Category Archives: Asia

Chicken rice @ Maxwell’s

A six-hour layover in Singapore, the airport so near the city, we decide to go into town for dinner and head to Maxwell’s hawker center in Chinatown. The place is the size of a large gymnasium, open on all sides … Continue reading

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What are we drinking in Vietnam?

Forget about wine. There is no wine here. Most people haven’t even heard of wine and wouldn’t know how to serve it if they did. Not that I hold it against them, they have other priorities. It used to be … Continue reading

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fresh spring rolls @ Ben Than Market

She makes it in front of my eyes within seconds. It looks so easy. Rice paper, noodles, shrimp, and a tiny slice of chicken. Roll, tuck et voila. Some herb that I have never seen sticks out of one end. … Continue reading

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Big Ben Than Market Saigon

It’s a mistake to walk into Ben Than Market through the front. You’d never think there was anything BUT aisles and aisles of t-shirts and counterfeit bags of all big brand names you can imagine. Engulfed in sea of textile … Continue reading

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that little market in Saigon

Its time for breakfast. And we are in the streets of Saigon with a mission: find the little street market we’d liked so much the last time we visited Saigon a couple of years ago.  Even with a good sense … Continue reading

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truck stop lunch in Phan Thiet

Just booking the car is an adventure. How long does it take to drive from Saigon to Nha Trang? Everyone we speak to has a different answer. “The roads are good, you can drive fast. 4hrs.” “The roads are only … Continue reading

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Vinh’s nem

One night in Nha Trang, Vinh took us home to his flat for some dinner. He’d made chicken and rice soup, but on the way home he stopped off to pick up an appetizer, as non-eventfully as we might stop … Continue reading

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Laksa for breakfast

Empty street of Chinatown in Singapore Our flight out of Singapore is early on Sunday and Chinatown is virtually empty when we wander through looking for some breakfast. We stand at a cross roads thinking about our options: eat at … Continue reading

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Singapore Noodles

Just throw it all in there. Thin noodles. Bits of pork. A little bit of shrimp. Some egg. A few greens. And a little bit of spice, but nothing aggressive, just aromatic. This is snack in Chinatown after finally arriving … Continue reading

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way before the crack of dawn…morning market Sanur

I wish I’d caught her name. Our little waitress of the night before. The one who had served our Balinese tasting menu at the Wantilan Café  She could see that we were curious, so she spent a lot of time … Continue reading

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Balinese rice

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Street life Ubud

off of monkey forest road      

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Belated Vietnamese Postcard

Little lady selling sweet soy pudding My first trip to Vietnam was in December 2007 (less than a year ago). It was a trip that had a huge impact on many aspects of my life, but probably most importantly, my … Continue reading

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Chinese breakfast in Singapore early saturday morning

After a 13 hour flight, and a 7AM arrival in Singapore we wanted some exoticism. And we found it by going straight to the chinese quarter.   Dim sum keeping hot on the heated cart.  Pork and Shrimp dim sum. … Continue reading

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Salt Pepper Lime

Salt, pepper and lime is a sauce that they make in Vietnam to go with all sorts of fish dishes. It is so easy to do and makes any fish taste electric. Squeeze a quarter of a lime on top … Continue reading

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