Why did we choose Vietnam? We could have traveled one of the many European countries that are still on our must-visit list. Why Vietnam? The answer lies in Mahesh’s visit to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) 4 years back for a business meeting. He was instantly bowled over by the food and something about the culture had an inexplicable spell on him. And then he knew he had to share it with the Yellow Periscope team.
First things First
As soon as we landed in Ho Chi Minh City we did what is befitting its famed cuisine. Not withstanding the new language, we half-figured how to use a local taxi app and headed to a local eatery that was recommended by Mahesh’s vietnamese ex-colleagues.
Finding a place he visited 4 years ago was an adventure that made him all the more excited when we finally found it. Our goal was to avoid the touristy joints and we knew it was achieved when we saw how popular the place was with locals. This made the experience truly authentic.
Food is a language we all understand
“When practiced to its fullest, mindful eating turns a simple meal into a spiritual experience, giving us a deep appreciation of all that went into the meal’s creation as well a deep understanding of the relationship between the food on our table, our own health, and our planet’s health.”
– ‘Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life’, book by Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist.