I found my soul again. Actually, the doctor from the Medical University Hospital brought it back to me. After knowing I was given a wrong medication (right from the first prescription, hmmm) and that I took that wrong medication during Sep and Oct, I was cursing the doctor from Hoan My hospital for putting me through that terrible endoscopic test and such a long period of treatment.
I am happy again now as the new medication seems to be doing me good. As I find my gastronomic soul again, I fully realize how much I love Huế food. Bánh nậm, bánh bèo tôm chấy, cuốn Huế, cơm hến, canh mít non nấu với tôm và thịt bò, bánh canh cua just to name a few.
Although I’ve never been to Huế and really tasted Huế food right at its hometown, I’ve been told that Huế food in Saigon tastes much better. I need not a detailed explanation. For now, I am thankful that good Huế food is a few kilometres away from my place.
Let me now randomly go through my favorite dishes:
Cua rang me (Hey, I can cook this well given that you buy me well-built grabs. Hehe, I mean cua chắc thịt chứ không phải cua óp. I swear the grabs stir fried with buttery egg sauce I had years ago in Thailand wouldn’t be able to beat this tasty Vietnamese cua rang me)
Mắm chưng (I miss my old Chinese neighbor cook who got me addicted to this dish. When he was still alive, he would cook it every once in a while, and always give my family a decent share)
Bún nước lèo (Trust that the best Bún nước lèo in Saigon is on Trần Cao Vân street)
… and the list will continue some other time …