There's a lot of information under a table in Saigon. See the "napkins". They're always thin, often from a cheap toilet roll. The limes, always halved. But, there's more here too. See the marks on the table legs where years of eaters have rested their plastic flip-flops. Then there's the plastic stool chair leg, on the right of the picture. There are two chairs stacked there. Why? If the chairs are already stacked, it must be near closing time. That fact that there are chairs there at all means this must be a market stall or a regular street stall. You wouldn't find chairs, less tables, at a street wheeler stall. Indeed, the high incidence of mess suggests we're well into the day's serving here. Is that a bone? I think it is. Pig probably. And, what about the plastic bag hanging on the left hand side of the picture. It's full of pre-cooked tofu, isn't it? Yes it is. I took the photo, but didn't catalogue it very well at all. However, there's enough information within this image to remind me what dish was served, where it was served and what time of day it was. Not to mention, the general state of the places I used to eat in. I do remember this dish and where I ate it. And it was bloody good.
Photo: I took it