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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...
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...
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...
sea mantis shrimp if it’s still kicking, it’s freshvideo

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

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
it’s all about the salad. and the pork. and the rice …

It’s all about the salad. And the pork. And the rice …

You don’t like eating vegies? Then come to South-East Asia: the salads are so good, sometimes I could treat the meat as the garnish. Not this time – I last recall eating pork this...
crumbs! i forgot to save you one …

Crumbs! I forgot to save you one …

These golden balls are mashed potato, cheese, onion and bacon, crumbed and deep fried. Made by the cook, of course. I did mean to save you one … but I forgot. “Khoai tây tán chiên voí phô...