Hoi An: Street food
Armed as I was with knowledge and confidence from the Hanoi tour, approaching the ladies squatting by the smoky barbecue and asking for a plate of whatever they had was easy. And boy am I glad. A big tray of greens, noodles, and rice papers plus barbecued pork (squished between a split skewer) and a hot, tick, slightly sweet dipping sauce with peanuts, chilli, sesame seeds, sesame oil, vinegar and oyster sauce. And, probably, fish sauce. So smokey and rich.
Other street goodies included:
- a sweet potato cake, which was sweet and soft, like a cooked white sweet potato, with strips of coconut and peanuts. Bought off a grill near the bridge.
- something I dubbed a 'sugar dumpling', which was probably bánh bao chỉ, a sticky rice flour dumpling with sweet ground peanut filling. It was gooey, not sticky, and slightly stretchy and chewy. The filling was crunchy, with peanuts and sugar crystals crunching in your teeth, with a strong peanut and sesame flavour.
- banana 'pancakes' are everywhere, having been invented here, but most are pre-fried and then re-fried on request. More like a fritter than a pancake, with thick deep-fried batter. Worth trying once, but note that they're only worth 5 or 10k dong.
Hoi An: Morning Glory
There's not much point describing the food at Morning Glory, Molly. Let me just say that everything was wonderful on the three visits, and it was tough not to go more often. Ms Vy says there are 4 elements you can use to judge your quality of life. The first is how much you enjoy your food. Life in Hoi An must be good.
More Hoi An coming soon.
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