Bia Saigon and Vietnamese Coffee

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Morning in Saigon where people are seated on stool for their breakfast (or beers at night)

Imagine our excitement when Ed and I came to discover that the beers (Bia Saigon) are so cheap, cheaper than the beers or canned drinks we get in our country. Since then, we had been religiously having it almost every meal and we went a bit crazy with it by drinking while walking around the streets. That didn’t last long for me though as I was down with stomachache (suspected to be gastric) on our third or fourth day while in Dalat. Stephy somewhat came to the conclusion that the cold beer was the the culprit. I had no choice but to cut down on the consumption 😦DSCF2240Being the coffee lovers, Ed and I heard about the famous Vietnamese coffee too. Initially, we both found their coffee to be too strong for our liking. Usually they pour in half the glass of coffee, then they add in another half glass of ice cubes. It comes with two choices – with or without milk. It always ended up with us pouring in drinking water to dilute the coffee. And it was only in Dalat (where the climate is cool) that they served hot coffee. Where in Saigon, they were left puzzled when we asked for no ice.
Life felt good with the beers and coffee. But the biggest letdown was Vietnamese food. I knew it was somewhat similar to Chinese cuisines and mostly soup-based (be it pork, beef or chicken). The first meal was great but after that, we had difficulty finding variety. When we did have rice, the dishes were pork-based. We weren’t sure if it was due to language barrier or simply because we didn’t explore further, but we noticed locals were having the same thing as we did. There was no shortage of bakery shops or stalls selling sandwiches or breads (influenced by French) but we weren’t fond of them. Then meal time became a headache (because food was bland and non-appetizing) and I was no longer looking forward to having food 😦

DSCF2124Possibly the best meals I had had, in Mui Ne at our backpacker village’s restaurant where they served fried rice.

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