I’ve been out of the UK for a few months now and I think the first signs of comfort food lust kicked in over the weekend. It’s a sure sign when something approaching love is felt at the sound of eggs frying in litres of lard. The fact that I can’t get me one of these means an oriental fat fix will have to suffice. I discovered my gastronomic methadone spitting hot oil and egg white at me from stall 1074 on the perimeter of the food hall at Ben Thanh market.
Bo Bittet is a northern Vietnamese fry-up. It’s the greasiest dish in the east, but will it slake the fat thirst of a British breakfast junky? What we have here is a furiously hot, cow shaped metal plate sitting on a wooden frame. Inside there are thin strips of beef and finely diced tomatoes doused is a sweet marinade. Not sure quite what goes into the marinade, but the flavour is far from overpowering. Sling on a couple of onion slices and in with your eggs. Sizzle ‘n’ serve. There’s a side salad of tomato, lettuce, carrot and raddish. And you’ll find a couple of sliced red chillies shoved in a bowl of soy sauce. A banh my baguette rounds off your brekkie.
your finest pressed white flannel shirt at your peril. This beast will
spit and growl at you for a good few minutes before surrendering to
your stomach. Vietnam’s finest fat shower. Bo Bittet is a serious sizzler. The snap above doesn’t do it justice. Bo Bittet the movie comes closer, but you really need to try this one yourself. Stall 1074 also sells two versions of Hu tieu 8-12,000VD and Op la (Fried eggs). Bo Bittet will set you back 12,000VD. As fat fixes go, this is one of the better ones.