Xi’an, China is most obviously known for the Terracotta Warriors and for its long history. In food however, the dumpling banquet is one of Xi’an’s most popular dishes that dates back to 25-220 AD. Dumplings are taken to the next level in Xi’an. Carefully mastered, there are dozens of different shapes, colors, tastes, and each cooked in different styles. It’s an art in itself.
Food / Drinks
It started with my first meal in Vietnam. I was hooked instantly. I kept discovering foods I hadn’t tried yet. So many delicious dishes in Vietnam.
For those who have never visited Vietnam, what comes to your mind when you think of Vietnam? Many would say war, jungles, traffic jammed motorbikes, and movies like Apocalypse Now. It’s unfortunate but it is indeed what first comes to mind for many people. Honestly, I didn’t know much either until I had visited. I was surprised that most of what I had experienced isn’t what Vietnam is popular for (outside of the country) although it’s such a large part of the country.
I’m not much of a cook and neither do I know much about food ingredients. Not to say that I don’t like cooking; I just don’t know many recipes. After I had my first few meals in Vietnam, I knew this had to be the place to take a cooking lesson. I’m in love with Vietnamese food and I found the perfect restaurant in Hoi An to do it in; White Lotus – part of a registered Non Government Organization called Project Indochina.
Vietnam; Anthony Bourdain calls it the place where everything is used – and nothing wasted in terms of food. That said, I thought it’d be fun to ask Twitter “what’s the craziest thing I could eat in Vietnam? Someone please dare me and I’ll film it.” I hadn’t done much research and didn’t know what to expect. @DohaMike replies and said I should eat Balut and included a Wikipedia link. A fertilized duck egg.
On the shore of Colonia del Sacramento, I ate a a sandwich bigger than what I could bite into. The massive sandwich had bacon, ham, olives, a thin filet steak, mushrooms, onions, eggs, mozzarella cheese, and mayonnaise. As Uruguay’s national sandwich, it’s called the Chivito.