Elephant Ear Fish And Little Tiger

15 Feb

The food in Vietnam is so good that if you got nothing more than a days worth of meals here for the 20 hour plane ride then it would have been worth the hassle to get here. Food is fresh, colorful and can be had for a song and I’d sing any day for it. Pho bo is the daily bread and is eaten for breakfast lunch and dinner. I never thought I could eat beef, noodles or soup for breakfast. Turns out I can eat all three. Delish!

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It doesn’t matter what time of day you walk around the city you’ll find people out on the sidewalks sitting at what looks like Barbie’s picnic table, tiny little tables and chairs, eating. It seems like all they do all day is scooter around the city and eat. Sounds good to me as long as I can get skewered meats.  Is it just me or does everything taste better on a skewer?

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One of my favorite meals here was on an island in the Mekong delta where we ate grilled prawn heads and Elephant Ear fish. The fish was brought to our table standing upright and looked like it had volunteered for a taxidermy school. 

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It’s not really food but snake wine is everywhere in the south. It’s the Vietnamese answer to Viagra or so they say. When in Rome…. don’t do it. It’s the only thing I’ve ingested in my life that actually tastes worse than it looks. I hope I don’t get hepatitis.

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I almost forgot, if you see see “little tiger” on the menu don’t order it, wait until you visit Cambodia where it’s not so tough and stringy and yes, it’s exactly what you think it is.

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2 Responses to “Elephant Ear Fish And Little Tiger”

  1. UltraRob February 15, 2008 at 7:26 pm #

    Some of it looks yummy and then some of it …

  2. Forrest February 16, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    Looks like you are on an episode of “Bizarre Foods”.

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