Pairs Well With…Vietnam + Sippin’ + Slurpin’ + Pickin’ + Chop Stickin’
Month 2: Vietnam. I’ll start by saying there was no bull penis soup this month, thank you very much. On the soup front, I stuck to one of my favorites, pho. You can’t go wrong. Sure, there were some left of center items on menus and street carts, but then again, when isn’t there? You’ll be happy to know that it only took me three days in Cambodia to eat grasshoppers, so there’s that. (In case you are curious, they taste like bacon of all things.)
But let me tell you what didn’t taste like bacon: last month’s critters. Every month when we arrive in a new country, we do a thing called “Never Try, Never Know,” a food challenge where we try odd “delicacies” of the country – until we decide to tap out. It’s like a gross adrenaline rush. Whatever.
What did the Vietnam food challenge consist of you ask? Well, here. Let me show you what we ate – and how I reacted to all these weird creatures:
Phase 2 is what I considered (after the fact) to be the best of the worst…
…and the third time isn’t always a charm…
But, wait! Someone said fried snail are better. Yeah, everything is usually better fried. Or is it?!
Now, I did try rounds four (dove: tasted like chicken) and five (frog: also tasted like chicken..ish.) I also highly considered becoming a vegetarian upon leaving the event that evening.
In all seriousness, Vietnam offered me some of the best dishes I’d ever had, most of which I couldn’t pronounce off a menu even with three attempts. (This is when the smile and point method proves highly effective.) Thanks to the endless amount of noodles I ate, none of which I regret in the least, I am highly turned off by carbs. Sort of. Okay, not really. This month, it’s back on track.
Here were some of the best meals I ate in Vietnam:
As the month went on, you should have seen me with my chopsticks. Nailed it! Also, by the good graces of fate, I served as the bride-to-be at a mock tea engagement ceremony where we learned about the behind the scenes workings (ahem, negotiations) of marriage and exchanges of gifts from one family to another. The best part? The green bean tea engagement cakes.
What I’m most excited to share with you is this month’s A Girl’s Gotta Eat Guide to Vietnam. Within this guide, you’ll find my favorite flight snacks, goods from my supermarket sweeps and recipes to unique meals to make at home or with friends. Don’t be shy. Missed last month’s A Girl’s Gotta Eat Guide to Malaysia? No worries! Here you go. I’ve got you covered.
For more cricket eating and country jumping, catch me on Instagram, where big moves are being made daily. More to come from Cambodia!