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Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Vietnam // The Land of $1 Meals!

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Vietnam // The Land of $1 Meals!

I moved away from Vietnam almost
exactly a year ago. I love living in China, but I do miss Vietnam almost
every day, and a big part of that is the food. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were
highlights of my day, so I wanted to put together this video with a typical day a
meals in VIetnam. No peppers for me… it’s a little early. I’m eating this out of the comfort of my own home, but obviously it comes in a nice little package. You
can eat it on the move, if you’re walking around, a nice stroll in the morning is
always good with a banh mi, or go to a park, sit in a park, or you can even go
to a cafe get a coffee. People don’t mind if you sit in their cafe and bring your
own sandwich. Very good. The French were actually the ones to introduce
sandwiches to Vietnam before that they didn’t really have bread. A Vietnamese
sandwich or a banh mi is a lot different than a normal sandwich the bread is actually made with rice flour and wheat flour, so it’s a little bit – kind of
softer on the inside, but crispy on the outside. There are a ton of different
kinds of banh mi… rotisserie pork like this Beef, just the egg, fish, pate, cha lua – which is… kind of a Vietnamese kind of ham pork belly, anchovies, if you just want cheese – laughing cow cheese. It’s really good. And cheap. It was 13,000 for this. So sit down at a cafe, bring along a banh mi, and you’re looking at 25,000 for breakfast. Lunch time! So it’s about 11:00 AM. Kind
of early for lunch for a lot of people but it’s actually a great time to go for
lunch in Vietnam. Most people get up really early here,
because the heat, the food is the kind of the freshest around then. You’ll notice in
Vietnam lots and lots of signs that say com… C-O-M and that means rice.
Sometimes it’ll actually say com tam. Sometimes it’ll say com trua. I’m
going to go get some com tam – it means rice broken – broken rice. At one time
broken rice was like the go-to cheap meal because the rice was actually
left over rice from the rice factory that wasn’t full – it was broken. And so
they could buy it for cheaper. So it’s just smaller grains of rice basically.
But now they actually make broken rice, so they’ll take normal rice and break it
up because it’s become somewhat trendy. When I say I’m going for broken rice
I mean I’m going to a place that serves rice with meat, vegetable, soup.
If you see a place and there’s smoke billowing out of it, they’re grilling up
fresh probably pork and maybe some chicken. And those are always good
because it is cooked fresh, but a lot of places will have counters filled with
food – fish, pork, chicken, seafood, all kinds of different stuff. And you just kind of
go up to the glass counter, point to what you want, and they’ll throw it down on a
plate for you with some rice. And I’m gonna go sit down. I got the pork ribs. You get a little
vegetables on the side. You get some greens over here as well. You can eat
that. Some people wrap the meat in the herbs and the lettuce. So I was in and out of there in probably five minutes. It’s a really fast food kind of experience. What’s the plan now, Stinky? Get some dinner? Let’s see… We could go to the night market where it’s
lively the food is cheap and there’s usually a decent variety of meats, rice,
noodles, and vegetables. Or we could even do a specialty night market, like the side
street in Hanoi that I like to call bacon alley. This is all… well, it’s not all but it’s mostly bacon. I’m already filled on bacon. I’ve already eaten so much of it. There’s still like a ball and bacon there left. We could try some of the specialties of the area. Banh kan in Dalat Banh khot in Vung Tau All sorts of amazing Imperial food from
Hue. Or maybe we should just head to a
bia hoi place where we can get cheap draft beer and fill our stomachs with tasty
bar food. Vietnam’s 3260 kilometer coast means great seafood. We could head to a
seafood restaurant maybe something right on the water with freshly killed fish
and shellfish. Look at that – tamarind, nice and sweet. Garlic… Or how about a barbecue
restaurant where we can grill up our favorite meat right at the table. It’s kind of
wht makes the restaurant great. I better help Sara so…. If you’re not that hungry, we could just get a bowl of soup. Maybe hu tieu, or pho. Whatever we decide on is sure to be fresh, balanced, delicious, and probably pretty cheap. 40,000 for that.. that’s like $2! Thanks for watching to the end. If you
are interested in Vietnamese food. If you want to learn more – you can get my guide. it has over 75 dishes and it is packed full of information, photos, everything
you need to travel Vietnam and try a variety of dishes. It even has a food dictionary
that will help you decipher any Vietnamese menu. And it’s completely free! So… Free is good!

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