The other night I made San Choy Bao with pork, otherwise known as Lettuce Cups for an easy Friday night dinner. Thinking it would be a good idea to get the kids trying and tasting Vietnamese food before we go away in July. They were surprisingly easy to make – just wok all the ingredients together and da-dah – ready to eat fresh San Choy Bao. Yumbo.
Steve and I loved them but the kids…well let’s just say they looked at it with scrunched up faces. No…I don’t like that! It’s green (amazingly yes lettuce seems to be green in all countries). I couldn’t even get them to try it, just a little bit. My kids are usually good at “trying” things and if they don’t like it that’s fine. They’ve just got to try it. Oh well looks like I’m back to the drawing board or the kitchen for me.
I also bought Vietnamese Rice Paper rolls home the other day for lunch with a dipping sauce. The biggies loved them. They all like prawns so we were off to a good start…but no…the littlies said ‘don’t like them – we prefer Sushi rolls.’ I got a map of the world showing them where Japan was compared to Vietnam and that they were totally different countries and that we were not going to Japan but to Vietnam and that’s what they eat in Vietnam…the response was ‘well we should be going to Japan Mum!’
I’m hanging onto the premise that all will be okay when we’re over there – with no culinary choice – it will be the choice of eat what’s there or shed the kilos. And knowing my kids, my money will be on the eating choice. This is not stopping me from trying to cook up different Vietnamese foods. So if you have any great recipes from Vietnam, send them on please.