January 18, 2013 by brasiersarah
Above pictured is the Hoi An breakfast of champions – it goes by the name of Sinh To Trai Cay. Every morning we hang out for one of these. Its a mixed fruit shake. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. They’ve got crushed ice, dragon fruit, papaya, mango, cherries, fried coconut, avocado, maybe some banana, and some other jelly like substance and I think some coconut cream or condensed milk. We usually have a couple a day.
15,000 dong a pop (about 75 cents)
Grilled chicken DIY rice paper rolls with silky flat noodles, an array of fresh crunchy salad and fresh herbs like Vietnamese mint, coriander and others, accompanied by a dipping sauce to die for with flavours of chilli garlic and peanut.
Grand total 40,000 Dong for 6 skewers.
in Aussie Dollars…. Less than $2 for the both of us.
Kem Flan – Perfect when you need a sweet custardy fix this is the Vietnamese take on creme caramel. Relatively pricey at 10,000 Dong (50 cents) considering that’s what we pay for a baguette, but I think they were charging us the special “westerner price”. Regardless of the fact they they charge us too much its pretty yum.
THIS!! is potentially the tastiest little treat found on the streets of Hoi An (as you can see from the way Rhidian is enjoying his ‘Kem Ong’). They are coconut ice creams made from what I guess is a frozen mixture of coconut cream and condensed milk. I’m not sure? what ever it is, its magical. We spent all yesterday on a mission looking for the bloke that sells these. We even showed photographs to locals and asked them to point in the direction they saw him. Apparently he hangs out near schools. nothing suss.
5,000 dong each (25 cents) That’s what we get charged anyway, the local price is 2,000 we’ve been told
Xi ma – Sweet water grass and black sesame seed elixir. Despite the fact that this stuff looks like road base it actually tastes a lot better than it looks. It kind of has the flavor of those honey sesame seed bars you get. Its the Vietnamese good health elixir, many people treat it like a multi vitamin having a daily dose. Others use it for a cure for everything from acne, to aches and pains, to teething problems.
Banh Mi -Pork, salad and condiments in a fresh baguette. Perfection. I don’t know exactly what all the ingredients are but the Banh Mi Queen does it well. With her skillful hands she uses her chopsticks to strategically place every ingredient in the right spot. Grilled Pork, Pate, Herbs mixtures, Chilli, salad, fresh herbs, and occasionally some laughing cow cheese or egg if I’m in the mood. She speaks fluent Vietnamese to me like I know what shes talking about every time I go to get a Baguette (which I love). You are charged a mere 10,000 Dong for such a flavor sensation (that’s 50 cents). I think she likes me and is one of the few street vendors that I think gives us the correct local price.
Pho Bo. Beef noodle soup. 25,000 Dong ($1.25 AUD). Being an Australian I’m used to having meat packed into everything. Meat in your salad, meat in your coffee, meat in your cereal it’s even used as a pacifier “hey there buddy I see you have some meat there you know what really goes well with meat MORE MEAT!” If it doesn’t have meat then it must be chips. Here in Vietnam it’s the wrong way around or so I thought. Meat is not the hero of the dish it is merely a Robin to the crime fighting squad I mean its great if he’s there but you don’t really need him. Initially served as just meat, noodles and broth you are then given fresh herbs, bean sprouts and green picked papaya. Then all you have to do is add the dried chilli, sweet chilli, a chilli and shallots vinegarette and some other viscus chilli concoction. Safe to say you can make it into something that will wake the living dead like a scene from thriller. So I found you don’t need meat in everything and this was a perfect example, having a dish that tastes so amazing and only has a splash of meat is something I could get used to. Fresh Draught beer. Served at Cafes along the river in Hoi An. 4,000 Dong a pint. That’s less than 25 cents in AUD. We have a sneaking suspicion its mid strength but it does the job.