Rainy season – Foods!

18 Mar

Today’s topic is about suitable foods to have in rainy season.

Yes, that’s right! I’m talking about Vietnamese foods, whoohoo!

You might know that Vietnamese foods are diversified and each regions has their own style of cooking. But why would we have to make it complicated like that? Honestly, I have no idea! But that diversification is great, more options for us. Now let’s start this up, check out what options we have for this rainy season.

But first, this is for the prices:

$: You call that’s a bill?!

$$: This one is on me.

$$$: I need my credit card

$$$$: How do you say if we split this?


For the morning, we have …

Bánh bao or Vietnamese Dumpling. In Vietnamese, “bao” is mean covering and “bánh” is cake or pie. So “bánh bao” is literally “covering cake”. The cakes are in ball-shaped, the steamed bun often has ground pork or chicken,  Chinese sausage, and a portion of a hard-boiled egg inside. Bánh bao actually isn’t entirely Vietnamese. They were brought to Vietnam by Cantonese Immigrant, so bánh bao are suitable for the cold regions in the north, but having them in the cold weather of Saigon isn’t a bad choice. You could find the best bánh bao restaurants in Chợ Lớn (district 5), where Vietnamese-Chinese have been living for centuries.

* Thọ Phát

78, Nguyễn Tri Phương street, ward 7, district 5. Open from 5am to 12pm. $

* Cả Cần

110, Hùng Vương street, ward 9, district 5. $

For the other times of the day …

Bánh xèo. A type of hot crepe made out of rice flour with tumeric, shrimps with shells on, silvers of fatty pork, sliced onions, and sometimes button mushrooms, fried in one or two teaspoons of coconut oil. If you have no problem with eating chilly, I would suggest you to have bánh xèo with spicy sauce. It’s a nice way not only for having bánh xèo but also all the other Vietnamese foods since the humid level is way too high in rainy season. Actually, eating spicy food doesn’t have anything to do with high humid level, it’s just so delish!!! To eat bánh xèo, you take a piece of the it and wrap in a lettuce leaf with basil and dip it in the special sauce. Voila!

* Ăn là ghiền

74, Sương Nguyệt Ánh street, Bến Thành Ward, district 1, $$

100A, Cao Thắng streeet, ward 4, district 3, $$

54A, Nguyễn Văn Trỗi street, ward 15, Phú Nhuận district, $$

* Bánh xèo Đinh Công Tráng

46A, Đinh Công Tráng street, Tân Định ward, district 1, $$


Hot-pot. I just can’t miss this. The best Vietnamese food to have in rainy season. I believe you’re all familiar with this, so … let’s do it!

* Yeebo

01, Lê Thánh Tôn street, district 1, $$$$

Lot C1-3 (Sec. A), Phu My Hung, No. 2, Bertrand Russell St., Tan Phu Ward, District 7, $$$$

* Ashima at 35A, Nguyễn Đình Chiểu street, district 1, $$$

11, Cong truong Me Linh, district 1, $$$

11, Tu Xuong street, district 1, $$$


Of course, there are many other meals that go great with this fine weather such as Chinese noodles, phá lấu, etc. But don’t worry about cholesterol, calories or stuffs like that because Vietnamese foods are pretty healthy, compare to the other in China. We have variety type of vegetables and I myself couldn’t tell them apart!

So, what are you waiting for!?

Whoohoo! (again)

by Trà

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Entertainment


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