Monday, August 22, 2011

Hanoi: White Cloud- The Final Meal

     The final meal, the last noms of Vietnam to be had would happen at where else but where it all began...heya White Cloud!
     On my first day in Vietnam, I was introduced to this secret spot, and on a tired journey of return, we turned to White Cloud. The restaraunt is a gem, the owner is beautiful and the food is loved. I have read other reviews where others complain of how slow the food is, or how long they have to wait~ that is one of the biggest beauties of this place. You grow excited for what's to come, food takes time to prepare. This is a reality we must understand. It is comforting to know that they are taking time with what they are giving me. And, it's worth the wait!
     Ani and I set ourselves up for a feast, ordering whatever our hearts, stomachs, and eyes desired~ hell we're on vacation and this jazz is great. What do you think we started with?!
Nem ran~ spring rolls (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     We ordered our favorites, the com gao lut and dau phu ca chua (brown rice with lotus seeds and black soy beans and tofu cooked in tomato sauce) and the quay dau xanh tam vung chien (fried mung bean batter with sesame). Everything was fresh, warm, full of flavor...just awesome!
     And because I fell in love with it the first time, I got a nom hoa chuoi (banana flower salad). was delicious!
nom hoa chuoi~banana flower salad (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     We tried something new too! The Cha dua is described as being a pineapple pie and I was curious! In my head I was thinking of sliced pineapples with layers of coconut cream and sugared lime (sounds good though eh!), we ended up getting this...
Cha dua~ pineapple pie (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     Plump generous chunks of pineapple in a thin sesame and flour batter and served with a spiced pepper sauce. The pineapple lost it's bitterness but the sweetness soaked well into the batter. The sesame seeds made the individual 'cakes' prettier but didn't make much of an effect on taste. This was good, not great...and we were full!

One hell of a feast though!!
     After this meal...the airport was waiting, and my heart was falling...

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