Here’s another in our occasional series of combo basket streetfood delivery devices. I find this lady trawling hers around the local market. She sells xoi (sticky rice – sometimes savoury, sometimes sweet) Please note the hygiene inspector friendly plastic tarpaulin food shields. These things are all the rage down south. Is there more dust down here? Are we just cleaner? Maybe this seller comes from Hanoi as she’s not having any of them transparent kinky gloves.
We’ve covered xoi before and I’m not the world’s biggest fan of this basic sticky rice snack stuff. Above and below are pictured the condiments section and the rice basket respectively.
Moving on to the scoffables. Below we have the sweet rice xoi. Note the copious amount of sugar ladled onto this rice filled polystyrene box. Somehow this reminds me of drinking coffee by the river in Vientiane. I watched as the coffee seller filled half a beer glass with sugar before ladling in the coffee. It was the thickest, blackest, stodgiest, and obviously the sweetest, coffee I will ever taste. I digress.
The xoi below is the savoury number. The sliced red meat is a sweet sausage (yuck). The stringy stuff is dried shredded pork. There’s beansprouts, some pate and corn along for the ride too.
At 2,000VD a tray I won’t grumble. The savoury xoi is pretty good – a salty, snacky near hit. I finished this in its entirety minus the red meat. I didn’t attempt the sweet version.