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ASEAN: Ho Chi Min City Food

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ASEAN is coming, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It's been around a long time, but more recently there is a drive to make it an Asian version of the European Union, with integrated trading, economy and free movement of people.

I decided to go visit some of our neighboring ASEAN countries to get a taste of their food. First off is Vietnam, Ho Chi Min city, aka Saigon is where I'm heading. The big food here is Pho , meat stocks used as the base for noodles, served with vegetables, meats and garnishes. Noodles are a familiar thing right across Asia, and there's nothing unique about these dishes, so I go searching for more exotic things.

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Vietnamese fried spring rolls perhaps. Again a common dish of Vietnam, traditionally these spring rolls are served as wraps, not fried. The Chinese influence created this hybrid fried version. Served with a spicy dipping sauce, these are familiar fair in Thailand.

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They have this celebration dish, a pancake filled with beansprouts, pork and shrimp, which you eat by wrapping portions of it in lettuce and dipping it in a spicy dipping sauce. The celebration here is the filling more than the flavor!

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But things get a lot better when I explore the streets. Everywhere people make little stove cakes, backed over hot charcoal, and sheets of sliced banana. Simple delicious foods.

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And soft cooked meats served in rich juices served with spicy sauces. This one is not for me, (its beef) but it looked absolutely delicious.

This is a promising start to my ASEAN adventures, but its not the best food I found here! More on that later.

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