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I’m sorry I’ve neglected my blog for any followers who actually read my posts, but I promise I’ll be posting more often from here on out.
So recently I joined a whole new little world on Facebook where local foodies post about new places to eat, local foodie events coming up, and even recipes or places to grocery shop. Needless to say, I’ve been hooked since I became a member of the group. Say what you want, but it’s definitely a safe haven for us foodies who constantly talk about food. If you’re interested in joining, click here.
Anyhow, they created an event called the Vietnamese New Year Street Food festival at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. This festival was held to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year and had everything from shopping, games, art, and you guessed it…FOOD! When I learned about this festival, I knew I had to attend. I’ve said this a million times, but I’m seriously obsessed with Asian cuisine. I swear I must’ve been Asian in a previous life because it’s what I always find myself craving (if it’s not pizza), or wanting to cook.
I met up with my good friend Roderick and boyfriend and we frolicked through the fairgrounds exploring and most importantly EATING our way through the Vietnamese New Year!
Upon entering the festival, I don’t think we were really expecting what we actually experienced. This festival truly made us feel like we teleported to Vietnam! The language, culture, people, and vibe of the whole festival was awesome!
The coffee was very strong tasting, but not too powerful. I loved the flavor. The only downfall about it was the price. $4 for this cup, and I hadn’t even taken a sip yet. Luckily the food made up for it!
The next stop we made was at one of the soup “stations”. I say stations because each stand was structured like an assembly line.
This is the soup that we decided to try. It’s called Hù tíêu nam vang. I didn’t ask any questions, I just ordered the way the other Vietnamese people around me ordered it.
From what I could see, the soup consisted of a beefy tasting broth (could’ve very well been pork), rice noodles, bean sprouts, shrimp, pork, a quail egg, green onions/scallions, and a lime wedge.
Here’s a close up of the soup. This soup was seriously full of flavor! I’ve never had a soup like this before, but it definitely won’t be my last time. This huge bowl of soup was $8 (definitely better priced than the coffee).
I loved that the festival also provided chopsticks and adorable little soup spoons. I think it completes the experience when you do as the culture would do, so using the proper eating utensils is important.
Our next stop was to get some beer (which I didn’t take a picture of considering it was Yuengling and we all know what it looks like). There was a truck outside of the festival that had kegs of beer, which was also overpriced. $7 for a cup of Yuengling 😕
We roamed around the outdoor part of the festival where there were vendors selling various fruits, plants, and even traditional snake wine (you’ll see what I mean in a moment). We came back inside and listened to some Vietnamese music, which was really cool.
Our next plate was an appetizer called Khoai Lang Chiên, or shrimp fried potatoes. I only got one because I wanted to leave room for everything else. Only $2
I needed some garlic chili paste for dipping because we all know I’m a spice addict.
It was definitely interesting to say the least. It seemed like shredded sweet potato with shrimp right on top. It was served a dipping sauce. The sauce was a bit too tangy for me, but it was a pretty good fritter!
My final dish was of course, Gòi cuôn (spring rolls). I refused to leave without trying them because they’re just so appealing to the eye. They were served with a peanut dipping sauce. They’re so light and refreshing, so I really enjoyed eating them after having that fritter!
Last thing on the menu was a Bánh Tíêu (hollow donut).
They don’t look as good as they taste! It’s like a sweet (but not too sweet) dough with a sesame kick to it. $1
We all really enjoyed this festival. Mainly because of how tasty the food was, but also because it really made us realize that there truly are so many diverse cultures right here in Orlando. I strongly encourage everyone to try all of the festivals Orlando has to offer!
Thank you Tasty Chomps for bringing this festival to light!
If you’d like to see more on the festival, click this post!
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