Welcome to The Roaming Fork
Hi, I’m Markus. Come along with me as I roam through countries seeking out interesting and tasty food experiences.
When I was sitting in the back of the taxi on the way to visit Binh Tay Market, I had a fleeting feeling that I was being taken to the wrong market. The reason I thought this is that Binh Tay Market is located in Saigon’s Chinatown (Cholon), and I […]
Cooking and eating snake! Yes, this was going to be a first. I had been looking through the brochure from Saigon’s Vietnam Cookery Centre, where they list each days’ available dishes for the cooking class. I was immediately drawn to Monday, where they made mention of “snake” in two of […]
I had been invited to visit a friend’s family home for lunch one day and wanted to take a nice bunch of flowers along to show my appreciation to her mother, who would be preparing the food. So, a visit to Ho Thi Ky, Saigon’s wholesale flower market, located in […]
I wanted to visit The Lunch Lady in Saigon’s District 1 after reading about Anthony Bourdain’s visit as well as a number of other positive articles on the consistency and quality of the soup served each day. The Lunch Lady (Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh) has a routine of serving a […]
Frog Legs are a delicacy here in Vietnam, and also in the broader region, for that matter. Combine them with Lemongrass and Chili, and you have a classic Vietnamese food combination that is simply delicious. Today I find myself in the kitchen of my good friend Trinh. Trinh and her […]
As we enter the seafood section of Binh Dien, Saigon’s largest wholesale market, the first sound we hear is the rattling sound of clams being shaken back and forth in metal graders. It’s an unrelenting noise and combining that with the glare coming from large lights hanging from the ceiling […]
Follow me as I roam through countries seeking out interesting and tasty food experiences. I will be exploring food experiences using a “paddock to plate” life-cycle; that is, I will follow the raw ingredients from the producers through to the final dish.
This means visiting farms and local markets, taking the odd cooking class, visiting restaurants, seeking out the freshest and tastiest street food stalls, and best of all, eating delicious food!
We will attempt to immerse ourselves into these markets, where a congregation of bustling shoppers negotiate their way through narrow aisles at the same time as the stall holders sing out their daily specials in distinctive rhythmic patterns.
Of course, travel is made up of more than just food (you have to do something between meals!), and this blog will also feature some local sites worth visiting as well as capture the essence of each destination through photography.
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