Sampling South-Central Việt Nam's Finest in the Province of Khánh Hòa. Don't expect less ya'll. This region is blessed with sleepy beaches, a cooler climate than the south, and straight off the boat fish and squid that smack you in the buds with freshness.
Vendor dishing up the savory steamed snack: 'banh nam'.
Tôm hùm nướng - Grilled lobster from Nha Trang. 900.000 VND [$48.50] per kilo [market price- restaurants charge $80/kg or more]. Hurts the wallet a touch but it's lobster, folks- if you want it you pay for it.
Wouldn't be a complete night in Việt Nam without shells. Yea it's a boat load. Ate about 50. Ask for your choice 'nướng mỡ hành' [grilled with green onions- foreground] and you'll go home happy.
'Gỏi cá'. Specialty of Cam Ranh. Raw fish slices tossed with lime, sugar, fried shallots and plenty of herbs. Wrap it up with cucumber and lettuce in a fresh rice paper roll then dip in the spicy peanut sauce made from fish stock. So 'namese about it.
Frying up 'Chả cá'- fish flesh mashed together with rice flour, black pepper and M.S.G. That oil's fresh, right? Sure! Eat Chả cá with soup or slap it in a banh mi!