– From ‘Catfish and Mandala’ by Andrew X. Pham
You’re right Andrew, they really are.
One thing I didn’t worry in Vietnam was; what to eat. There are food carts, street vendors, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and food vendors who carry their food on their shoulders. Noodles, spring rolls, coffee, tea, fruit, snack… it was a matter of choice whenever we’re hungry. What an amazing place.
The variety is beyond amazing; every part of the animal you’ll see in the market, and you wouldn’t really want to know what actually that is. However, whatever they cook from whatever kind of meat; it will be delicious.
The food in north and south are different; and some cities have quite unique features, like Hue. However, no matter where you go, you’ll see plenty of food and the passion for eating. Yet, people are so small and skinny. Now that’s a mystery.
The variety of noodles are absolutely fantastic. It’s popular mostly for breakfast and lunch, and you can order whatever you want to put in the bowl.
I was thinking how to categorize other dishes, and I’ve decided that I can’t. So here are many varieties of food, other than noodles.
Lime, chili and fresh herbs are little extra something that always on the table. Add it as you wish.