Last day in Asia!
Trip Start May 31, 2012
18Trip End Jul 01, 2012
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Went to a new club called Fuse with Twee and her cousin, Leo. The club was filled with rich young Viets and a couple businessmen and expats. We got a bottle of Belvedere and it cost pretty much the same as it would at a club at home - crazy prices by Vietnamese standards. Have to say though that bottle service in Vietnam is 100x better than it is at home. We had several dedicated servers making us drinks, unwrapping napkins, even lighting your cigarette haha. Love also how they give you a big fruit platter with your drinks here
The next day I went with Twee and her grandparents to eat bun cha at lunch. Bun cha is by far my favorite Vietnamese thing to eat and it's a Hanoi speciality. Most restaurants in Toronto don't have it and we make it at home sometimes but it's nowhere near as good. Basically it's a fatty pork / bacon like thing and mini ground pork patties that have been bbq'ed over charcoal so the flavour of the meat is smoky and delicious. You eat it with vermicelli, herbs and lettuce, pickled vegetables, and the ever present nuoc chum or fish sauce that Viet people eat everything with. So so good - I could have eaten this everyday.
Had some cafe sua da after - iced coffee with condensed milk. Vietnamese coffee is delicious - the flavour is very robust and intense and Vietnam is one of the biggest exporters of coffee in the world. Twee and i went shopping after and picked up some gifts - Omai: dried apricots that come sweet, sour, spicy or pickled and Cafe Chon: Vietnamese weasel coffee
Went to go visit my family after and my aunt and I went for some oc (snails) dipped in this amazing fish sauce with chilis, herbs, lemongrass and garlic. I took a pic to send my mom and she replied that's her number 1 favourite thing to eat in the world. At night i went with Twee's family for a seafood dinner and ice
cream. Everything they ordered was deep fried - the shrimp, calamari, even the corn haha
One thing that's pretty funny is that I keep hearing from everyone here that I'm "much cuter in person." I've heard it from at least 10 different people here. Apparently I'm not photogenic at all in pictures. I was like er thanks? Haha kind of a weird comment but Vietnamese people are brutal in their honesty and completely lack tact. And I suppose it's better than being told I'm uglier in real life :p. I've also gotten a billion "you're so dark" comments - disparagingly from Asians and enviously from White people (and Twee haha). I'm pretty Western in my perception if beauty though as I quite like my tanned skin and wouldn't want to be pasty white if it meant riding around sweltering in 40 degree heat in long sleeves and masks. It all stems back to an Asian class system though that associates dark skin with poorer people who once had to toil away in the fields. I personally think dark skin looks healthier but that's Asia for you and their multi-billion dollar skin whitening industry.
Today is my last day here as my aunt has been taking me around. We went to have bun rieu, crab and tomato noodle soup, which is my fave noodle soup of all. It tastes different here (less meat!) but the broth was delicious and they add fried onions which added great texture
My time in Hanoi was definitely way too short but it's been great visiting everyone again and seeing what a vibrant and lovely city Hanoi has become! I definitely want to come back in the next couple years and babe, they all said to bring you back too :).
Thanks for all of you that have been reading my ramblings! I'm going to post one last reflection entry when I'm back. See you all very soon!