There’s been something amiss down the market these past few weeks. The elderly Bun mam seller took sick two weeks ago. I don’t think I’m the only Bun mam head shivering off withhdrawal pangs. The whole neighbourhood is suffering. You can see it in the downcast faces, the shuffling plastic flip-flops and the normally pristine shopping pyjamas that look a bit more crumpled than usual. Her slot’s been temporarily nicked by a rice cake seller. It’s a depressing sight. Distraught, I slope off on the trail of new blood to fill the void that is life without Bun mam.
The Bun thit nuong seller is flogging Banh xeo today This savoury pancake dish is an irregular fixture here. But, if she’s got it on the go and you hang around long enough she’ll rustle up a fresh one for you. We’ve covered this prawn, pork and beansprout number before at the ‘famous’ Dinh Cong Trang steet venue. We’ve also hogged one down in Chinatown. So, I’ll spare you the usual bollocks, you can go check the past posts out. Unfortunately, this specimen isn’t quite up to snuff, but it’s fresh, light, filling enough for breakfast and costs 6,000VD. Vietworldkitchen.com has further details and wanderingspoon.com has a nifty MP3 file about cooking Banh xeo which site owner Thy tells was recorded in San Francisco. I wish the old soup demon a full and speedy recovery.