A Staple of Vietnam Cuisine: Spring Rolls
Virginija insisted that we take a cab back to the hotel area, and we were quickly able to do so. The trip, yet again, cost us only two dollars. The cab driver did not speak English, but we pointed forward, showed the hotel card, and repeated opera opera…
We went to a Sweet Cherry cafe for a snack and ordered Vietnamese coffee, tiger beer, a fruit salad, and some ice cereal. Vietnamese coffee is worth a further exploration. They place a little pot of coffee, filter, and hot water on top of a glass and let it drip for a good 15 minutes. The concentrate that escapes is highly dense and even syrupy, with a heavenly chocolate smell. Then the coffee is poured into a tall glass with ice in it, mixed with sugar, and consumed for a caffeine buzz. If you're me, however, you end up spilling it on your shirt and lap. We trudged back to the hotel, me looking like I managed to pee my pants.
I changed my soiled shorts and we headed back into the blazing heat (by now the sun was meaning business). I found a little restaurant right next to the hotel that was tucked away in one of the side streets, and we dove into what looked like a tiny four story home. And, I think, it is a home to the owner that later chatted us up.
We had some spring rolls and a couple of bowls of rice noodle soup with pork. The interior was decorated with attributes of French and western culture and felt like a living room. We briefly spoke to the owner about our plans for Sapa and Ha Long bay and went back out to continue our adventure.