Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pacharan @ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


HCMC Part V: Spanish cuisine might not be the first food that springs to mind when contemplating Ho Chi Minh City, but this multiple-story restaurant has carved a prominent place for itself in one of the city's main squares.


We headed here for light nibbles before the dinner crowd came. The rooftop lounge is particularly attractive, overlooking motorcycle-clogged traffic below (all the road users in this city seem to honk continuously for no apparent reason _ what's up with that?).


Octopus brushed with olive oil & paprika with potatoes. A simple recipe, but all the ingredients worked so well together. Soul food, in its own way.


Fabada, a bean stew with chorizo & pancetta. Slightly more watery than expected, but seemed authentic enough to have emerged from a grandmother's kitchen on the mountains of Asturias (what do we know though; we've never been to Spain _ yet).


Less traditional but equally satisfying were the cocktails: Gift of Melon (cachaca, sesame seeds, fresh watermelon, cinnamon) & Valencia Cocktail (apricot brandy, orange bitter, orange juice).


Sangria & Mojito. The classics, executed well. Viva el Espanol!




Pacharan,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
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9 comments:

  1. Fabada? Funny..hw we have Spanish restaurants in KL but we don't have this on the menu rite?

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  2. Tng: ya, I think I've seen something like it before in KL, but not exactly like this ... It's basically a pork-and-bean stew, but it's supposedly only popular in one region of Spain, unlike paella, etc, which are more common in that country...

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  3. Ah, they serve regional stuff! That sounds authentic to me.

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  4. the octopus dish seems to be quite an interesting dish. However, I think the bean stew with chorizos would have been better if it comes with chick peas instead.

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  5. That Octopus brushed with olive oil & paprika with potatoes dish sounds like a good refreshing tapas to have.

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  6. The perpetual honking is a mystery to me too. What do they do when they actually NEED urgent attention from other motorists?

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  7. Michelle: yep, it helps that the owners are spanish themselves! :D
    Eiling: hmmm, maybe chickpeas are more of a middle eastern and mediterranean ingredient? Argh, my geography is awful!
    Qwazymonkey: yeah, it's nicer than the Japanese recipes for octopus. And it helps that it wasn't rubbery/chewy :D
    Min: maybe they employ a longer, more furious honk? But don't they ever crave some peace and silence on the roads, I wonder... I shudder to imagine how noisy KL would be if all of us were honking all the time...

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  8. I love the candy-coloured stripey cuchioney stools! So refreshing!

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  9. Pureglutton: yeah, adds a lot of character to the place! and they look comfortable too!

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