Letters to My Daughter: We Also Eat

I’m not one to talk about food since peanut butter on bread is delicious to me. But here is a dish that I truly loved. It’s called cao lau. Maybe I loved it so much because Riko at her restaurant U Cafe Hoi An made me a vegetarian version. It was so good, I ate most of it before I paused to show you before it was gone. Riko is Japanese and has made her home in Hoi An.

This is a vegetarian version of cao lau. It’s made with flat noodles, scallions, tofu, lime, chilies, in a sauce with crushed peanuts on top.

Here are more dishes we ate at a cafe on the highway.

This is jack fruit, okra, rice with morning glories and tofu, with I think a plum chili sauce.
Here are some of my companions on a boat riding to one of the islands in the Mekong River when we were in the South. You can see we’re drinking delicious coconut milk right from the coconut.
And street food!

This is a crispy rice paper cracker that’s delicious by itself. They serve it in restaurants and you can punch it with the heel of your hand to break into to serving-sized pieces and dip it in sauces. You can also get it layered with toppings like here on the street in Hoi An.

2 Responses to “Letters to My Daughter: We Also Eat”

    • terryfarish

      Dear Lily,
      I’m so glad you’re here with me. I can imagine you walking on the street in Hanoi with me and finding amazing places to explore. Thank you!


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