watery all Vietnamese breakfast. We ordered delicious, steaming bowls of Pho Ga (Pron. Fur). Think of it as southeast Asian chicken noodle soup with personality and a real zing.
With the Vietnamese coffee however it was hard getting the proportions right. The steel cup on top acts as the percolator and the coffee pours conveniently into the porcelain cup at the bottom. Once that process is over the Vietnamese add a spot of the much thicker and sweetened condensed milk instead of cream or ordinary milk. And that’s where my proportions got skewed. I either left my coffee too intense and unsweetened or ended up making it sweeter and sweeter with larger and larger quantities of condensed milk and eventually gave up and ordered ordinary coffee.
On the way out of the village ‘restaurant’ however, we had to go past the kitchen where a dog sniffed around excitedly through a mess so unholy that it immediately set the Pho churning in our tummies.
The only one smiling was Uncle Ho.