Foodie Friday – We So Miss Vietnam

Vietnam is a food lovers paradise.  There’s no need for fancy restaurants, although there are plenty of them. Sidewalks are packed with people eating at small tables on chairs suitable for 4 year olds, slurping down noodley concoctions that you may or may not like. Beef broth and vermicelli noodles, yes!  Pork heart and blood broth with noodles, no thank you. The system of picking the fullest place may not work here since people have many interesting palates. Thanks to Shane and Arielle we had some recommendations already, but exploring new foods is our favorite hobby so we were thrilled to venture out for more.

Balewell

Hoi An gave us an introduction to one meal restaurants.  Balewell has been open for 22 years and has served the same exact 4 item menu, that is printed on their napkins, each and every day.  You actually don’t order, you sit and are served each item. We had a lesson in proper eating techniques by the sister of the owner who treated Amando like her son, even feeding him.  Rice paper, herbs/lettuce/cucumber, chicken or pork off the stick, shredded carrot and radish, finish with spicy peanut sauce.  Repeat all of that but add an omelet made with bean sprouts and you’ve now got what sort of resembles a taco. But wait, there’s more!

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Hue

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Our third stop in a city that starts with an “H” was Hue, located in central Vietnam.  A motorcycle ride took us into the countryside to visit the tombs of emperors, see more rice paddies, and ride back along the perfume river.  A bit more of a mellow pace than Ho Chi Minh and a few less tourists than Hoi An made this a city I wanted to stay in. Continue reading