One of the joys of travelling for me is food, especially in Asia. So while I sat savouring banh beo, another Vietnamese dish, I heard four English girls order chips and cokes. I thought to myself, why are they bothering to leave England if not to try something new?
My smug attitude subsided the following day as I walked Hue’s back streets and stumbled upon Ben Ngu Market that laced the corner near a bridge. There were the usual fruits, vegetables, fish and pigs’ trotters but then I spied something else. What was that woman selling that was tied up so they wouldn’t hop? Oh no, frogs that looked more like toads. Further along another trader had skinned her toads up to the heads and that vision still lingered long after I passed.
No, I definitely wasn’t that adventurous.