I stayed at home in Vietnam for nearly four weeks from September to October this time. It was great to see Mum again after a long time apart. I often come back home on Christmas holidays to escape from freezing European winter days and because it's silly to face Christmas alone without surrounding myself with family and friends.
Mum is not only a gourmet but also a good cook. Staying at home with her means cozy atmosphere, good meals and healthy food.
I love to sketch food. While drawing I tried to remember how delicious the dishes looked like when they were served in front of me, how enticing they smelled and of course how their delicate taste melted on my tongue. These memories make me so happy and feel deeply grateful for what I got in life.
Arabian-style dinners on the plane back home in Sai Gon:
Mum's lovely pets:
Dinners like a King at home:
Grilled Meat on Rice Noodles (Bún thịt nướng của mẹ) - One of my favorite things I love from my mum's cooking
Sushi and Sashimi at Tokyo Deli in Saigon: Salmon belly, herring fish roe sashimi, sliced octopus with wasabi and broiled eel nigiri.
Traditional dishes from Hue, the old imperial capital of the Nguyen dynasty- the last dynasty in Vietnam
Keep this quote in my mind:
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang