with spanish squid in its own ink, large tiger prawns and otah from Muar, dotted with slightly torched aioli and garnished with flat leaf parsley, accompanied by a lovely bottle of Fernando de Castilla’s Antique Palo Cortado, which my friend and I drained pretty quickly.
So, after spending almost an entire afternoon at the beach in Foz do Douro, I made my way to Matosinhos in search of Sapateira-do-pacífico, which I believe is Dungeness crab in English, or perhaps a variety of the species. I settled on a restaurant near to the port, which was recommended by another restaurant I’ve been to recently. The lady-boss was surprised that I nearly finished the whole thing on me own. The crab was chilled, and served ao natural, with no extra condiments or dipping sauces. Honestly, I found it a little bland after awhile and needed the Vinho Verde to wash away that crustacean taste in my mouth. It was good, but I think I need some kind of vinegarish dipping sauce, or maybe even a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. The stuffed shell was basically a humongous amount of crab roe, some shredded crab meat, chopped hard-boiled eggs, mayo, creamy mustard and fresh coriander blended into one – it was heavenly when eaten with the restaurant’s warm buttered toast. I am sure I have exceeded my daily quota of bad cholesterol intake but what the heck.
If you do not fancy bamboo shoots or duck meat – Bun Mang Vit is NOT for you. Truth be told, I found bamboo shoots quite disturbing until I started living in Vietnam. An acquired taste indeed.
SkinnyKhoi loves this duck and bamboo shoots rice noodle stall at 71/1 Mac Thi Buoi, District 1, HCMC. He was there two days in a row! But I guess DelicateRose didn’t enjoy the dishes as much as Skinny did.
What I really like here is the duck meat salad – just look at the glistening duck skin and the nice tender meat with a slight tinge of pink! I usually dip them in the savoury and sweet salad dressing but you can also dip them into the fish sauce on the side.
This is a really local vietnamese haunt and I haven’t seen any foreigners visiting the stall save for those who walked past it to get to Warda and Lac Thai. So be prepared to speak some vietnamese if you would like to get yourself something to eat here. Or bring a vietnamese friend with you – like what DelicateRose and I did.
And most importantly, get here before 12 noon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.