Bánh cuốn Tay Ho in Saigon, Vietnam. A great little place tucked away in the city centre. Did you know there are other dishes us Vietnamese people have besides Pho? Bet you can’t think of any. lol Well here’s one, bánh cuốn. If a non-Vietnamese person come up to me and says “Bánh cuốn is my favourite!”, I would be all ears and ask, “What other dishes do you know??”
What is bánh cuốn?
“Bánh cuốn is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with a mixture of cooked seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. Sides for this dish usually consist of chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage), sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, with the dipping sauce which is fish sauce called nước chấm. ” — Wikipedia
This particular trip holds a special place in my heart. It was my first trip EVER to my family’s motherland. I’ve heard of countless stories about the war, being new immigrants to Canada/USA, and what the ‘good old days’ were like back in Saigon.
I’ve always wondered, ‘what if I could walk down the same street and meet the same people from all the stories I’ve heard?”. Well, it happened on this trip! What’s even better? My parents moved to Saigon for a couple of years now, so they escorted me and my friends around town. Every street, every corner, every food cart, was,”Remember that time I skipped school? It was here” or “Omg this is where your Aunt house was.” It was amazing.
The most profound moment, was when I stood on top of my grandparent’s rooftop with my dad. He spoke about the time during the war on how he escaped with my great-uncle, who was a pilot in the army. My great-uncle picked my dad up from the very same spot with a helicopter. To this day, people in the neighbourhood would still gossip about it, and say how crazy that whole scene was. Afterwards, we both stood there in silence, until I had this thought and sadness swarmed over me. I think that was the day my dad last saw his parents. I have never met them before, but I heard they are quite the power couple. 🙂
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A great photo by Wandering Chopsticks