Tonight was another highlight of our trip A night:”foodie” tour of Ho Chi Minh City by motorbike. Despite my trepidation at being on the back of a motor bike in this city, we had a wonderful time.
At 6 pm three motor bikes turned up at the hotel Two for us and a backup. All were female final year University students, studying English. They were about 20 years old and their bright personalities meant that you couldn’t help but enjoy yourself.They helped me overcome my nervousness at bring on a motorbike in the crazy traffic.
Our first course was papaya salad. It wasn’t bad. Less spicy than Thailand and no soft shell crab. We sat on very small stools outside a public toilet in a park We were served from a street stall.
Our next stop was a very large local restaurant full of locals. The girls ordered fo us. We had clams, ink bladders from squid (I think), and delicious fresh crusty bread. The bread was pulled apart and eaten without butter. Small portions of it were used to make sandwiches from the food. It then all washed down with Tiger Beer.Many dishes yet to come!
After dinner we had an exciting drive through a labyrinth of alleys, only about a meter wide with right angle turns. Fortunately it was all one-way.
This blog is getting a bit long, so I will break here. To be continued……