Prawns and coconut, Saigon, Vietnam

Photo: Dinner at Ben Thanh Market, Saigon, Vietnam

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Dinner at Ben Thanh Market in Saigon becomes dramatic, when these prawns, perched atop coconuts, are set alight.

Dinner in Vietnam with the ‘Mayor of Chinatown’

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  I love Vietnamese food. Especially in the southern part of Vietnam, the ingredients scream 'fresh!' in voices of many colors. Considered by many to...
Tu Duc, the longest-reigning Nguyen emperor, Vietnam

Vietnam’s art of incense

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All that incense wafting about the altars in Vietnam’s homes, shops and pagodas has to come from somewhere. I did not expect to discover...
Banh xeo

Banh xeo… Let them eat pancake!

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Vietnam’s crepe-like pancake, banh xeo, is a delightful, messy, savory culinary experience. From Saigon pancake in the south to the smaller rounds served up in...
Cholon

Cholon’s pagodas serve up atmosphere aplenty

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A fierce dragon stands guard at Quan Am Pagoda, in Cholon, Saigon’s Chinatown. The district, home to Chinese traders and merchants for centuries, is...
Miss Vy

Cooking with Miss Vy

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    Vietnamese food is the epitome of fresh, I am discovering.  Market stalls are piled high with green goodness and every meal layers on herbs...
fish sauce

Something fishy in Vietnam

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  Before I lived in Southeast Asia, I knew that fish sauce--that fermented, salty essence of the sea--is an indispensable condiment for many of the...
Ben Thanh market at night, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ben Thanh Market’s metamorphosis

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In the evening, the streets on either side of Saigon’s Ben Thanh Market sprout bustling restaurants, set up after the daily market closes at...
Ben Thanh Market

Saigon’s Ben Thanh Market

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    The Ben Thanh market in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam is one-stop shopping central, just about 24/7. Top quality fruits and vegetables, seafood and...

More Pho Bo in Berlin than Currywurst?

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My personal, random survey of Berlin's food scene happily reveals at least as many Vietnamese eateries as Currywurst stands. This may or may not...
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