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one bánh for the road

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Have you ever been more confused by a plate of food in your entire life? There is a lot going on here. This food is a speciality of Hue in central Vietnam.


This is the last of the HCMC series. Bánh, bánh and more bánh!

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September 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

tân hoàng ty, hcmc

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Hooray! More Vietnamese food in Vietnam!

My last meal in Vietnam was bánh canh (erm I think that’s what it was called) at Tân Hoàng Ty. Plates of boiled pork, pickled veggies, cucumber, crepes, and crazy heaping piles of unknown herbs.

Heaping piles. No lie. So heaping that for the first time ever I’m gonna show my face up on this blog just so you have some context.

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September 28, 2009 at 9:39 pm

bún chả cha cha

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Okay there are two more cha’s than necessary.

La la la.

I’m back from a quick trip to Ho Chi Minh City with a few food posts to inspire a lil Vietnam love.


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September 10, 2009 at 11:34 pm

pavillon d’orient, siem reap

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My recent Cambodia posts are way timely since I have a few friends headed over there in the next few weeks. The first question is always, “So where did you guys stay?” Let’s answer that question shall we?


Don’t worry I’ll talk about the food too. Heh.

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August 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm

the blue pumpkin, siem reap

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I’m having dejavu with this post. I feel like I’ve totally blogged about this already but all of my searches are coming up empty so unless it was eaten by the internets I really haven’t posted about Blue Pumpkin in Siem Reap yet. More Cambodia – hooray!

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August 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm

did we miss cambodia?

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Yah we totallly did, didn’t we? I went to Cambodia in April and I don’t think I have one freakin post about it. That is shameful.

I had been trying to go to Cambodia for awhile and the SBFs (take some guesses as to what that stands for) flew in from California so we could hop around Southeast Asia for a bit more a few months ago. Cambodia is especially meaningful to Julia since her family used to live in Cambodia and she still has family there. We were in Phnom Penh for a few days and her Uncle played host and tour guide for us.

Our adventures include a dimly lit restaurant where I inadvertantly agreed to eat these.


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August 24, 2009 at 11:00 pm

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banana donut heaven

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Okay, they aren’t *technically* called banana donuts. Real name: bánh chuối.


Super sweet banana (no added sugar) + rice flour batter + hot oil = banana donut heaven.

That’s pretty much all you need to know.

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November 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm

quán ăn ngon, hanoi

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Look closely – do you see me in the reflection of the spoon?

Linh treated all of us out to dinner on our last night in Hanoi and picked Quán ăn Ngon for the festivities. If I remember my Vietnamese lesson correctly, Quán ăn Ngon means ‘delicious eating place.’


The place was bustling with activity. There’s a small buildling with indoor seating and then a large tent covered outside area bordered by small food prep stations along the perimeter. Before ordering, Duong and Linh suggested that we take a promenade around the place to pick out things we wanted to try.

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November 16, 2008 at 8:11 pm

fried fish hanoi style

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We spent Saturday morning at Silk Village which was recovering from the floods that plagued most of Hanoi that week. After doing our part for the Hanoi economy by indulging in many of its fine silk goods, we were starving.

This dish is now tied with pho as my favorite Vietnamese food. I hope I’m able to recreate it at home some day or find some place that serves it. This dish is a Hanoi speciality and they make it with a fish that is only found in the area. If you find yourself in Hanoi make sure to order yourself some cha ca thang long.


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November 16, 2008 at 1:08 am