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Monkey versus Flea. Flea is winning.

“Who’s idea was it for me to wear ‘hair product’?” A pet monkey would be fun … but I believe they are best left in their natural habitat, where we can still watch and enjoy them. Vung Tau, Vietnam 2019   The post Monkey versus Flea....

Where locals live, laugh and eat together

Wood smoke, big pot boiling meat, cool sea breeze: stroll down a narrow hem (laneway) off the busy main road, and discover an open enclave where the locals live, laugh and gather to eat as a community. Hidden in the heart of tourism, Back...

The taste test: pass with distinction

the taste test: pass with distinction
Does this look good to you? It sure tastes good to me. See the bowl of sweet chilli dipping sauce? It packs a tickle more than a punch, but the red/orange chilli bits can be little “Smokin’ Joe Fraziers”, and best treated with respect. The pork...

The old ways are still good ways

the old ways are still good ways
Sometimes the “old ways” are best: a cyclo rider and his passenger stop to buy fresh produce from a street fruit vendor’s hand cart. Vung Tau, Vietnam 2019 The post The old ways are still good ways appeared first on HaxTrax.

An apple a day … goes well with iced coffee

an apple a day … goes well with iced coffee
She’ll be apples: crunchy, not too sweet, and delicious. Vietnam’s little green apples, táo, add “healthy” to the breakfast of iced coffee with sweetened milk, and trà da (weak iced tea). I’ll skip on the little sachet of dipping chili salt mix (muôi ót)...

Sea Mantis Shrimp if it’s still kicking, it’s fresh

sea mantis shrimp if it’s still kicking, it’s freshvideo
Mantis shrimp/sea mantis are popular Vietnamese seafood. Locals call them tôm tít. There’s not a lot of meat in them but they are a cheap-ish treat, and usually barbecued, steamed, or pan-fried in coconut oil. I don’t recommend the fried version as I find the oil too...

An oyster’s beauty is more than shell deep

an oyster’s beauty is more than shell deep
Sometimes the words can be more appetising than the pics. I don’t fake my food pics, what you see is what I eat . Here are 12 scallops and four huge oysters, all barbecued on the shell. I like mine with a (visually somewhat unattractive) dollop...

Choice: In with the new while keeping the old

choice: in with the new while keeping the old
A view to the future: Ibis will be a perfect fit for the foreshore at Vung Tau, Vietnam. The popular weekend escape for Ho Chi Minh City’s populace, Vung Tau is balancing the accomm options with new, proportionate hi-rises while keeping the multitude of traditional...

Sharks: Don’t put profit before people

sharks: don’t put profit before people
Baiting tells sharks to come and eat. More sharks. Hungry sharks. Isn’t that obvious? As for recent “alarmist publicity” about shark attacks: mate, I would now be alarmed if my loved ones snorkelled on the Great Barrier Reef/Whitsundays without local advice. Very alarmed. Choose tour groups...

Easy to Digest

easy to digest
Growing up, my brother and I often sought refuge in Readers’ Digest books. I’ve found a hard cover classic here – add tropical weather and a big, frosty glass of freshly squeezed watermelon … who’s in a hurry to go back to the political morass...