My favourite Vietnamese dish.

Forget phở, the ubiquitous Vietnamese noodle soup dish, these wondrous little wraps are the best thing to come out of Vietnam since, well, those really cute pot bellied pigs. They consist of a crepe style mini wrap, grated coconut, sugar paper, sesame seeds and then condensed milk which serves as glue. They are so much more delicious than the sum of […]

The twelve year jelly gap.

Being vegetarian has its downside.  Being unable to join in games of fluffy bunnies, missing out on hangover bacon and discovering the perfect pair of shoes then finding out you can’t buy them because they’re made from leather. Another main downside is Jelly, due to its gelatine content. Thankfully I turned vegetarian aged 10, so […]

Swiss swooo

My housemate’s parents have come to visit. They are British but live in Switzerland and arrived with Swiss cheese, Swiss chocolate and flapjack. These things are currently constituting my breakfast. All washed down with diet coke, which I’m abusing lately to ween myself off those incredibly delicious Vietnamese coffees made with condensed milk. The annoying thing is you can’t get big […]

Heaven is a place on earth (citimart supermarket, Nguyen Trai street)

In the beginning, there was the word. And also a girl with a chocolate problem. The land was  barren and formless, with the spirit of hunger lingering over.  Alas, there was no Cadbury’s to be found. Then, the supermarket nearest to her transformed from a ‘Wellcome Mart’ (yes, with two Ls!) to a ‘Citimart’. This new supermarket […]