Chicken street in Hanoi… The place to be – Vietnam
Feb23

Chicken street in Hanoi… The place to be – Vietnam

Version française I would give away gastronomy sometimes just for 30 minutes in bbq chicken street in Hanoi… In the small streets far from the very crowded backpackers’ area, is the not charming and smelly bbq chicken street. But don’t be fooled by its aspect and my easy description, as when night starts to take over magic happens and this tiny alley becomes a realm where chicken is the one true king. Around 5.30 pm,...

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Thit bo – Beef and soya sprouts – Vietnam
Dec29

Thit bo – Beef and soya sprouts – Vietnam

Version française A classical vietnamese dish As I explained in my portrait of Kim, the owner of  Kim’s homestay, there’re a few principles in the vietnamese cuisine, especially when you talk about the classics… Ingredients :  50 g sliced beef 1 kg soya sprouts 1 sliced onion 3 tbsp fish sauce 1 pinch black pepper 1 pinch chili powder 2 spring onions Salt and sugar, as mush as you need to balance the salty effect of...

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Portrait : Kim – Family lunch and cooking lesson – Vietnam
Dec29

Portrait : Kim – Family lunch and cooking lesson – Vietnam

Version française Fish, beef, omelet, soup… Only the essential for a proper vietnamese meal I finally found a very nice family where I’m having a lot of fun and where i’m learning a lot about vietnamese food and culture. And my portrait today is about THIS woman, Kim, 30 years old, mother of a 3.5 yars old son and 3 months daughter, wife and manager of a little island of generosity in the city center of huè...

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6. ATW : Volunteering in a homestay in Sapa’s district…
Dec24

6. ATW : Volunteering in a homestay in Sapa’s district…

Version française When a good idea becomes a lesson… Yep, we’ve been volunteers abroad for the first time of our lives… And trust me next time I’ll discuss more with the owner before agreeing to work for free ! What I thought wwoofing was about :  What I understood from the web and from the bloggers I follow was that wwoofing is in a way joining a hippie community of travelers in order to exchange hard work in...

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French apple pie with cinnamon, just the way I love it
Dec24

French apple pie with cinnamon, just the way I love it

Version française An apple pie that’s worth the try… and the time As I explained in my article about our volunterring in Tavan in Sapa’s district in the north of Vietnam, I’ve made my very own apple pie in exchange of a vitenamese cooking lesson… Well, I’ve been the only one to do my part of the deal but I had so much pleasure cooking a european kind of recipe after 6 month of travel that it just...

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Apple and cinnamon tea – xmas – Vietnam
Dec24

Apple and cinnamon tea – xmas – Vietnam

Version française A recipe that seems to come directly from Strasbourg’s christmas market but … It’s harder than I thought to enter the kitchens in asia. I thought I would have a good opportunity to learn a few traditionnal vietnamese recipes when I booked my volunteering in Sa Pa in a “homestay” but I actually couldn’t leave the bar when diner was prepared and the atmosphere was not at exchanging...

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Fish sauce… the vietnamese secret – Vietnam
Dec17

Fish sauce… the vietnamese secret – Vietnam

Version française I never knew how to use this fish sauce before arriving in Vietnam   Ingredients :  Fish sauce Garlic Red pepper   Preparation : Chop the red peppers and keep the seeds if you want it “hot” or remove them if you want the sauce “hot but not too much” Chop a clove of garlic Add all this in a bowl of fish sauce and let it macerate a few minutes… or a few hours for an even better...

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Bami king – The vietnamese fast food
Dec08

Bami king – The vietnamese fast food

Version française When it doesn’t come from the US… What does junk food look like? Regarding Brussels, I tried to answer this question last year by trying a few burger restaurants, fish’n chips, I started an investigation on the best french fries in brussels, and I even visited the food truck festival… It seems that talking about junk food in Europe as nothing to do with fast food as there is no such thing as...

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Lau bo, the beef fondue, vietnamese way
Dec05

Lau bo, the beef fondue, vietnamese way

Version française The “Lau Bo”, It’s like a beef fondue but it’s healthier and vietnamese  “Lau” for fondue, “Bo” for beef, “Ga” for chicken and for the other words, we still don’t know their translation but you can find a Lau with seafood, frogs, eels or the super combo: all in one… Ingredients for 2 persons :  2 litres of chicken or vegetables broth 10 black...

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A gourmet restaurant in Vietnam?!?
Dec04

A gourmet restaurant in Vietnam?!?

Version française No tight budget tonight, we’re going to a gourmet restaurant in Mai chau, vietnam After a very difficult time crossing the laotian border (hitchhikking) we had a few days of the magic combo : Bed, snacks and sleep. We finally put our shoes back on, filled our bottles with water and hit the countryside for some hikking in the mountains. On the way back, we passed in front of the “ecolodge” of the...

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