Prawns and coconut, Saigon, Vietnam

Photo: Dinner at Ben Thanh Market, Saigon, Vietnam

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’

  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

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!

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

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

    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

  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

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

    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?

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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