Wilting in the Heat in Saigon? Try Iced Jasmine Tea and Sugar Cane Juice

Iced Jasmine Tea and Sugar Cane Juice

It’s never cool in Saigon. The daytime temperature never drops below 30F. We were there as summer was just beginning and, between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m., the average temperature was 34F. It was more comfortable at night when the temperature hovered between 25F – 27F. The climate might explain why the street food scene … Read more

Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Floss (Dried Shredded Chicken)

Vietnamese spicy lemon leaf chicken (gà lá chanh)

Gà lá chanh literally translates to lemon leaf chicken, one of the many variants of chicken floss, the Vietnamese adaptation of the Chinese rousong or meat floss. Sam and I were on a tour of Bat Trang, the ceramic village just outside Hanoi. There was a break between viewing the 500-year-old wood-fired kiln and the pottery class. We bought … Read more

The Authentic Bat Trang Ceramic Village Tour and Pottery Class

The Authentic Bat Trang Ceramic Village Tour and Pottery Class

We got lost in Hanoi, discovered SI Cuisine & Mixology, a beautiful restaurant across Trang Tien Plaza, and had lunch there. The food was superb but it was not the only thing on the table that’s worth mentioning. Sam and I spent more than a few moments admiring the blue dining plates and bowls. Little did … Read more