Here we are in Hoi An located on the central coast of Vietnam. There are beautiful beaches where one can relax in the sun or walk along the shore to observe local fishermen at work. Here you see men and women hauling in big nets, hopefully, filled with a successful catch, and boat people using huge round baskets for capturing squid.
The charm of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the old town with its narrow meandering streets. As in every other place, it is a wonderful place to people watch, and I can’t get a fill of the unfamiliar.
After exploring the market, the traveling sisterhood (a name given us here) participated in a cooking class, a real highlight of the trip thus far. Using many of those very fresh ingredients, we made spring rolls, noodle soup, marinated chicken, stir fried morning glory and mango/jicama salad. All were delicious and not too difficult to prepare. Maybe that was because much of the prep work was done taking the real labor out of the process. Can I make these things again? You bet because I now have Miss Vy’s beautiful cookbook, Taste Vietnam.
Day or night, HoiAn, with its Japanese and Chinese influences, was a visual delight. Oh, have I mentioned that it is a shoppers paradise so get out your dong!
I’m so glad to have you experiencing all this with me!