- Rice paper - sesame cracker
Rice paper is a thin crepe made of rice, water and salt and it is dried. It is used in Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine mainly. There are many kinds of them, with various size, thickness, ingredients and purpose.
- Banh dap - Crushed rice cracker with anchovy sauce
I was sitting in a restaurant by the river in Hoi An and all of a sudden I could hear a blow from the other table. I had a look this direction and could see a guy hitting heap of some pancakes with his open palm, then tearing it and dipping in some sauce. So I ordered it too. They were rice crackers connected together with layers of steamed rice pancakes. So simple and so tasty. Of course thanks to the great sauce too :)
- Black bean fish
This delicacy I had in a small restaurant on Borneo island. It was so good I couldn't resist and went there again following day. The waiter spoke English a bit, so I mentioned that I love cooking. When I wanted to pay, he brought me three pieces of paper. One of them was the bill, the other one was recipe for the dish I had just finished and the third one was for the fish in a black bean sauce I had yesterday here. I love Asia and approach of local people, who are happy when they make other people happy.
- Goi cuon - Fresh spring rolls
Popular Vietnamese dish. Perfect for hot summer days. As many of other Vietnamese cuisine dishes, there are no spices used for the rolls. The flavor is added by any kind of your favorite dipping sauce.
- Cha gio - Fried spring rolls
When thinking of Vietnamese cuisine, fried spring rolls would probably belong to the three top of mind dishes. The filling is very variable. You can use minced pork, or go for a vegetarian version. One of the vegetables used often in Vietnam is a corm of taro, Colocasia.
- Summer squid salad
We were riding motorbike on the beach, got a fresh squid from fishermen, just from the boat, asked one nice lady by the road to make it for us. And she made such an amazing and refreshing salad. Perfect food for summer heats.