Mmm…yummy, yummy local food

Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
Trip End Jul 31, 2012

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Well, today is the last day we are spending in Hoi An, but we certainly made it a worthwhile visit. We had booked ourselves for the "A Taste of Hoi An" tour, which had come very highly recommended on Trip Advisor. We were picked up at 7:30 this morning and headed off for our amazing 5 hour tour. The guy running the tour was an Aussie who lives in Hoi An now, and just loves food and sharing amazing food with others. Our guide, Neville, first took us through a local market. We always walk through the “touristy” markets, but this was actually one where the locals come to shop for the foods. Our guide spent a lot of time speaking about the importance of cleanliness and hygiene for the Vietnamese people, and the market was a perfect example of this. So many times we have walked through busy food markets and they are just buzzing with flies, which means dirty. I swear, there wasn't a fly in sight at this market. Everything here looked so fresh and delicious. As we walked along, we stopped off at some food stands to try more food. There is even this 95 year old man known as the “Xi Ma” (see maa) man, who makes this disgusting looking black soupy thing on the street, that everyone swears is this health elixir kind of thing. No westerner would ever stop for this, but we did. Once you got past the look of it, it was actually pretty good. We stopped at one restaurant that is associated with the tour to do a tasting of some local food. Everything was absolutely delicious!!! Luckily, I had mentioned I was veggie when we signed up because I would have missed out on a lot of food otherwise! Everything that was made for the rest of the group had tofu replacement for me. It was sooo good! At this stop, Chris tried some pork sandwich that he liked so much we had to go find the old lady’s food stall later in the day so he could have another one. After walking for a little bit longer and having some restaurants pointed out to us, we stopped again for some more tastings. By the time we finished, we had probably sampled close to 30 different local dishes. Once again, I had to give Chris credit for finding an amazing tour for us.

It was funny, by the time we finished up this afternoon we realized that we still hadn’t seen some of the actual sights within the old city. The weird thing was, we didn’t really care that we hadn’t seen them as we’d had the opportunity to see a really different side of the city instead.

Tonight we have had to travel to Da Nang, which is about 25 minutes away from Hoi An. Unfortunately, the airport is here and we have a really early flight tomorrow morning so it just made more sense to be here. We just weren’t in the mood to actually go and find food that we really wanted so tonight marks our first “western” style dinner…veggie lasagna and pizza. At least we didn’t do this in Hoi An!!!

Off to Ho Chi Minh City tomorrow morning – our final city in Vietnam.
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I am thoroughly enjoying myself with this blog, Brooke. KUDOS!!

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