I’m having a bit of an inspirational lull at the moment as I’m just loitering around in Phu Quoc, I’m staying here for 10 days, which is really far too long but I need to bide some time before going to Cambodia and seeing as I paid for the boat to get here then I may as well take my time, there is a beach with crystal clear water just 100m away so it’s a good place to choose.
My breakfasts will be a bit repetitive as they are included with the room, there isn’t a great selection but what there is is good. I’m staying at A74 hotel which is $25 a night for a sea view double room, we get 10% off for staying 7 days so $22.5 or £14. I only really need 2 meals a day so my lunches can be a little absurd. As I’m not doing much here this is most of my spendings, though a motorbike will be hired one day and a snorkelling trip was done another. I tend to have one fresh coconut water a day which costs 12,000/36p and is a truly healthy treat. Apparently it is so close to the substance of blood plasma they used it for transfusions in the Vietnam (American war) war. If you’re lucky they will then chop the coconut open and let you scoop out the flesh.
Breakfast – BBQ pork and rice – free – pretty tasty, I struggled to cut up pork with chopsticks though.
Lunch – Pancakes with ice cream – 80,000/£2.50 – hugely overpriced, had to try this place as it was the trip advisor highest rated, should have had a baguette as they looked real jam packed, the ice cream was crystallised, dairy in Asia will never meet my standards.
Dinner – Beef kebab and garlic bread cooked on bbq – 75,000/£2.50 – bought from the outside night market. Really bloody good, the kebab was huge, succulent meat wedged between pineapple, egg plant and pepper, I intend to revisit, with insect repellent.
Snack – Vietnamese sesame donut – 5,000/15p – a favourite snack, kind of a puffy donut with sesame seeds on.
Comment. I don’t like to eat meat twice in one day and lunch was an extravagance, tomorrow I will be better.
Breakfast – Meatball baguette – free – really good tomato sauce
Lunch – nothing today, was in the middle of nowhere, lucky enough to find petrol
Dinner - Four Cheese Pizza – 115,000/£3.50 – My first Cheese fix in about a month, really satisfying even though they tried to charge me for a large when I asked for a regular. If only they weren’t so blasé with the waitressing that they think they can remember an order instead of writing it down.
Breakfast – Banana Pancake with honey – Free – Good and tasty, pancakes never get old.
Lunch – Pho Ga also known as chicken noodle soup – 30,000/£1 – an Asian staple
Dinner – Vietnamese Vege Curry – 52,000/£1.60 – really tasty, and who can resist the patronising name of the restaurant ‘Let’s Try Viatnemese Cuisine’
Comment – A good day for food, cheap and healthy. Nothing to feel guilty about!
Lunch – Coconut tart – 10,000/30p – just a snack from the local bakery
Dinner – chicken kebab skewer and garlic bread – 60,000/£2 – A return for the night market, different stall, cheaper and better.
Snack – gooey chocolate cake – 15,000/45p – really, really good
Breakfast – Banana pancake – free – had to line my stomach for the first Malaria tablet L
Lunch – vegetable fried rice – 55,000/£1.80 – bog standard, huge portion, far too big, also a bit gritty as we ate at a beach resort and sand was blowing around.
Dinner – pork skewer and fries – 60,000/£1.90 – couldn’t be bothered to walk to the night market, really should have.
Snack – Mango – 10,000/30p
Breakfast – Poached egg baguette – Free – an easy meal before setting off to next destination.
Lunch – Noodles with vegetables – 30,000/£1 – ate while waiting for bus transfer, very standard
Dinner – Sweet and sour Beef – 66,000/£2 – First Chinese food since China thanks to many people of Chinese descent in Chau Doc, quite tasty.
Snack – A few loose cookies – 8,000/24p – just handy in my bag.
Breakfast – Baguette with cream cheese – free – quite depressing
Dinner – Chicken and Vegetable Hot Pot – 60,000/£1.80 – really authentic and tasty, shame these things are so hard to find in heavily touristed areas.
In a lot of the tourist areas like Hoi An, Mui Ne and Phu Quoc it is hard to get authentic Vietnamese food, especially at a decent price. Hanoi is a really good happy medium as you can choose any western cuisine you wish or you can walk down a dirty side street and eat humbly with the locals. The food in Vietnam is quite delicately flavoured and really tasty. Next I’m looking forward to the food of Cambodia and only hope it’s not too fishy.