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Buckle up for a brief break at the beach

buckle up for a brief break at the beach
Rugged up and ready to roll … a final belt to tighten, and Dad, daughter and son are set for the ride home to Ho Chi Minh after one night away in Vung Tau. Mum, with baby strapped to her front, has just left on...

The peoples of the world are like grains of rice …

the peoples of the world are like grains of rice …
We may come in different shapes and colours, but inside all are nourishing and nice. – Vung Tau, Vietnam The post The peoples of the world are like grains of rice … appeared first on HaxTrax.

Use your noodle and burn up the fat

use your noodle and burn up the fat
Why are the Food Gods so mean to us? I put leftover street-food noodles in my guesthouse room’s little fridge overnight for ants-proofing, and what you now see is … congealed fat; the stuff that clings to your waistline and won’t budge. Yes, this is the...

Just sling a hammock (vertically) and you’re home

just sling a hammock (vertically) and you’re home
How’s this for a perfect, little one-bedder? Shady trees, garden view, shade-cloth patio for al fresco dining, low energy costs, easy cleaning. Just needs a li’l lovin’ and a lick o’ paint …  (Ha Long Road, Vung Tau, Vietnam) The post Just sling a hammock (vertically) and you’re...

Getting fresh on a lunch date

getting fresh on a lunch date
The little lunch date soon becomes a seafood feast: that’s me when I see FRESH from the sea. Two crabs steamed (my fav), a lobster grilled, a whole fish (I mistakenly pointed to the cobia, I meant grouper. Oh well) in that SEAsian tomato sauce...

Just sling a hammock and you’re home

just sling a hammock and you’re home
How’s this for a perfect, little one-bedder? Shady trees, garden view, shade-cloth patio for al fresco dining, low energy costs, easy cleaning. Just needs a li’l lovin’ and a lick o’ paint …  (Ha Long Road, Vung Tau, Vietnam) The post Just sling a hammock and you’re home...

Take the time to take it all in …

take the time to take it all in …
Hiding from the noon heat, deep in a deck chair, in the calm shade of a cay bang tree, with the cooling breeze sweeping down the bending, cliff-face road … – “Happy Place”, Vung Tau, Vietnam The post Take the time to take it all in...

Crunch, munch for a snack or lunch

crunch, munch for a snack or lunch
Vietnam tortillas: Bánh xèo are crispy, fried-then-barbecued streetfood snacks that I relish. This Vung Tau foreshore version has an ageing shrimp/fish sauce aroma that I’m not overly keen on, but the best I’ve tried had pork-and-veg filling, at a little cafe in a side...

Don’t shell out too much for that soft crab

don’t shell out too much for that soft crab
Soft Shell Crab: it is any crab/prawn – any at all – that is moulting (it has shed its outgrown shell but its new shell has not yet hardened). The key isn’t in the variety or how it’s cooked; it’s all about the timing...

Tasty little Mystery Bags

tasty little mystery bags
Never let it be said – or written – that haxtrax.com won’t give something new a go. To me, these tapioca dumplings (Banh Bot Loc) look like steamed prawn dumplings still in their embryonic stage. Verdict: good. Chewy but in a nice way. They remind me of...