Quảng Ngãi. The beauty of my home town.
June 4, 2012 Leave a comment
Although I did not do much in Quảng Ngãi, I sure took a lot of pictures. Mainly of food, which was very entertaining to my family. But they really got into it and would help make the plate look better. My own food stylists! So I will break down my Quảng Ngãi post into two.
After an awful, sleepless night in Quy Nhơn (I had to sleep in the living room with my cousin and my uncle who is a very LOUD snorer while I am a very LIGHT sleeper), my cousin and I decided to leave a day early and go to Quảng Ngãi. Luckily, her boyfriend and his colleagues were driving home that day so we got to go back in a nice air conditioned car.
After about an hour driving, we stopped for lunch. Note I already had breakfast and coffee by now. I’m not used to eating three full meals a day but all this was about to change. We stopped for cơm gà, but this was not the typical cơm gà that I know (similar to Hainese chicken rice I think). It’s funny because as I was discussing cơm gà with my four lunch mates, everyone had an opinion on where the best was made and how the rice had to be sautéed first. Vietnamese are very passionate about food!
Interestingly, the Quảng Ngãi entry in Lonely Planet states that the province is “famous for a local delicacy called cơm gàm, which actually originates further north at Tam Ky. It consists of boiled chicken over yellow rice (the colour comes from being steamed with chicken broth)”. I saw a lot of cơm gà offered in Quảng Ngãi; unfortunately, I did not get a chance to eat it since I always seemed to be full.
This cơm gà consisted of plain white rice with a well seasoned chicken thigh. It was very good and there was a great dipping sauce. The green onion topping was cooked in oil and was yummy!
Beach in Sa Huỳnh.
I found this picture of the salt marsh in Sa Huỳnh on the internet that is much more representative than my pictures.
Bánh tráng dipped in nước mắm seemed to be the complimentary snack at many restaurants.
I asked to have the crab in a tamarind sauce since I had really enjoyed it with The Gastronomer. It was good but not as good as the soft shell crabs at Quán 94, and it’s much messier and much harder work!
Gói ốc (snails salad). As my dinner companions said, it was more of an onion salad with snails rather than a snail salad. The snails didn’t particularly do it for me either…
Tôm Mũ Ni. These funny-looking fellows are some type of shrimp-cross-with-lobsters that are fished nearby. We picked them alive from the tank. I should have taken a picture when they were alive. They were excellent – like little lobsters!
My two male cousins are hidden. In the middle is my cousin and her boyfriend, and on the right is my cousin’s fiancée.
On my left is my cousin K.
Vịt (Duck). My cousin’s friend T asked about me not eating the skin. No, I’m a bad Vietnamese. I don’t eat fat. I only eat skin when it’s crispy!
Chickens just walk on the sidewalk like the rest of us.
No need for words. Too funny!
Quảng Ngãi may be small but it has a Gucci…!
This field was just behind a main street. I love the green!
I still think it’s cool to see bamboo “in the wild”.
I couldn’t resist buying half a portion of ram bap (8000 dong for a portion of 10) even though I knew my aunt was making some. You have to compare…
They also sell banh xeo. I realize that my mother’s unusual habit of adding beef to banh xeo stems from Quảng Ngãi!
by Miss Adventure.