[ Native delicacies ][ Philippines ][ Vietnam ]

Puto Kutsinta

We spell it "kutsinta," "kuchinta" or "cuchinta." However you spell it, it still refers to the same member of the Filipino kakanin family. Kutsinta is steamed rice cake with a chewy, sticky, jelly-like consistency, a favorite all around snack or merienda among the list of kakanin or native delicacies in…

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[ Thailand ][ Vietnam ]

Pandan-wrapped fried chicken

ONE of the best versions of fried chicken I’ve tried and still can’t stop longing for it every now and then is the fried chicken slices carefully wrapped in packets of pandan leaves. The first time I had it was at an open restaurant at the Old Sukhothai City in…

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[ Street Food ][ Vietnam ]

Saigon hot soup bowls

If there is one thing that is so widely popular and readily available at restaurants all over Vietnam to satisfy hungry stomachs, turn your attention to the Pho, or those hot bowls of noodle soup or Vietnamese soup. Pho is a very common word in the Vietnamese culinary language. You…

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[ Vietnam ]

Vietnamese fare in Saipan

Exactly 12 minutes after I placed my order, a pleasant Vietnamese food staff placed a platter of crisply fried fish topped with chopped peanuts, garlic and onions before me on Friday evening. I ordered item #53 on the menu of Saipan Vietnamese Restaurant when we decided to check out the…

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