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Well Really, Life On The Street Is Not That Bad!!! Recipe and Story Within.

Well Really, Life On The Street Is Not That Bad!!! Recipe and Story Within.

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John Moore

Free Member, Karratha

Well Really, Life On The Street Is Not That Bad!!! Recipe and Story Within.

Well Really, Life On The Street Is Not That Bad!!! Story Within.

This cyclo taxi as they call them here, just kicks back to relax before some westerner hops
on for a tour of the old quarters.
A tip for you unsuspecting tourists, before you set off on one of these relaxing rides, make
sure that you have an understanding on a price per hour.
Then you will not be confused on your return.
You will often see whole tour groups on these cyclos.
I remember on one of my previous trips in Saigon, I used to hop on one to cross the road as
the traffic would not stop for me, but no problem for the cyclo crossing at all.
It is a very relaxing method of seeing the city.
Great idea for a coastal resort, I would have thought.
Try one if you never been on one.

Delicious Vietnamese prawn spring rolls.
It has been a long time since I last made any.

1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves, try for the Vietnamese mint or use normal mint leaves.
1 cup fresh coriander leaves chopped
1 cup finely shredded cabbage or bok choy
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 cup coarsely grated carrot
3 cloves of crushed garlic
Mix all the above very well, after adding the cut noodles.

30 medium sized cooked prawns, split length wise, if you do not eat seafood, you
can use minced beef, chicken or pork.
If on the other hand, you are vegetarian just add some tofu.

120 grams dried thin rice noodles
15 sheets rice paper

6 tablespoons of sugar or the same amount of plum jam.
6 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons soya sauce.
1 clove of crushed garlic.
1 teaspoon of crushed dry chillies.
1 small lime or lemon squeezed
1/4 cup of water.

Simple so far? good we are nearly there.
Now you need a largish bowl, place the noodles in the bowl and cover with boiling water
and let soak till soft, 10-15 minutes.
When soft, drain of water and cut the noodles in lengths of about 10 cm.
Then use the same bowl and fill with boiling water again, now dip half a sheet of the
rice paper in the water and turn so the other half is soaked.
This process is very fast.
Place the rice paper on a firm surface and first lay few of the prawns on it, remember
to have about 1 cm on either side of the paper for turning up before
Then add some of the mixed greens, after rolling them all, place them in the fridge for
about an hour, while they are in the fridge, you can clean up and get prepared to deep fry
I use top quality olive oil, optionally you can add a tablespoon of sesame seed oil, for
added flavour.

Put a small pot on low heat and add the water, peanut butter, ground chillies, lime juice/
sugar, soya and hoison sauce and clove of garlic in it and slowly stir till it has thickened.
You can garnish it if you like, with a little chopped spring onion and coriander leaves.

From The Walkabout Wok.

Walkabout John.

Comments 22

  • Kerstin Rösler 06/26/2007 16:28

    How relaxed anyway...very cool
    greetings kerst
  • Wilhelm H. 06/26/2007 1:12

    Great relaxed scene, I love the carts name
    greetings Wilhelm
  • Christian Knospe 06/21/2007 9:08

    realy cool ;-))

  • Tom McAlexander 06/20/2007 4:42

    Let me add my thanks for the recipe. As you may know, eating is my favorite pasttime.
  • Anthony Harris 06/19/2007 22:14

    HI John.
    Great story and Photo.
    Hope all is ok.
  • Ivan Zuliani 06/19/2007 19:18

    Reportage di notevole valore, complimenti sinceri John.
    Arrivederci, Ivan.
  • Dragomir Vukovic 06/19/2007 18:55

    great story !
  • Antsien 06/19/2007 18:54

    Christel asked me did you read John Moore's recipe of vietnamese spring roll? I though immidiately about a very famous chief... Oh no, that's John Moore in FC.

    Thanks for the recipe... it's also very nice if you add some cat's ear mushroom (translation) (you can buy it in any asian market - ofcause, every where in Vietnam) just put 1or 2 mushrooms in warm water for 10-15 minutes, coarsely cut in small pieces then add in the mixture.
    I am hungry now.
    Very nice picture !
    Many greetings
  • Wilhelm H. 06/19/2007 17:59

    amazing steetlife picture and a grat stoy
  • Lidschlag 06/19/2007 17:03

    Hi John
    I am getting hungry reading this.
    Thanks for the pic an the receipt.

    Greetings from Hambach
  • Christian Michalski 06/19/2007 15:03

    Fine pic, just cut off the bits of the car on the right to focus on the man and his break.

    Thanks for the recipe - next on my list for this week dinners.

  • Frechdax . 06/19/2007 14:50

    interesting story, John, i must reed slowly to understand.
  • 2 little stars 06/19/2007 13:20

    I'll call him to take me to the supermarket .. I have to buy some sheets of rice paper ...
    Thanks for the recipe, John. I'll give it a try and than I'll report to you :-)
    Enjoy your day
  • Thomas Koetzsch 06/19/2007 13:00

    Looks like he is enjoying his free time. I used to think that sans-souci was something different, but I do seem to recall that Asians are quite creative with names.
  • Bogie 06/19/2007 12:07

    Very impressive pic.....I would like to change for a few hours.....;-) Norbert