Japanese food is one of the few international cuisines that are ubiquitous in Da Nang. But for those who know Japanese dishes so well like myself, simple Makizushi ("rolled sushi", typically with cucumber, avocado, crab meat) or Nigirizushi ("hand-formed sushi", commonly associated with raw fish) aren’t appealing enough. After 4 years living in Japan, sometimes I feel like a Japanese expat living in Da Nang now that 2 years have passed since I left the country. And like what a typical expat does when her craving for home country food is at its best, I wandered through google images, trying to search for that one authentic restaurant, that one dish that could make me feel ‘home’.
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|Mì Quảng chay - Vegetarian mi quang|
The longer I stay in Vietnam the more I inch toward typical Vietnamese habits. This is most apparent in my cravings for white rice. A Vietnamese might surely suffer rice withdrawals if they were deprived the satisfaction of their daily consumption, as the saying goes "cơm là vợ, phở là bồ". For me, this new desire needs to be satisfied 4-5 times a week. Couple my new-found craving with my body's need for veggies in general, leafy greens specifically, and I've found myself in and out of many a quan chay, or vegetarian restaurant.
If you’re from northern Vietnam you must have familiarized yourself with bánh cuốn, a rice noodle roll made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter, filled with seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom (or cotton meat as a variation), and minced fried shallots. Sides for this dish usually consist of chả lụa (Vietnamese pork sausage), sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, with the dipping sauce called nước chấm. This light and delicious northern dish has made its name all over the country and even overseas.