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Published: April 3rd 2008
Trứng Vịt Lộn
Good for you!! Healthy food!! Makes you feel better!! All descriptions I heard about Trứng Vịt Lộn, incubated duck egg.
Sometime the egg is served shell and all. You are given a small spoon and you make a small hole in the top of the egg. Then add a little salt or other seasoning and dig in.
Mine was served with no shell, naked in all its glory. You got a full view of all the beginnings of life. This little treat included all the veins, heart, organs, beginning feathers, eye balls and head with the start of the little beck.
I just dug in, kept my eyes open and enjoyed this Vietnamese treat. It wasn’t bad at all, matter of fact, better than just a plain old hard boiled egg.
Now, if it gets rid of that backache…
To the Vietnamese there is nothing strange about these kinds of foods. You just need to know how to cook them.
The top five in strange foods for foreigners to taste are: crickets, dog, duck embryo, field mouse and king cobra. I have only eaten dog and duck embryo so I have
a few more treats left.
One of my first jobs on the farm was taking care of the chickens. Two unpleasant jobs in that endeavor was carrying water to the chicken house which seemed a mile away and gathering eggs from hens that wanted to “sit” on the eggs. I had a phobia about touching feathers so sticking my hand under those feathery friends was unpleasant for me. Plus, the hens were always in a defensive mode and would peck my hands.
The chickens and ducks in Vietnam are field range birds. They aren’t raised in cages so they produce an egg with a large yolk that is very dark and tasty. Not like the pale, watery yolks we buy at our supermarkets.
Bánh Chưng Rán
Another tasty street food that is a fried rice paddy with chunks of meat and fat. It is served with pickled vegetables.
Gà Ngải Cứu
Chopped greens with two raw eggs mixed in, fried and it makes a tasty omelet.
All three treats can be bought for about 35 cents each
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