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Vietnamese Food.: Vietnamese Street Food Vietnamese to English Translations
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
In case you're thinking this is a Vietnamese cook book, let's be clear: it's not. It's a guide to Vietnamese 'street food'. It's tough to be a tourist who stares helplessly at a sign, wondering what in the world to order so that we won't get something really horrifying. Of course, we can always point at what we like, but a better way is to learn from Fat Noodle, the book's author.

Fat Noodle is an Australian who lives in Vietnam and is enamoured of the local street food. Noodle says, "I am now a bigger man. So that's why I call myself Fat Noodle, in case you were wondering. I love street food and I'm addicted to eating on the street with the local Vietnamese people." I assume that FN has gained a bit of weight since discovering all the Asian delicacies available to the locals?

"Vietnamese Street Food" explains what the names mean - like 'Bun gia cay' or 'Cha oc kieu' - as well as a restaurant guide which includes location and suggestions as to what is best on the menu.

I'm a not-very-adventurous vegetarian but some of the Vietnamese food sounds delicious. I would like to sample a banana pancake, a Vietnamese avocado smoothie or various kinds of noodles. But forget the frogs, fried squid balls, chickens with black skins or flesh or intestine hot pots! :-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If only Blanshard & Blanshard had published this book before I went to teach in Vietnam a few years ago! What a great guide, not only to the food itself, but as an entree into life in Vietnam, which is lived outside on the streets at these makeshift food and drink stands. Although a certain amount of humor and fun can be had in pointing to a dish someone else is eating and ordering that, a book like this allows you find the food you would truly love to try.

This book will be in my backpack next time around. A must have for any traveler who wants to truly experience Vietnam. Here's hoping the authors will expand this idea to include other city/country/regions in Asia.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format: Kindle Edition
With this book, you get exactly what the cover says! A comprehensive (over 500) food guide to the streets of Vietnam. It's not a cookbook, don't expect to whip up Vietnamese dishes via this book. This is about how to find authentic dishes in Vietnam itself. It's a listing of many, many dishes you will encounter while out and about on the streets of Vietnam. The dishes have all been translated and recommended by an Australian foreign student now living there for seven years. And his guide will help you navigate to the good meals, so of course it's worth it.

I recommend the kindle edition - it has links to pictures and maps and is easy to carry around when travelling. My favourite bit: to find specific dishes, the guide includes street addresses and location tips for restaurants and stalls that serve them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
It never dawned on this reviewer that I never really understood what I was actually ordering while pointing at pictures on a Vietnamese food menu board. But now, author Bruce Blanshard has done all the legwork for you. Within minutes of cracking this little gem, you'll know your Pho Ga from your Pho Bo and be ordering like a pro straight from the menu.

This luscious lexicon of Vietnamese cuisine, street style, is very well organized, easy to read, comprehensive and accurate - you've got Blanshard's seven years in Hanoi to back that up. As an added bonus, when you hit the back of the book, Blanshard shows that he could easily double as a foodie tour guide with numerous recommended street food addresses and menu items. Well done!

The next time your stomach is growling, grab this guide and head for the ever-growing plethora of food stands and food trucks in your city, driven by hunger and armed with knowledge. Speaking of stomach, I'm craving some Da Day Nuong right now!

5 Stars all the way!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
This has to be the ultimate street guide to Vietnamese street food and it is written in such a way that you can easily find whatever you need. There is the A to Z of foods, foods by style of cooking and much more. I found this book to be the ultimate reference guide and was surprised to find out just how much variety there is when it comes to Vietnamese food. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone visiting Vietnam. Not only will they be able to understand the local street menus, but they will also know exactly what they are eating and how to ask for just what they want. My only disappointment with this book was that the author didn't include a pronounciation with each of the food dishes. Overall, I really do have to give this book a five star because it really is the most comprehensive guide to Vietnamese street food I have ever read and it is extremely easy to find the foods you are looking for.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a clear, easy-to-use guide to street food and should be your "instant culinary guide" when traveling in Viet Nam.

Having the desire to enjoy the local, traditional foods in a new country is a big part of the adventure when your goal is to learn as much as possible about the culture. Unfortunately, the language barrier often makes that very difficult.

This book breaks the language barrier for you when it comes to the joy of eating the best food Viet Nam has to offer. Street food is integral to their way of life; and with this guide you can "eat like a local" - what could be more fun than that?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
An extremely handy food phrase guide to eating in Vietnam. Full of translated food phrases and also `tried and tested' places to eat in Hanoi. Definitely whets my appetite!

The authors have put this guide together in an easy `simple to read' fashion, which is perfect for when you are travelling to this foreign country and need information fast.

A must-have guide for when you are hungry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sometimes we wish things were different. Reviewing Fat Noodle made me wish that the computer could deliver smell.
Well, usually, I prefer it without smell - you know...
But, this time - feeling my juices run, it could help.
I was reviewing Fat Noodle street dictionary and was sure that I will be a Fat Noodle myself if I visited Vietnam and eat through the street restaurants.
In our modern life there are very few street restaurants. Most will not stand the health departments standards.
Well, this does not solve any of the stomach problems we suffer from...
Anyway, back to the dictionary which is a must for anybody visiting Vietnam and do not speak Vietnamese.
The dictionary covers three important elements: the dishes, the cooking ways and the restaurants.
Bruce made a huge leg work and became a Fat... Noodle while eating around for travelers.
The dictionary is well organized for ease of use.
If you wish to make an intimate disclosure of real Vietnam you need to buy and use this street dictionary.
Yummy... wish to be there....
Review by Arik Schenkler author of "The official laughable wedding album of Kate & William"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
You are not going to find a Mc Donald's in Vietnam but what you will find is a huge choice of deliciously prepared Vietnamese street food.

Fat Noodle Vietnamese Food is a must have book for anyone planning on traveling to the country to experience its way of life. The Vietnamese language is very different from ours and if you do not speak it you will miss out on some wonderful culinary delights.

Your standard bookstore travel guide may be able to point you to all the best restaurants in town but it won't translate any of the fine meals offered on the streets that is real Vietnam.

There are over 500 hundred Vietnamese street food dishes that have been translated and put in order to help you get a decent meal without the fuss. This book was reviewed by author of Body Sculpting Exercises for Women Over 40 (The Expert Series)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are going to visit Vietnam, take this book on street food with you. It's unique in that the author has translated the names of over 500 street food menu items into English. Now you will know what you're eating - anything from beef (Bo) to fish (Ca) to exotic eel (Luon) and frog (Ech). You will no longer have to stare hungrily at menu boards and blindly wonder what you'll choose for lunch when you can't translate from Vietnamese. Fat Noodle's "Vietnamese Food" has done it all for you.
The book also includes details on how the street food is prepared, and the best places in Vietnam to buy it. "Vietnamese Food", created by Bruce and Susan Blanchard, is definitely a buy for anyone visiting Vietnam.
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