I like cooking, but I realise that I've been a bit lazy about learning how to cook Vietnamese style food.
I was reading this column by Sheila Quirke and she mentioned an idea she once had of learning about one country in Africa per week - since the number of African countries is similar to the number of weeks in a year.
She failed - but it's still a cute idea. I wondered how many provinces are there in Vietnam?
Close to a year. I could learn one dish from each province per week, I suppose. But that sounds overly ambitious. I don't want to fail like Sheila did, just because I set the bar too high! And, although lots of provinces have their own specialities, I'm not sure if they all do. I could end up making an awful lot of stringy chicken stewed in lemongrass and ginger, y'know?
Vietnam has a mere 8 regions. And it does seem achievable that I could master one dish from each region roughly over the course of a year - say, one per month-ish.
Are you hungry, Mr Martin?
Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_Vietnam