A birthday well spent in Hanoi involves these 3 things.
1. BANH XEO:
Cake? Yes! BUT, not your average dairy-filled bakery treat, but a fried Vietnamese “cake” called BANH XEO!
BANH XEO is made from rice flour, tapioca, and coconut milk. A dash of turmeric gives it its signature yellow colour! 🙂
2. TRUNG CUT LON (QUAIL EMBRYO) with a SIDE OF SNAIL:
Can’t start a new year without pushing new boundaries, yes? Well, Vietnam has quite the laundry list of dishes with which the Western tongue (and mind) is unfamiliar.
My fellow wanderer for the night took me to try TRUN CUT LON (quail embryo) and stir fried snail. Here they stir-fry these in lemongrass, coconut, and tamarind!
And we must end the celebrations with a drink and dessert! But what about a drink and dessert in one?
I introduce you to CHE – a Vietnamese dessert drink that also provides the benefit of “cooling” you if you have “hot” insides (imbalance).
Inside you have coconut flavoured tapioca, lotus seeds, crushed mung beans, black beans, black jelly, and coconut flakes!
Well, I don’t mind if I do! 🙂
Let me know if you would like to learn more about any one of these dishes.
Would you eat them? Share your reasons for or against in the comments below! 🙂
LIVE SLOWLY. LOVE DEEPLY,