There’s one thing that’s becomes disturbingly clear after rolling around the food blogging circuit for a wee while. I, and by ‘I’ I suppose I really mean ‘we’, eat far more than we blog – well I do… I’m sure this is true for most scoff-bloggers. Here’s a prime example I’ve never blogged up before. Once a week or so, when I’m busy grafting, a lunchtime dish winds up at Pieman towers via our homehelp. I don’t always know what it’ll be, but I’m always game. Unfortunately, I don’t always have the time to gad about the city searching out hot new joints and so, the home delivery, surprise factor works well. I know this bowl of Bun Mam originated somewhere on Cach Mang Thanh Tam street, somewhere in District 10 or 3 and I know it cost 10,000VD for the big bowl, but that’s all I know.
Bun Mam is yet another… (yawn, yawn… Are these getting boring yet?) noodle soups which defy the definition ‘soup’. In among this lot I unearthed; prawns, pork, fish, aubergine, spring onion and squid. Oh… and a reasonably thick bun (vermicelli noodle). You not only get the herb plate above, which comprises; 10 different veggies including Bong Sung (a purple thing. And ‘No’ I have no idea what this one’s called in English), Cu Neo, which is the soft spongy fella, looks a bit like celery in the pic above and is a ‘must’ for a blindin’ Canh Chua Ca and then there’s Bap Chuoi, or banana flower. I had trouble with my definitions for this tricky chap on my previous Bun Bo Hue post, but I know my ground now. The soup is sweet with plenty of chili cutting through. In fact, this soup is utterly, gobfillingly gorgeous. Nothing short of a revelation. I cannot find fault with it. I promise to sniff out the address for this and blog in far more detail. It really is just too good to ignore the finer details on this one. I’ll keep you posted.