Left my heart in Bangkok expectedly as I couldn’t stop romancing with everything Thai. This feeling, can never be mend. How deep is my love for everything Thai? Well, I can twerk for everything Thai.
Perhaps, perhaps a visit to this place here in Saigon might map my heart and soul back to Saigon. I need something to breed my confidence in Vietnamese food.
So finally, it happened. With a little effort, I found myself sitting here in the Lunch Lady – famed by Anthony Bourdain.
While attempting to gracefully squat on the tiny Viet chair waiting for my friends and my Vietnamese noodle soup, I was actually thinking about making a Thai salad called Yum Khai Dao (Fried Egg Salad). Absurd but true story.
1 – 2 red chilies (bird eye chili if you like it spicy)
3 tablespoons of fish sauce
4 tablespoons of lime juice
2 tablespoons of palm sugar (taste will be different if using regular sugar)
3 eggs (fried, browned & crispy)
1 medium onion, julienned
2 stalks of Chinese celery/regular celery, chopped into 1 inch pieces
½ cup of grape tomatoes, halved
2 green onions, chopped
½ cup of cilantro, chopped
Handful of roasted peanuts, crushed (I substitute with almond in this recipe)
Cut the fried eggs to bite sized pieces and combine with the salad without the peanuts in a bowl. Pour the dressing over and adjust accordingly. Sprinkled with crushed peanuts. Serve on its own or with rice.
Oh, and the Lunch Lady is the only place in Saigon I wouldn’t think twice to feast there everyday. The food was utterly delicious; every bite was surprisingly mind-blowing. Haters can’t be hating too long because I was charmed by the ambience – cozy and romantic from the rain. Atmosphere does make a difference especially in Vietnam.