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where locals live, laugh and eat together

Where locals live, laugh and eat together

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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...
the taste test: pass with distinction

The taste test: pass with distinction

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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

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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

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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 fresh

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

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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...