daydream
A nerd. A grumpy child. A Viet getting lost in Toronto and my endless love for food and life.



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Mưa về trên khúc hát lắng u buồn đợi bóng hình aiNhư tìm về giấc mơ xa, mây mờ giờ là kỉ niệm.Mùa thu lặng lẽ trôi đi mùa đông lạc giữa tình yêuXuân về như con nắng hạ bốn mùa mưa vẫn đợi ai
My foodie-inner-self found its paradise in Dalat. From top left to right: 1. Bánh ướt lòng gà: The thin and slender rice-cake with chicken (Món ăn vô duyên nhất mà mình từng ăn hehe, bánh đi đường bánh, lòng đi đường lòng) 
Tăng Bạt Hổ, Đà Lạt
2. Bánh căn: Another rice-cake which is baked in a clay tray, covered by a layer of egg on top. Dipped it in a tasty mixture of fried green scallion, tiny meatballs and mắm, Vietnamese so-called fish sauce. 
Hẻm Nguyễn Biểu, dốc Nhà Làng 
3. Nem nướng: Dalat-style BBQ - The middle thingie is fried rice paper, roll it along with grilled pork, fresh veggies and pickle. 
Nem Nướng Bà Hùng, Phan Đình Phùng
4. Bún bò Đà Lạt: Beef vermicelli Dalat version. What’s the difference comparing to Hue’s? The dish is eaten with thin-sliced cabbage and the vermicelli is a tiny little bit smaller. 
Bún bò Loan, Quang Trung 




"Missing someone is like hearinga name sung quietly from somewherebehind you. Even after you knowno one is there, you keep looking backuntil on a silver afternoon like thisyou find yourself breathing just enoughto make a small dent in the air.”






(Slow dance - Tim Seibles)
It has been awhile. 
L’Usine, Saigon 






“The only obsession everyone wants: ‘love.’ People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you’re whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You’re whole, and then you’re cracked open.”


— Philip Roth, The Dying Animal (via larmoyante)
Hủ tiếu xào thập cẩm (Stir-fried rice vermicelli with all the things you can find in the kitchen) 
Good food can cheer you up, trust me. 
Tân Lạc Cung, Sài Gòn
Gỏi cá mai (Little fish ceviche) 
Holy moly, we were incredibly lucky to randomly pick this place for lunch. The dish was amazing, fresh, beautifully seasoned, and the sauce definitely boosted the taste off the roof! Phương Trang, Hồ Tràm 
Coming back to the ocean. My happiness ain’t that complicated :) 
Bánh canh cua 
Ngô Đức Kế, Sài Gòn 
Hủ tiếu khô (I’m in a serious need for hủ tiếu)
Reading about this 50-year-old rice vermicelli from an old book made my imagination go wild. So, two girls wandered in the middle of Saigon under the temperature of 38 degree C looking for this germ.   
Cả Cần, Sài Gòn 
Hủ tiếu Mỹ Tho,
A reunion with my friend, talking about 20-year-old girls conquering life (: (And hello there red big shrimp buddy, no time no see, I miss you lots!) 
Ngô Đức Kế, Sài Gòn 
Dim Sum on a summer day. Insanely hot day. The soy sauce was overwhelmed with sweetness. 
Tân Hào Phong, Sài Gòn
(The culture itself is never to be blamed but the greedy government) 
Tempura shrimp and Katsudon, Tokyo Kitchen, Toronto.  
Lovely little place. I was quite surprised that there were only 3 groups of guests when I came. And two out of three are Japanese, I knew this’d be the “It” place :) 

My only way out during this stressful exam period. Can’t get over the fact that I’m gonna have a three-hour one-question exam on Fri. Horrified! 
 Avocado beignet with fried calamari and guacamole. 
Ici Bistro, Toronto
Whole sea bream ceviche (I finished the fish by myself - along with another side dish, still, pretty proud of it hahaha) - Honestly, not a fan of the Black Hoof but this citric dish surprises me :) 
" The whole-fish ceviche is a stunner: cubes of sea bream spiked with four kinds of citrus, lubricated with ripe avocado, topped with grass-thin fried leeks and served atop the bream’s fried carcass. Don’t be bashful about digging along the backbone for the last morsels." - En Route (Air Canada), Nov 2013
Bar Isabel, Toronto
Seared scallops, cauliflower cream, pancetta, hen of the woods, wood sorrel 
Amazing food. One of my best experience in Toronto, their customer service is incredible as well. Maybe that’s why I put up with the fact that the water was charged.  
Bestellen, Toronto