November 22nd, 2011. Good Morning, Ha Long Bay~

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 




  The breakfast buffet spread at Novotel Hotel? Fantastic!!!

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 













  Cereal and Fruit Cocktails~!

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 










  Waffle bar~

 

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 










  Salad bar

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 

 

 










  A full Pho spread

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet














And best of all, a Congee bar!!!  So, so delicious~!!

 

novotel hotel - breakfast buffet

novotel hotel – breakfast buffet

 











  Here’s a picture of the obligatory morning pho 😉

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November 20th, 2011. Hello Vietnam~~~
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

  I wake up to my first morning in Vietnam and look out the window.  Well….it’s definitely not Vancouver!  A little bit smoggy, no doubt from the thousands of motorcycles that swarm the streets every day and night.  That’s probably one of the craziest things I’ve seen.  A country where motorcycles are the norm and there are almost no traffic lights.  Literally it’s every man for himself out on the streets!
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

 


I headed down to the main floor where a breakfast buffet awaited me.  Wow!!!  So much variety, so much space and so many good smells….where to even begin?!  I’m not normally a breakfast person, but I couldn’t wait to dig in
windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)








There was everything from congee to dim sum, to waffles, not to mention a little pho-cart!  Basically you go to the cart and indicate what you’d like them to put in your bowl.  Finally my first real Vietnamese pho!!

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

windsor plaza hotel (ho chi minh city)

   


I opted to go simple with just noodles, some meat, scallions, deep fried shallots and of course, chili slices.  The most noticeable difference is the broth.  It’s very clear and translucent.  Also, the noodles are not gummy and seem less rubbery.  And guess what?  No cilantro??!!!?  As for taste, I would say it was a decent bowl of Pho.  Clean flavors.  Oh, but the chilis?  Don’t leave them in for too long, and don’t get too many.  They are FIRE!!  Just 5 minutes in the bowl and already there’s an intense heat!

  Hoping I’ll get to sample some more pho on this trip~!

Congee Noodle House

January 9, 2012

August 11th, 2011.  After Volleyball Eats!

congee noodle house

congee noodle house

 

 

After a full evening of playing grass volleyball in the fresh air with 35+ people to socialize with it’s always nice to wind down with something yummy in the tummy

congee noodle house

congee noodle house

 

 

 

 

It’s been a cold summer, which is pretty annoying, so congee was a great idea!  We headed over to Congee Noodle House to warm up our stomaches with some delicious comfy goodness.  As a child I never liked congee (or 죽, in Korean).  Bland, goopy and just kind of blah..but now it’s definitely one of my comfort food faves and with all these amazing combinations CNH is like a congee mall!

congee noodle house

congee noodle house

 

 

 

Phil and I came to the brilliant decision to order a side of Chinese Donuts along with our orders of congee.  Love it!!  Hot, crispy, and just delicious!  Perfect with congee 😀

congee noodle house

congee noodle house

 

 

 

 

I am a huge lover of BBQ Duck, so of course I had to order the BBQ Duck Congee! The congee was a good consistency with the rice having cooked down in the broth to a nice soupy consistency without being way too watery.  There was an ample amount of duck and the fried peanuts and scallion lent a nice flavor and texture compliment.

 

 

 

All in all another fun and delicious evening with friends!!