• Food
  • Bánh Bèo Dĩa

    “How does it taste, ma?” I excitedly asked my mother the moment she put the first piece of bánh bèo, which I had just made, in her mouth. “Good!” She replied while chewing the smooth and tender bánh bèo made of rice flour and topped with shredded shrimp. Just that single word from her put […]

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  • Bánh Khoái Cá Kình

    Right at a corner of chaotic Chuồn Market, there is a woman, surrounded with people, struggling with a dozen of pans. It’s O Lành (Auntie Lành), a great “bánh khoái cá kình” maker. She used a short stalk of a banana leaf coating the pan’s bottom with a thin layer of cooking oil. She then […]

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  • Nậm & Lọc

    Nậm loves her outfit made of green banana leaf or dong (a kind of leaf whose scientific name is Phrynium placentarium) and wears it all the time. Lọc is a naughty guy. Sometimes he puts on the same banana leaf outfit as Nậm does, but sometimes he just enjoys being uncovered. Huế people call him Lọc Gói (wrapped Lọc) when he has clothes on and Lọc Trần (topless Lọc) when he goes naked.