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Global Journey: Scene IV

Kẹo Gương
Kẹo Gương. Malt. Peanuts. Sesame. Sort of like peanut brittle without the butter. Have fun picking off your teeth for the next hour.

Cơm Bình Dân
Highway lunch stop standard set. This time it's fried pork skins, omelet, green beans, tofu, a grilled pork chop, fresh greens and a light soup (canh). This is what $1 (or less) buys you in Việt Nam. I'm not complaining.

A bowl of Cá Bống Kho. This is a southern style way of preparing food, with the caramelized sugar and fish sauce- but using a local river fish called Cá Bống (Goby). Anything kho is super flavorful, I could drink that sauce for brekkie. Have plenty of aquatics on hand, as kho dishes are infamous dehydrators with all that nước mắm.

Don (read: yawn). This is a relatively unknown dish outside of Quảng Ngãi. My Vietnamese friends didn't even know what the hell I was talking about. In fact, someone just introduced me to this dish less than a month ago down in Hồ Chí. Super tiny river shellfish in a broth with green onions. Super mild, super light - staying true.

Hột Vịt Lộn
Everyone kept telling me you need to eat don with Hột Vịt Lộn for the ultimate experience, and I like experiences. On the outside, Hột Vịt Lộn looks like an ordinary egg. Crack it open you'll realize this egg ain't no bacon sidekick. Inside lies a partially developed duck embryo. Peep those varicose veins, yo. Hột Vịt Lộn eggs are available at different stages of 'development'- mine was a rather young fetus whose bones hadn't materialized quite yet. Still spooned up some slimy baby innards, though. I'm not usually a fan of the infantile type, but unlike some of my ex's I could stomach this one. 14 grams of protein.


Stay Tuned.


Mel said...

Your butt numb yet?

Mai said...

Kẹo gương: I totally agree with the tooth picking part.
Don: yeah I've no idea what you're talking about.
Cá bống kho: *stomach growling*
Hột vịt lộn: what does it taste like?

A. Rizzi said...

@ Mel: Been on lockdown for 6 days in Hoi An waiting for my visa extension. The butt's rested and back in action.

Mai: HOT VIT LON- It's interesting. A bit like a stiff boiled egg- but I rarely eat those. Kinda 'fraid. They sell 'em in the states- get on that!

Mel said...

Just so you don't think I have a buttock fetish, I enjoy your blog because of my pure love of Asian food. :) Hope you get your visa sorted in good time.


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