Monday 13 October 2014

to confess what I ate in Vietnam

Firstly, I must confess (again) that time hates me!

In hindsight it probably wasn't a great idea to fly back into the country, then head straight to the Gold Coast for 3 nights and only giving myself an afternoon home before diving straight back into full time work!

I had an amazing time in Vietnam, I highly recommend you out it on your must see destinations! I feel I have so much to write about and share, and will get there in time! 

So, now for my confession, I am confessing off topic this week over at My Home Truths.

The morning after our wonderful Cyclo tour through Hue we jumped on the back of a motorbike and headed off Sons of Anarchy style for a full day tour around Hue. 

We had many stops during the day, spotting some buffaloes enjoying a mud bath, a visit to the Imperial Citadel, the Thien Mu Pagoda, lunch in a nunnery, a dragon boat cruise on the Perfume River.

Some highlights from the day that I shared on Instagram

But it was what happened next that is the true confession.....

At the conclusion of the tour our guide had offered for anyone who wanted to try a type of meat not available in many countries to carry on and those who didn't to return to our hotel....

I decided to try the meat....

My many faces as I dined on this rare meat
Now I confess that at the risk of losing followers and grossing out friends, I am not actually going to tell you what it is, but let's say, it is not something you would NEVER see on a menu outside Asia and you will not see it on too many menus there either. This animal in most countries is treated as a member of the family, a pet, and most people couldn't fathom the thought of putting it in a mini crockpot and cooking it up. I am sure you have worked it out without me having to say it out loud.

Growing up on farm we hand reared a few lambs and calves over the years that then ended up on our dinner plates and we didn't think much of it, and that's what I had to tell myself as I dined at that off the track 'restaurant' sitting on plastic chairs at a plastic table with wildlife wandering around us. 

This animal is not considered a pet in Vietnam but a way of making money. Families can buy them young and if they feed them well and get them nice and fat they can sell them for up to $100 US dollars! 

So I did it....mostly to say I could but also because it is possibly once in a lifetime opportunity and while it wasn't that bad, I did not go back for seconds and washed it down with a can of Coke! 

Linking up with Kirsty at My Home Truths for I Must you have something to confess, head over and link up to start the week off right!

Also linking up with Alicia from One Mother Hen for Open Slather.

Linking up with A Brit and a Southerner for Weekend Wanderlust

What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten?

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