The glorious end to our tour of Vietnam brought us to my family’s hometown of Vũng Tàu; who can resist a trip back home to partake in a frustrating trek through unfamiliar neighborhoods to find one’s ancestral home? (We couldn’t find ours, of course.) Apparently the house is cursed or something? I don’t know, Vietnam makes no sense.
When we finally gave up our fruitless search, we took on the vastly lighter task of finding banh khot, the specialty of the city. Banh Khot is a rice cake with a shrimp in the middle of it which is shaped and seared in a special pan and covered with shrimp powder. And yes, you dip it in fish sauce. These were fucking amazing! I highly recommend that you motherfuckers make the trip out to Vũng Tàu to try these, because there is no happier dish in the whole world. Stare at this and salivate, you swine.