Brandon and I took a cooking class today! As part of the class we went to a Vietnamese market and picked our own produce. The produce was abundant but there were also things in this market that I had never seen before. Out in the open were pig brains and every part of a cow you could think of. There are no fridges in the market, so everything is fresh and must be sold that day. We saw live fish having their heads cut off, and most shocking to me were frogs that were being slammed on a counter in order to kill them. I accidentally took a video of this, but have decided not to show it.
This is the culture in Vietnam, so I am being open minded. All very interesting.
Brandon and I have a driver/tour guide while we are in Saigon. His name is Hung!
He is the sweetest! He is Buddhist and as part of his practice he and his wife buy a fish from the market twice a week and set it free in the Saigon river. He does not believe in killing animals, even mosquitos!
For our cooking class today we made 3 main dishes:
I tried to take a video during class, but this was a little difficult. I did get a quick one though and will post later.
First dish was a mustard leaf roll. Inside was carrots, onions, coconut stalk, lotus stem, lemon basil, mint, and some other green thing. Ill get that name later :)
This green wrap really reminded me of a wrap I made with Elyse from Lillybelle foods! Just a Vietnamese version.
Next: sticky rice fritter aka fried rice balls
Inside these balls I chose not to put meat, rather I stuck with veggies.
They were crispy on the outside and very dense. The chef said this is traditional Vietnamese street food. It's cheap and filling!
Last dish: fresh rice noodles with BBQ pork! I do not eat pork so I took a picture of Brandon's dish. I just made mine sans meat. There was not much cooking for this one other than making the sauce and grilling the meat.
The sauce was made of mostly:
Kumquats Garlic Water Fish oil Sugar Salt Chili peppers Pepper
Sing Ciào! Off to De Lat tomorrow!
PS excuse any typos! This is all done on my phone!