I believe this one is called Bun Thit Nuong, it's probably one of our favorite foods to eat. It's rice noodles on a bed of greens (lettuce and herbs), topped with some barbecued meat, some peanut sauce, and some chili sauce. You toss it all together, it usually looks nicer when they bring it to you, and then you eat it. I never thought of combining fresh greens with warm meat and noodles, but it's SO good!
First you take the rice paper, put on a piece of the ban xeo, and top it with some herbs and some of the papaya and cucumber, whatever you like.
Then you roll it up into a little greasy spring roll thing.
Then you dip it on the sauce, which is a kind of peanut/fish sauce blend of some sort, and you eat!
After Marble Mountain, Michael's co-worker Tra and her friends were kind enough to take us out to visit some English schools to see if I could find a job. Afterward, they took us to eat the dishes on this menu, they are hard to see but it has the names. The Banh Beo is like a warm rice flour pudding dish with some fish sprinkles on top, the flavor all together reminded me of tuna casserole. The Banh Loc was a kind of gummy rice flour dough surrounding a piece of shrimp and cooked in a banana leaf, and the Banh Nam was something like a layer of rice flour dough with fish on top, also steamed in a banana leaf. It was really good, but a very different texture than we are used to back home.
Then, Michael was talking with them about foods he would like to try sometime, and they decided that it was time he tried Hot Vit Long, a fertilized duck egg. As far as I understand it is common food in this area of the world, and they told us that they ear it at night so you don't have to look at it, but it is "very good for your health". I was less than enthusiastic, but Michael really wanted to try it.
WARNING - the photos are quite graphic, don't go beyond this point if you have a weak stomach!