I have lived in Vietnam for nearly 2 years at this point and I'm going to go ahead and be honest and say that I am not a huge fan of most of their national dishes. I gave up on exploring quite some time ago because everything just tasted very bland or wasn't really a Vietnamese dish as far as I could tell because when you throw some chicken on a plate of rice you can't really claim that for your country now can you?
Enter Mi Quang, which is a noodle dish that as far as I can tell, is everywhere and quite unique to this country. Of course I could be totally wrong about the dish's origin, but I've never noticed it anywhere else.
Apparently, the "Quang" part of it comes from the noodles being of a specific type that originated in the Quang Nam province in central Vietnam. To me, they taste almost exactly the same as all other noodles but who am I to judge? The thing I like about it is that it is served with a bunch of salad, lime, and chilis and it is up to you if you want to put those in it or not. The thing I like best about it is the cracker that comes with it and while I do not know exactly how you are meant to use that, I crumble mine up like croutons to give my soup a nice crunchy taste.
it can be served a variety of ways but I prefer it with beef. I tried adding some chilis to give it a bit of spicy flair but found that it is actually pretty perfect in its original state.
The best thing about this dish is that it is available just about everywhere in Da Nang and you can get a bowl of it for around $1 US. This is a great point about Vietnam in general that I tend to enjoy about a lot of things here.
Next up we'll talk about this piece of art I found on the wall of a museum of some sort.
I suppose it is very obvious that this was inspired by Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night but done from the perspective of someone that is stilling in one of the cafe's that is in the foreground of the original and very famous artwork. When I was passing by I was thinking to myself that it has to be a print but I got up close and realized that the texture of the paint was legitimate and that someone actually hand painted all of it. It is also extremely tall and I would recon it reached up at least 20 feet or so.
I did not enter the museum because I was on a bike ride and was very sweaty. I will return though because if the exterior of the building is at all representative of what is contained on the interior, there are probably some amazing pieces in there as well.
It saddens me a little bit when I see stuff like this because I know that if it was on the wall in my home country that some vandals would have defaced it shortly after it was made. That is one of the things that I enjoy about living in this country: There seems to be quite a lot of respect for personal property.
So I think this qualifies as street art, but it just kind of on a whole different level because the talent of the individual artist is just outstanding. Unfortunately from what I can see online the museum seems to be a collection of silly pieces of artwork designed for folks to take even sillier photos for their IG accounts. If you want to check it out, it is here