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Lunch with Care

because we are obsessed about lunch.

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Mekong River, September 2nd 2011

We got back into the boat, but just when I was just about to doze, our tour guide told us to get down. Lunch time. Vietnamese people are obsessed about lunch, Insight Guides wrote. That's very true.

We had lunch in this big restaurant which had a stage for live music performance. You know what, I don't like this picture. Ssshhh...

All tables were delicately set. That afternoon my group wasn't the only tourist group. The place turned crowded in no time by lunch-obsessed parties.

In my country, we call this "Gurame Goreng" or "fried carp". It's a common dish. However, all my life, I've never seen a "Gurame Goreng" dish served on the table this way. Never. We usually just lay the fish flat on a plate. Some restaurants pull the fins up and make it look like wings. But never pinched between vegetable sticks like this.

But, a bigger surprise was yet to come. We are not at all going to savor the fish as my countrymen would do. See! First, the waiter places a sheet of rice paper on the small plate in front of each of us. On that rice paper, she lays a slice of pineapple and a slice of cucumber. What's rice paper? Refer to my previous post.

Now, the waiter peels off some chunks of fish meat, and...

... and spreads them on the slices of cucumber and pineapple.

So, layer one: Rice paper. Layer two: pineapple and cucumber side by side. Layer three: chunks of carp (gurame) fish meat.

Lastly, roll them all, and there you are.

Back on the boat, back on the move, on Mekong River.

Once again, our boat anchored. It's Vinh Long. From here we got on a van (mini bus) for another 3 hours ride to Long Xuyen.

Posted by automidori 05:31 Archived in Vietnam Tagged vietnam mekong_river

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