Lam, the guy I met in Singapore invited me for a dinner which I was so excited about. When we were in Singapore, I did tell him and his family that I have been wanting to visit Vietnam for food.
Ashley and I attended the “Talking With The Tourists Group” in the park for couple hours before we headed to Lam’s house. It was about an hour motorbike ride.
When we got to Lam’s house, I was greeted by his family and friends. To my surprise, his mom was also there. He told me that his mom is in their hometown which is 10 hours away so I didn’t expect her to be there at all. I was so happy when I saw her. Ashley and I were so hungry but the food was not ready yet. We could smell crab though which made us more hungry while waiting. After about 30 minutes of waiting, finally we were asked to go upstairs where we will eat. A lot of food! It’s like a feast.
We had Saigon beer with the good food. I thought these were all the food and I ate a lot of meat but then there’s the seafood noodle soup. Of course I still ate but not a lot since I am already full. I again thought this was it then I was again wrong. They have sweet potato which was very good. Lastly, we had rambutan fruit for dessert.
It was getting late and Ashley has to go to school the next day. We had to leave even though we wanted to stay longer.
While on the way and even until I got back in my hostel, I couldn’t explain how I was feeling. I don’t remember when was the last time I had a meal with my whole family. When I get to see or be with a family, I get a little emotional.
It was indeed a wonderful Vietnamese dinner with good, nice and awesome Vietnamese family and friends.
I want to live in Vietnam for a while! May God help me to make this happen. 🙂