. Check out my recent entries on my helper who has ended up supping with my husband... eh...

 
At 9:08 pm, Blogger mindfulness said...

hi Bons
With all the sedap food or rather delicious looking photos of Viet food, I feel like uprooting from here and stay there. Good food, cheap housing, fresh air and of course, God willing, a lovely Viet wife ... what else can a man want? Until then, dreaming all the way ... sloughing here at you know where.. dreaded PMP now .. sigh :P

 
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