today matt and i decided to head a little ways away on the outskirts of prague to a vietnamese market called sapa. we saw anthony bourdain on no reservations go to a place around there to eat pho. whenever i see someone eating it on tv i always want some. we walked into this place called pho something or other. we stuck out like sore thumbs. none of the people working spoke english, which i didn't expect anyhow. a lady handed us a menu with three options- 1,2, or 3. we ordered 1 and 2 not having a clue what we were getting.
we were served:
- a bowl of shredded lettuce, bean sprouts, and basil
- a dish of lemon slices and chili pepper pieces
- 2 dishes of seasoned soy sauce or something like that
- 2 bowls of rice noodles
- 2 bowls of seasoned broth
- 1 plate of some hot meat
- another place of some other cold meat
- and 2 small empty bowls.
we should've ordered only 1! it was a lot of food. we assumed we had to just put everything in the small bowl little by little and eat it up with chopsticks. i tried spying on other tables to see if we were doing it right. there was a big party of vietnamese men sitting beside us drinking shots of finlandia vodka and obviously very loud and talkative as a result. they had already finished eating so we couldn't spy on them.
anyhow, the pho was delicious. it was really filling. i would've really enjoyed chicken or tofu more, but i don't think it was on the menu. oh well. glad we went!