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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Vietnamese Egg Roll

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Egg Rolls are Generic in Asia, Almost every Nation has it's version, The vietnamese version is very sweet and since the packaging is good, does not easily crumble unlike the ones in the philippines where the egg rolls are called barquillos and are easily cushed due to the poor packaging.

    Favorite Dish: the vietnamese egg rolls can be bought everywhere, at the benh thanh or binh thay markets and even at the convenience stores or at the tax supermarket beside the rex hotel. again the egg rolls are very good and the price varies from 30,000 VND to 60,000 VND, depending on the size.

    Egg Rolls Egg Rolls, Delicious! buying egg rolls at benh thanh market many choices the filipino egg roll (Barquillos)
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Cobra Toxin Cream!

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    If you are on a tour of the cu chi tunnels, you would see that the main souvenir store in the center of the tunnels sells many things and one of the things that aroused my curiosity is the cobra toxin cream!

    Snake venom could ease the debilitating pain from arthritis, say scientists. About 99 percent of the venom is non-toxic according to the vietnamese seller which I took with a grain of salt. It costs 100,000-150,000 VND a pack!

    Favorite Dish: i thing this must be put to my local customs pages since this is not edible.

    Yuck! but definitely Interesting! the souvenir shop at cu chi selling cobra cream they also sell snake wine too heheheh buyers more buyers
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Bird's Nest Drink

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Name: Bird’s Nest Drink

    Ingredients: Water, jelly, granulated sugar, bird’s nest flavoring, ginseng flavoring, genuine bird’s
    nest.

    Birds nest… you can drink them? Birds Nest drink is a non carbonated slightly yellow drink with a slightly spicy aroma. It has a sweet but bland taste and I can detect a bit of ginseng in it. Not too bad, but I don’t think I’d recommend it to less adventurous drinkers.

    cost 18,000 VND a 330 ml Can.

    Favorite Dish: this is one of the oddities that i've encountered in saigon and since I am here, I have to try the bird's nest drink too.

    Taste Like Bird Nest Soup! exotic! buy at the supermarkets ok also at sidewalk eateries
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Vietnamese Flan, Similar to Philippine Leche Flan

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Flan is a Spanish Invention but the french also has their version called flambe and since vietnam became a colony of france in the 1800's, these is one of their influence on vietnamese cuisine. Leche Flan is philipine inspired spanish style flan. Maybe this Vietnamese Style is a combination of Spanish and French Styles but is strikingly similar in texture and taste to Philippine Leche Flan. It costs 18,000 VND a cup and is available everywhere.

    Favorite Dish: this flan is from the french influence and is really popular in vietnam as a dessert and you can buy them everywhere even at supermarkets and convenience stores and even at sidewalk eateries.

    Vietnamese Flan Sweet Taste Philippine Leche Flan the flan at a buffet more
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Sweet Chili Sauce for Dipping Spring Rolls

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    you can buy vietnamese sweet chili sauce at any supermarkets or groceries in Saigon and they are a perfect accompaniment and also dipping sauce to fried dishes (including spring rolls). they cost 12,000 VND a Small Botle and 20,000 VND for a big (500 ml) bottle but be sure to ask the supermarket assistant as some of these sauces can be really spicy and has no english letters at the bottle markings.

    Favorite Dish: there are many dipping suace varieties so better ask a vietnamese friend with knowledgeable english skills on the particular dipping sauce for each kind of spring roll.

    dipping sauce Not too sweet! Heavenly! assorted dipping sauce
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Vietnamese Fried Spring Roll Paper! (Banh Tra)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    this is a variation of the fried spring roll wrapper and can only be usesd for fried spring rolls since it is not as paper thin as the white spring roll paper but this is cut with small holes in the paper itself as to make frying very fast.

    Another version of Fried Spring Roll Paper, costs 10,000 VND for Medium and 20,000 VND for large, available in supermarkets.

    Favorite Dish: you can also try these different spring roll wrapper for a different texture when frying your own vietnamese style spring rolls.

    I Love to Cook Too! Cheap to buy here! Final product! more available at local restos too
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Vetnamese Rice Paper (Banh Trang Mong)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    there are many vietnamese rice paper varieties to choose from since they have an assortment of different spring rolls with different textures. But the basic ones are the fresh rice paper (which is dried) and the frying rice paper.

    Vietnamese Rice Paper again is available everywhere and costs 8,000 VND for small and 15,000 VND for a big pack. It can be used in making fresh and fried spring rolls.

    Favorite Dish: this paper thin white rice paper can be used to make fresh spring rolls and even fried spring rolls and can be bought at supermarkets and convenience stores.

    Used for fresh or fried spring rolls! buy it at supermarkets, cheaper there! I can now make spring rolls! Rice Paper on Fresh Spring Roll On Fried Spring Roll!
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Vietnamese Sticky Rice Cakes

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Rice Cakes are popular across Asia and each country has each different variations and some variations have similar tastes with those from other countries and this vietnamese rice cake which was very tasty and sweet has a similar taste to the thai version and philippine version albeit with different food colors. they sell everyhwere and costs 10,000 to 20,000 VND. you can also buy other different rice cakes and sticky rice desserts too and they are available evdeywhere.

    Favorite Dish: the assorted rice cakes and desserts of vietnam which are similar in taste and texture with other south east asian countries like the philippines, thailand, cambodia, malaysia and indonesia.

    Similar to Thai version & philippine Kutsinta pandan jelly assorted sticky rice desserts more i want some
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Beef with Local Style cheese!

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Vietnam was once a french colony in the late 1800's and due to this, french cuisine has an influence on vietnamese cooking.

    this was influenced by the french (steak tartare) since they were colonizers in Vietnam. This beef tenderloin tips are stir fried and mixed in a sauce that combines bechamel and local cheddar cheese resulting in a very creamy sauce that compliments the tenderloin tips and wow! (I'm a meat Lover see). Costs 140,000 VND an Order.

    Favorite Dish: this french and vietnamese fusion dish is a favorite of mine. This was taken at the Ngoc Sung Marina Restaurant in District 3

    good food!, at chopstick side! menu front of restaurant group dining order
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Sai gon Lager Beer, 333 Beer-Poplular Here!

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    This is the most popular local beer and a close second in beer sales after tiger beer.

    Produced by: SAIGON BEER-ALCOHOL-BEVERAGE CORPORATION (SABECO), It's called "ba ba ba" locally but be careful not to say it too fast, because if you do it means something entirely different (something thats insulting to elderly women).It is a bitter tasting rice flavored beer made by the Saigon beer Co who also make Saigon Lager and Saigon Export. 333 dates back to 1893 where it was developed in France, it was originally named 33 and changed to 333 in 1975.

    The brew has managed to endure over a century of regional conflict and turmoil having first been produced in 1893 and becoming popularly known as Beer 33 at the turn of the century. After the Communist takeover/liberation/oppression of Vietnam in the seventies the beer was renamed Beer 333 - the name change was allegedly an attempt to shake off the beer’s colonial past but truth be told nobody knows if this is the real reason or not. It is Brewed with Australian ingredients and German technology

    It is available everyhere and it cost 20,000 VND a can in Citimart and Tax Supermarkets., alcohol content is 5.5%.

    Favorite Dish: Saigon Lager: Also made by the Saigon beer Co this 4.7% alcohol beer has the distinctive Asian rice flavor it pours a clear gold color with a thin soapy white head and is not as strong as 333 beer, also sold at 20,000 VND at Supermarkets.

    cheers Main Beer of Sai Gon! Ba ba ba! Easy and Chaper to buy at supermarkets! saigon beer have a drink
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Lemongrass Grilled Chicken!

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Lemnongrass is very plentiful in asia hence it is used as a flavoring for food and drinks. Here in Vietnam, they also use it to flavor their grilled chicken which results in a very tasty chicken. It has similarity with the philipine chicken inasal (grilled lemongrass chicken too) but the dipping sauces are different. It cost 90,000 VND an Order.

    Favorite Dish: the lemongrass chicken is available in many restaurants and food stalls in saigon but we tasted our chicken at the ngoc sung marina in district 3.

    Similar taste to Philippine Chicken Inasal! available at sidewalks pose in front ordering crowded
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Rice Crispies in Thick Sauce with Seafood

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    this is another deeelicious vietnamese food! it could be a meal in itself. the seafood sauce is creamy and when you add it with the seafood and rice crispies, it result in an explosion of flavors!
    it is a very filling meal and for a glutton like me, I want more hehehehe.

    it is a combination of french and vietnamese cuisine.

    Favorite Dish: this rice crispies with seafood is a specialty of the ngoc sung marina, one of the popular seafood restaurants in district 3 of saigon.

    wow front of ngoc sung waiting for the meal buffet to ngoc sung marina
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: CoConut Candy (Kẹo Dừa)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    Kẹo Dừa-Coconut Candy. Bến Tre means Bamboo Port. It is a small province of Vietnam, located in the Mekong Delta. Bến Tre is famous of its coconuts and coconut candy and these sweet coconut treats are available in the markets and supermarkets and convenience store in Saigon.

    Kẹo Dừa (Coconut Candy) is made by: Fresh grated coconut is squeezed to obtain coconut milk. Coconut milk is then mixed with sugar and boiled until the soft crack stage. The candy is then cooled until cut into thin strips. The thin pieces are then cut into smaller pieces of candy. Easier said then done. The candy hardens when it cools, thus the candy must be cut while still warm. Being warm means it's extremely sticky which requires a very shape knife to cut. Through the long cooking process the coconut milk converts into oil which helps give the candy a nice shine and nutty flavor. There are many versions of Kẹo Dừa, some places add durian, others add pandan.

    However, i would suggest you buy it in Saigon Supermarkets than in the province since they have a 100% Markup! it cost 30,000 VND for a 200 gram pack of coconut candy there while in Saigon supermarkets, a 450 gram pack costs only 14,500 VND!

    Favorite Dish: just buy these coconut candies at the supermarkets in siagon like the one in tax building across the rex hotel since it is cheaper to buy it at the supermarkets.

    Available in Different Flavors! want some? ok more buy at the supermarket
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Rice Flour with Shrimp Crackers

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    The vietnamese are experts in making many kinds of rice paper for use as wrappings for their wonderful spring rolls and also as rice crispies with additional toppings inside.

    Ben Tranh or Rice paper is not only used for spring rolls, they also add other flavors and spices and ingredients to it to make for a tasty snack like what you see in the pictures. Assorted Rice paper crispies and crackers which costs 15,000 VND to 35,000 VND for small to big sizes. Try it, it is really crispy and delicious!

    Favorite Dish: these are savory and filling snacks that tickle your tummy hehehe

    they can be find at any sidewalks

    Similar to philppine Okoy! available at sidewalks rice paper making buy some also available at supermarkets
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    Eat & Drink like the locals: Vietnamese Sweet assorted Jelly

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    This dessert is assorted sea grass jelly, gelatin and tapioca pearls in a sweet red sugar infused liquid. I Absolutely like it since I am a sweet tooth (except in Spaghetti ok!). This dessert has similarities in the dessert/drink sago't gulaman in the philippines and in thailand and singapore or malaysia and indonesia. this dessert cost 15,000 VND at the sidewalks and at the markets and goes up to 30,000 VND at restaurants.

    Favorite Dish: they also come in different varieties of grass jelly drinks and if you can, try them all hehehe

    Love the Sweet Taste! pandan jelly have some many varieties more
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