Warning: A dozen dishes may sound like a lot of food, but it’s really not once you start slurping down the tasty treats. Already made famous by the likes of Anthony Bourdain and recommended to us by our new Halong Bay friends John and Charmaine, this popular deli serves what are arguably the best banh mi sandwiches in Central Vietnam if not the entire country.
Did we mention that our camera died right in the middle of our time in Central Vietnam? After eating our way through Hanoi the three prior weeks, we wondered how the Central Vietnamese food would compare.Like much of Vietnam, coffee is readily available in Central Vietnam, which makes sense since Vietnam is the world’s second largest producing coffee country just after Brazil.Like the locals, we drank cà phê sữa đá (also known as iced coffee with milk) morning, noon and night.For many of our generation, the American War with Vietnam conjures images of Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), jungles and rice paddies.Vietnam is not a tiny country and it’s a long way (we traveled by jet from Da Nang to Saigon) from South to Central.
Crispy, flavorful and stuffed with shrimp and other savories, these pancakes don’t carry much resemblance to the western breakfast favorite with the same name.