It’s 6:30 am, time for a quick breakfast before starting the work day, or the day’s tour. You’ve had phở six mornings in a row for breakfast, cơm (rice) six evenings in a row for dinner. What to do?
How about a big juicy beef steak!
That’s our situation a few times each month. As much as Hai and I love Vietnamese food, once in awhile steak, eggs, potatoes, and a small salad call out to us.
How can we resists?
A popular “western” dish in Hanoi and here in Saigon, bít tết can be found all around town. But the one place that draws in the crowds, locals and người nước ngoài (foreigners), is Nam Sơn.
I don’t go that often so I feel it’s necessary to order “the works” whenever I do go. Beefsteak, pate’, an egg, french fries, salad and bánh mí (a french roll). Life is good and filling!
But, several cautions are in order. First, the black iron skillet that is delivered to your table with your beefsteak is red-searing hot – seriously – don’t touch.
And being a sizzling iron skillet, it in fact sizzles, i.e. splattering hot grease in all directions, including towards your face, your clothes and surrounding floor. You can easily skate into or out of Nam Sơn’s on the slick grease-covered floor. Finally, the catsup with your french fries isn’t. It’s chili sauce.
So, proceed with caution on all fronts. And enjoy a great western meal before getting back to some more serious Vietnamese food adventures.
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