Good Morning Vietnam

Two Girls, Central Post office, HCMC

Saigon wakes up early to take advantage of the cool morning breeze before the sun breaks through the haze and invades the country with sweltering heat. Already 6 A.M and the people of Phnom Penh are rushing and bumping into each other on dusty, narrow side streets. Waiters and waitresses in the black-and-white uniforms swing open shop doors as the aroma of noodle soup greets waiting customers.Street vendors push food carts piled with steamed dumplings, smoked beek teriyaki sticks, and roasted peanuts along the sidewalk as they begin to set up for another day of business.Children in colourful t-shirts and shorts kick soccer balls barefoot ignoring the angry grunts of food cart owners. The wide French boulevards sing with the he buzz of motorcycle engines, squeaky bicycles, and small cars for those wealthy enough to afford them.

[here are some street scenes from Saigon]
Saigon Traffic

Saigon Traffic

Saigon Traffic

Goodmorning Vietnam.

By midday, as temperatures soar, the streets go quiet again. People rush home to seek the relief from the heat, have lunch, take cold showers and enjoy an afternoon siesta before returning to work at 2 p.m. The humidity hangs low as your wet shirt sticks close to your shirt.
This morning like any other morning I've walked to a pho shop about a block away from my hotel.

Pho

Ho Chi Minh City - Sreet Food.

The Vietnamese staple flat rice noodle soup, that is eated all through the
day (read vada pau meets dal chawal). Pho in the south come with a lot of DIY
herbs and spices - it is served in two varieties chicken and beef. It is yum !

The tiny confines of the shop come alive to the sound of the clang and clatter of spoons against the bottom of their large bowls, the slurping of hot tea and soup, the smell of garlic, cilantro, ginger and beef broth in the air make my stomach rumble in anticipation. Across from me, a man uses chopsticks to shovel noodles into is mouth. Next to him, a girl dips chicken into a small saucer of housin sauce while her mother cleans her teeth with a toothpick




Expect more posts !




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4 comments:

Banno said...

Looking forward to more posts. Beautiful photos, as always. What was the last one?

Vatsala said...

akshay akshay when are you coming back to town

neha said...

oh look! a cute little doggy
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Aparna said...

some very beautiful pictures, beautiful vietnam.