Vietnam Spring Rolls Escapade
Strolling along the busy streets of downtown Ho Chi Minh and coming across with some of their street vendors made me miss Philippines even more â€“ more so, the many flavorful Filipino food I have grown up with. Hours dragged into days as I try to separate my excitement from anxiety of being in a foreign land without rice on my meals. Worse, I am all alone trying to find my way into the world â€“ without my nanny to help with my laundry. Escaping into a foreign land is something that makes me alive. With no certain itinerary, I let loose and embrace the new environment like a kid in a candy shop. Excited to try everything in sight but afraid to fall flat on the face and act all stupid in front of the locals. Especially when it comes to their cuisines that are somewhat the same with our many Filipino recipes. For days now, I have been taking the same route in search of the great Viet spring rolls. Tour and food glossies recommended a specific spot in their famous Ben Than Market â€“ who am I to ignore, right? At first, I ended up lost and haggling on merchandises that I need not buy. I cannot help it; the atmosphere is contagious.
At last, I ran out of energy and is looking for something to eat. Famished and tired from all the walking, I stumbled upon a quaint shop, along the street, with small chairs and tables that served -- you guessed it -- spring rolls. Indeed, the angels heard my repetitive plea. Seeing it mixed and rolled right before your eyes is an experience like no other. No, it is not like seeing Hardwell in person but something to that extent. The best part? Eating it right there with all the commotion in the market, busy street and all of Ho Chi Minh to see you. Try doing that in the Philippines in your not-so-street-outfit and you’d be stared down to a tee. Paired with a cup of cold Viet coffee, I was celebrating my gastronomical indulgence with every bite. The freshness of the greens, the snappy juicy feel of shrimps and the wrap itself was superb. Not to mention the sauce – it made all the difference. I can still taste it even up to this day. Coming back home, I could say that Vietnam I one Asian destination I will gladly visit again. It was more than its architectural and historical scenic spots, it was a hub of food, sights and sounds that will make you fall in love without knowing it. Vietnamese cuisine may not be the same as our very own Filipino food recipes and festive Philippine cuisine but they were something that my ‘always craving’ palette constant seeks for. See you soon Vietnam and spring rolls!