Viet snacks: Pate

11 Sep

Hey everyone! I am currently in Singapore (arrived last Saturday) and I am coming back to Paris tonight. I have been awarded with the Super Sweet Blogger Award but had not time to speak about it yet (I had prepared all my posts before leaving). I’ll probably write something about it tomorrow from my home. In the meantime, here is today’s post:

Here is a small post about some kind of snack which is directly coming from this sad period when France was ruling Vietnam.

There are many words in Vietnamese that are coming from French words like Pho Mai (which stands for fromage/cheese), Pate (which stands for pate), Café or Jambon…

I see a lot of blogs’ posts about Banh Mi which often sounds like the ultimate delicacy to get inspired by.

For instance, Waitrose recently decided to make a lunch time treat with Banh Mi:

As I live in Vietnam, I quite don’t understand what this craze for Banh Mi is. I mean Banh Mi is just one of the most disgusting sandwiches on earth and people are inspired by it. Have you ever been to Vietnam before guys?

Banh Mi really consists of an industrial bread (because Vietnamese, even if they have a lot of bakeries, don’t know how to make proper bread), with weird pate, or cured pork (influence of French cuisine, but really badly done), cucumbers or tomatoes, laughing cow cheese or sometimes some tomato mackerel in a can. Do you really think it sounds like a good sandwich? I personally don’t.

Furthermore, Banh Mi is Vietnamese only because of the weird ingredients they put inside, it comes from the word “pain de mie”, so it’s pretty much like a Vietnamese filled baguette (although the French speakers know that pain de mie is not a baguette, but they don’t use the word baguette here, Banh Mi is the term for all kinds of bread and Banh for all kinds of dough (rice flat dough for instance)).

So you can make nice sandwiches with baguette bread, but don’t call it Banh Mi just because you put some random Asian ingredients inside.

Anyway, so this is the most frequent place where you can see pate. You can find a lot of them in cans at the supermarket, and surprisingly, we had this one at the canteen one day. This might be the best-looking one I have seen since five months actually. There was even some rice vermicelli inside!

So pate is definitely not the thing to try in Vietnam. If you want good pate, come to France and head to a local Charcuterie.

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