September 24, 2023

Travel Highlights - Food: Valencia / Saigon / Montreal

For all the foodies out there, get ready for a culinary adventure! Our first stop takes us to Saigon, where you absolutely cannot miss tasting the mouthwatering Bò Pía. These little rolls are bursting with flavor and are sure to leave you wanting more.

Travel Highlights - Food

From there, we jet off to Valencia, Spain to indulge in their iconic dish, Paella. Trust me, this rice dish is a game-changer with its rich and aromatic flavors. And for all you noodle lovers, our final destination is Montreal's vibrant chinatown, where you can slurp on some absolutely delectable noodles. Prepare your taste buds, because this journey is going to be a food lover's dream come true!

Bò Pía

Bò Pía rolls in Saigon
Bò Pía rolls in Saigon

Let's talk about Bò Pía, a delightful Vietnamese twist on the Chinese popiah. Just like how the Eskimos have multiple words for snow, the Vietnamese have perfected their own version of the beloved spring roll. Stuffed with delightful slices of sausage, Bò Pía offers a refreshing, flavor-packed bite that will leave you craving for more. So, if you find yourself in Vietnam, don't miss the chance to savor this delightful local specialty!

Paella Valenciana

Paella cooking class in Valencia
Paella cooking class in Valencia

Paella is a classic Valencian dish with a rich history. Its exact origins are unknown, but it is thought to have emerged during Moorish rule over Valencia, when rice became a staple food of the region. Traditionally, paella was a meal for poorer families, who would add readily-available vegetables and meat to their paellera, a wide, shallow, flat pan. Over the centuries, the ingredients and preparation of paella have evolved, but the dish remains a popular and beloved tradition.

Pulled Noodles in Montreal's Chinatown

Nouilles de Lan Zhou, they handpull their noodles
Nouilles de Lan Zhou, they handpull their noodles

Nouilles de Lan Zhou is a small restaurant above an excellent Asian supermarket that serves incredible hand-pulled noodles in huge portions, with a rich broth. The noodles are made fresh to order, and you can watch the chefs at work through a large window in the front of the restaurant.

Hand-pulled noodles are a type of Chinese noodle that originated in northern China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). The exact origin is unknown, but they are thought to have been developed by traders and travelers who were looking for a quick and easy meal to prepare on the go.


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