Thursday, October 11, 2007

monsoon dinner

So last night I went ot pick up my pants and shirt I had made for me at the Ben Thanh market and decided to get a little bite to eat. As I felt the start of raindrops and the grumblings of thunder in the distance I sat down to eat underneath the canopy of Sao Dong.



This seemed like a good choice because of the numbers of people already there and the now pounding rain. As I started ordering, I had an idea I could outlast the rain while I sampled dishes till the rain ceased. First I had some pork skewers that were standard and delicious, followed by water spinach with garlic and what i am assuming was some fish sauce or paste and grit which i am assuming was dirt. The rain continued, so I couldn't resist an order of garlic bread, a guilty pleasure, but i started to get nervous that the rain might last longer than I anticipated.

I was getting full, but decided to order one more dish, the pork braised in clay pot. It came simmering to the table still hot from the charcoal brazier in a flavorful and syrupy sauce,
it was definitely my favorite.


It became clear that the rain was not going to let up, so I decided to make a break for it. Hunting down a poncho rather quickly I waded through over a foot of water in places for about a mile. I understand why people are all about flip flops and sandals now, and i will be looking for some shortly as well.

4 comments:

brown rice said...

i want to see pictures of your custom outfit. let's get you a barong tagalog shirt in the philippines.

Emilie said...

better than a pizza party?

sarahheston said...

yeah--where's the outfit, modeled for us?

Michael Boleslaw Klaport said...

ok, i just got a workin outfit, it aint nothing special yet. i am waiting for a little infusion of cash before i start breaking out with the linnen and silk suits. but as soon as that happens y'all will be seein it.