After being on the road for three weeks straight, it's been a challenge to get back into the swing of a regular schedule. My stomach and internal time clock aren't quite sure what to think. I'm slowly catching up on things and have so many stories, photos, and mementos to unpack + organize. I hope to share quite a few bits from the trip on my blog, with a warning that there's going to be a heavy focus on food. Surprise!
I thought I'd start with something that is so quintessentially Vietnamese. A big steaming bowl of pho that we ate sitting on plastic stools right out on the sidewalk. The food in SE Asia is quite unbeatable and I was lucky to indulge in a handful of delicious dishes. While the place we went for pho wasn't a true street food cart, it's a quick meal that I'd consider fast food in Vietnam. You just drive your scooter up, hop off, eat a bowl, and in fifteen minutes you're back on the road.
My boyfriend is currently based in Saigon for work and has done some careful restaurant research to hunt down the gems in the city (and to also avoid sketchy places that could lead to food poisoning in a snap! Which I was not so lucky with, but that's another horrible story.) This was listed as one of the best bowls of pho and it was by far the best bowl I've ever had. You sit down, aren't offered a menu but instead a basket of greens is placed in front of you, and then in a matter of minutes your bowl appears. Help yourself and rip off which greens you'd like. Add squirt of lime. Eat up.
It's crazy how simple the dish is yet how flavorful it can be. We pay our $2 per bowl and we're hopping back on our scooter (jk, we're not that cool and had to flag down a cab) and on our way to seek out the next good bite.