Vietnamese Banh mi food cart in Nha Trang
Home cooking in Vietnam: fresh steamed baos, veggie noodle soup and sauteed greens with garlic
Lunch on Dragon Island in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
One of my favorite desserts that my mom would make is chè trôi nước. I also had some in Vietnam during my travels. The chè dessert consists of balls made from mung bean paste wrapped in a shell made of glutinous rice flour. The balls are served in a thick, sweet clear or brown liquid made of water, sugar, and grated ginger root. It is served warm and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds.
A popular Northern Vietnamese dish is sauteed greens known as chayote cooked with garlic. Also a popular Northern dish are fried and salted peanuts. These were served in our hotel after a long day of sightseeing.
On the trip to the temples outside of Hanoi, Vietnam, there were many vendors selling drinks, breads, food, candy and yes, potatoes. They are called khoai tây. While I was there, I had some as a snack. The potatoes were steamed over coals and without any seasoning. They had a bit more flavor than what I’m use to in the U.S. and of course more variety. It was a nice warm snack on a chilly day. I learned that Hanoi hosts Potato Days, which is an important staple in the northern Vietnamese diet and economy.
Fresh water chestnuts in Vietnam
I was surprised to see these outside of a can in a grocery store. They tasted so crisp and a bit sweet. It was a nice crunchy treat!
Vietnamese noodle soup with faux meat and vegetables. Nearby vegetarian restaurant that had all the flavors I was looking for in Saigon.