If you're in Danang, Vietnam and you'd like to try an inexpensive local restaurant with fresh tasty food, make a point of going to Vu Xuyen, located on Duong Dinh Nghe Street
It's just around the corner from my house, and they specialise in freshly caught fish and seafood cooked on a charcoal barbecue.
They also do a cracking 'lau' style Vietnamese hotpot.
If you're after something a little different to balance out the meal though, try their 'bao tu', or pork stomach salad.
It's a light, simple and healthy dish with a great texture and taste.
The photo below is their version of the dish, and it cost me 30,000 VND, which works out to around USD$1.50
If you're NOT in Danang, or if you'd like to make it yourself, then scroll down for the recipe, which I've put below.
In the West we tend to tighten the belt a bit in hard economic times, and the first thing to be sacrificed is often the weekly or monthly trip to eat out.
Vietnam is far from being the world's richest country, but the mindset is exactly the opposite
This is one of the most actively social countries that I've been to, and people congregate in local cafes and eateries two or three times a day eating, drinking and putting their worries aside.
The mornings usually involve one or two glasses of thick, rich 'ca phe den' (black coffee) or 'ca phe sua da' (coffee with condensed milk and ice).
These cost around 6000 to 10000 VND each, which works out to around 28 cents US.
Naturally this doesn't cover the cost of Philip Stark designed lofts and leather furniture, so more often than not you'll see the slender locals crouched on child-sized plastic chairs strewn across the footpath.
These baby-seats don't cut it at night time. Them's beer-drinkin' times!
Around sunset, the street restaurants come out in force with light steel tables and larger plastic chairs.
Almost everyone drinks beer with their meal – so much so that a carton of beer is placed next to the table with a bucket of ice, and you fend for yourself.
When its time for the bill, they count the remaining cans.
Most places aim at the average person in terms of pricing and menu focus.
For example, in Danang we have the city centre and the East side. East side runs along the beach, so you'll find plenty of seafood restaurants, and a plethora of fresh fish.
Although I love seafood, I get a bit jaded when it's the main option 5 days a week.
Fortunately most places ahve