Street food with Saigon Free Day Tours
[WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO TALK – FOOD TOUR JULY 10, 2018]
This was the first food tour that I spent more than 4 hours on the trip. We talked a lot about multi subjects, especially Brazilian Jiu Jetsu, which Susan’s husband is the coach and I’m really keen on as well, Vietnamese original coffee, Marketing and Politics. We have had an appointment to enjoy Trung Nguyen coffee together and wanted to talk more, but we didn’t have enough time to do. I hope to see them some other times to exchange variable perspectives of other interesting subjects!
Guests: Susan, her husband and their daughter from Finland.
Guides: Loc Bui and Hong Van.
We arrived at Centre Park Hotel at 6pm and our guests, we waited for Susan for 2 minutes to prepare .Then we took a Grab car to first place that Van and I have planned. Unfortunately, the traffic jam made the driver couldn’t be there and he cancelled it.
In the time we were waiting for another car, Van and I showed them our plan and they said they wanted to eat “Bo la lot” which they have had a chance to try before. Actually, it was really hard for Van and I because Susan and her daughter couldn’t eat pork and fried food, but typical Vietnamese food usually uses pork as a main ingridient and fry as a main way to cook. After finishing the first meal of Bún chả Hà Nội, we changed wholely our plan, and I asked them again about eating Bo la lot. They said that they wanted to go to a multiple-choice restaurant. I suggested them trying Con gà trong restaurant which has style of the Southwest of Vietnam, a style of Khmer ethnic minority originally from Cambodia.
We took a walk of more than 1 kilometre and chatted to each other, sometimes there were some silences but was never interrupted. Then we arrived to that restaurant, had a table of 5 and ordered food and beverage. In waiting time, we talked so much about the differences and similarities between Vietnam and Finland. Also about Saigon before 1975 and Ho Chi Minh city. We compared the interest of loving cold of Vietnamese people and hot of Finnish people, and shared some opinions of my friends who studying abroad in Finland. Then we shared our experience about our trips. I suggested them some typically original and beautiful destinations without tourism and they showed me their experience of traveling oversea.
Then we discussed Vietnamese and Finnese Histories, the politics and the ways Vietnamese restaurants and services have served them with the perspective of Susan, an hospitality management expert in Finland. We would like to have some Vietnamese original coffee but we regretfully realized that it was so late and we had to finish our stories.
We took another Grab car to go back the hotel, taking some pictures and said good bye to each other. Van and I wished them have a safe flight the next day and hoping to see them some other times in Vietnam and maybe… in Finland