Durian Days and Tasty Ways

The Good, the Bad and the Durian IN PAMPANGA, a small Philippine town, I was traveling to Olongapo City from Manila. I was hungry and had walked into a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, the kind that has a counter for about three and seats for two. The proprietor spoke no English, but I spoke enough Tagalog to say something like, “Give me your best.” He brought me a steaming bowl of something that looked like river bottom mud, the kind that... Read More

Dog Meat Days in Saigon

Okay. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that it would sooner or later come to this. To that seemingly dark side of Vietnamese gastronomy, wherein people commit acts so shocking that to many a Western wayfarer they seem to constitute a sin without a name.  Yes, it’s time to talk about thit cho (dog meat). Also known as cay to or as thit cay nam dinh. Here in Saigon you can go down to the Pham and take a short... Read More