Sep 042012
Eating with Hungry Ghosts

Eating with Hungry Ghosts I won’t pretend to clearly understand the subtleties of ancient Chinese and Vietnamese traditions that involve opening the gates of hell, restless souls wondering the earth, feeding deceased ancestors, entertaining ghosts, and the like.  It was clear to me, however, that lễ Vu Lan rằm tháng bảy, which occurred last week here [Read on …]

 September 4, 2012
Mar 212012
A Small Saigon Restaurant in the Alley

I’m not sure exactly why, but it seems that food always costs a bit more in Districts 5, & 11, the “Chinese” areas of Saigon. Of course, by western standards, its not expensive at all, but by Saigon standards, I’d say it is. But once in a while, I just feel like eating something different [Read on …]

 March 21, 2012