These days you don’t have to travel to Vietnam to enjoy authentic Vietnamese food. Vietnamese immigrants have opened restaurants and food stalls in various parts of the world to cater to lovers of Vietnamese cuisine. However, our many visits to Vietnam dating to as far back as 22 years ago allowed us to appreciate its culture and most specially its food more.
Several years ago an American colleague narrated a culinary encounter in one of the countries where our organization was operating. Over dinner he told our local counterparts how he would eat shrimp by severing its head and sucking the juices out. The locals looked at him in utter disgust. And all the while they were feasting. On boiled grasshoppers. A dish that even the late great Anthony Bourdain couldn’t swallow.