Silver Travel Cook Club - February 2020

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Silver Travel Cook ClubEmerald Waterways This month’s Silver Travel Cook Club features a mouth watering recipe for Saigon fresh summer rolls, courtesy of sponsor Emerald Waterways and inspired by their 23-day Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia.

And you could win an Emerald Waterways goodie bag and a copy of Street Food Vietnam  by Jerry Mai.

On this insightful itinerary exploring Vietnam and Cambodia, whether you are cruising the Mekong River on board our boutique Star-Ship Emerald Harmony, or staying in one of our handpicked hotels during touring days, we pride ourselves on providing the perfect balance between time on board, and onshore, as you explore the mysterious lands of Southeast Asia.

Marvel at the inimitable landscapes, meet the welcoming locals and try some of the most delicious food, as we take your senses on a truly vibrant adventure. Hanoi’s labyrinthine streets are filled with food stalls and markets. Journey to Halong Bay and embark on a traditional junk boat as you sail its ethereal waters, and drive through Da Nang before crossing the Pass of Ocean Clouds. Discover Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi Tunnels, before meeting Emerald Harmony and sailing the Mekong, stopping off in My Tho, Sa Dec and Phnom Penh. Conclude your trip with three nights in Siem Reap, attending the Phare Cambodian Circus and visiting the historic Angkor Wat.

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Departure dates and pricing:

  • 23 days, July-December 2020 and January-April 2021
  • Prices from £4,395 pp including flights, tips, excursion options and wine and beer at lunch and dinner

Recipe: Emerald Waterways’ Saigon fresh summer rolls

Ingredients (makes 6):

  • 6 sheets, about 22cm rice paper
  • 150g pork belly
  • 18 king prawns, shelled and deveined
  • 30g rice vermicelli
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 12 coriander sprigs, stalk on, chopped
  • 18 garden or hot mint leaves, chopped
  • 3 mint sprigs
  • 6 garlic chives, halved and head removed
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • ½ tbsp white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tbsp sriracha chilli sauce
  • 2 tbsp roasted salted peanuts, crushed


Bring a saucepan of water and a few pinches of salt to the boil. Add the pork, cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes or until the juices run clear when you prick it with a knife. Allow to cool, then cut off the skin and very thinly slice the meat. Put the prawns and a pinch of salt in a saucepan of boiling water and poach for 2 minutes, or until opaque. Drain and allow to cool.

Ho Chi Minh CityPut the rice vermicelli, a pinch of salt and a dash of vinegar in a bowl or pan of boiling water, cover and allow to cook for 5–10 minutes or until soft. Drain and rinse with hot water.

Once the pork, prawns and vermicelli are ready, put them and the remaining filling ingredients in their own individual bowls in front of you. Pour some warm water into a tray deep and large enough to submerge the rice paper sheets. Use a plastic board as a base on which to make the rolls.

Dip a sheet of rice paper into the water and take it out as soon as it is moist all over – do not let it sit in the water. Lay the sheet on the plastic board. Imagine the sheet is a face and now place the filling where the mouth should be: line up a couple of pork slices, 3 prawns, 1 lettuce leaf, and one-sixth of the vermicelli and herbs. Fold the 2 sides inward over the filling, as if making an envelope.

Now fold the bottom corner over the filling. Put 3–4 pieces of garlic chives along the roll with the tips sticking out of one end of the roll. Start to roll up the package tightly, pushing it forward and tucking in the filling in a neat cylinder as you roll it towards the far side of the sheet. Keep in an airtight container or wrap in cling film while you assemble the remaining rolls.

For the dipping sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Fry the garlic until it browns slightly. Add the hoisin sauce, vinegar, sugar, chilli sauce and 1 tbsp. water and bring to a gentle boil. Pour into dipping bowls and sprinkle the peanuts on top. Serve with the rolls for dipping.

Emerald Waterways goodie bagA Food Journey Along the Mekong River by Luke NguyenHow to win an Emerald Waterways goodie bag and a copy of Street Food Vietnam

Simply tell us in the Comments section below about your favourite street food experience, and where you enjoyed it. We’d love to know, and the best entry will win a super Emerald Waterways goodie bag and a copy of this fabulous book.

Read more about all of our Silver Travel Cook Club recipes.


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  • SilverTravelEditor
    over 1 year ago
    There are still a few more days left in February...we'd still love to hear about your street food experiences and memories.

    The best entry will win a fab Emerald Waterways goodie bag and a copy of the mouthwatering 'Street Food Vietnam' book.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    over 1 year ago
    Thanks for all your vivid street food experiences and memories, everyone. It's a phenomenon that seems to have gained significant momentum in recent years, even in the UK where perhaps it's not in our food culture genes as much as other countries.

    I worked on London's Old Street for a few years from around 2012. Lunch most days was chosen from the many amazing street food stalls in the Whitecross Street Market:

    The hardest choice was deciding which country's exotic street food to choose that day. And whether to eat al fresco or inflict on everyone back in the office.

  • Caroles2311
    over 1 year ago
    Street food in Thailand. Loved the coconut ice.
  • ggdino
    over 1 year ago
    I was in Istanbul in 2002 and had just visited the amazing old spice market.i was now heading towards the Grand Bazaar when I spotted a man in traditional Turkish costume, complete with curly shoes !
    On his back was what looked like a big urn complete various tubes and knobs. As I paused to admire him and his strange apparatus he pushed into my hand the traditional Turkish tea glass which he then proceeded to fill by directing a jet of tea from the gizmo on his back via a tube over his right shoulder and from a distance of several feet. I was so astonished not only at this performance but also at his skill in completing the action without spilling more a few drops.
    The resulting hot sweet tea was so refreshing and the performance on some nameless Istanbul side street still is fresh in memory some 18 years later.
    A street drink with flair and panache
  • SilverTravelUser_4342
    over 1 year ago
    I’m struggling to choose between the succulent spanferkel in Düsseldorf and some amazing vegetable samosas in Goa. The spanferkel is wonderful roast pork in a super fresh roll which were so welcome during a night out in Düsseldorf old town while visiting family many years ago. The samosas were a tasty afternoon treat. As we were nearly at the end of our day out, our taxi driver asked if we would mind if he stopped at a street food stall to buy some samosas for his family, we bought some for us and him. They were fresh, tasty and beautifully spiced morsels, much better than any we have ever had in restaurants.
  • Christinawad
    over 1 year ago
    The best street food I have ever had was a pork bap roll, (succulent meat from a spit roasted joint, with added apple sauce, stuffing and gravy). I purchased it when I was shopping in Birmingham City Centre.
  • Stones
    over 1 year ago
    When in Asia I always remember a great piece of advice: If there is a long queue of locals at a food stall: Join it, it will be good.
    A couple of years ago I was in Hoi An, Vietnam. I saw a huge queue of people, I couldn't really see what they weee selling. As I waited 95% of.people ordered Banh Mi, I just said the same for me.
    I got a huge delicious crunchy baguette filled with tasty morsels, sweet, savoury, meat and salad.
    Heaven in my hands. When I finished this delight i noticed the wrapping paper said "Best Banh Mi in the world"
    I wouldn't dissagree.
    When in Asia: Join the queue it will be worth it.
  • SilverTravelEditor
    over 1 year ago
    Thanks for all your mouthwatering favourite street food experiences. Keep them coming, to be in with a chance of winning a copy of 'Street Food Vietnam' and a fab goody bag from Silver Travel Cook Club sponsors Emerald Waterways.
    My own indelible street food memory is while staying in Penang, Malaysia. My Dad spent his National Service at RAF Butterworth on the mainland at the end of the 1940s, and spent much of his R&R time hopping across on the ferry to Penang. He and I went back there in the 1990s, and one of the best memories is of eating street food - usually a curry! - with him, and guzzling a couple of Tiger beers, as we looked across the water from George Town to where Dad had been all those years ago.
    over 1 year ago
    Malaysia - not sure about the boiled frogs though
  • pengwen
    over 1 year ago
    The Roti,a kind of savoury flat bread cooked on a flat skillet, wrapped around a vegetarian curry and chilli sauce (if you are brave enough).Very tasty and sold from street stalls and men on bikes from glass containers.
    Another treat was the fresh pineapple peeled, cut into four and eaten like a lollipop holding the stalk like the stick.
    I became friends with a young woman who sold them,despite both of us only speaking a smattering of the others language.
    The universal language of smiles is a gift to all.
    This was in Mauritius,while visiting relatives of my husband.A never to be forgotten trip.
  • Fabuloushornet
    over 1 year ago
    Many years ago I lived in Berlin and I loved to buy bratwurst (grilled pork sausage) and pomme frits(chips), from the little corner kios, served with mayo or any of the normal condiments.The sausage was delicious .They also served brockwurst (boiled sausage) and boullion (a kind of rough burger)These were all sold with lovely fresh crusty bread.
    They sell these items in the supermarkets now ,Ldl and Aldi but they just don't taste the same:(
  • Janet-from-Inverness
    over 1 year ago
    On a holiday to Singapore. Amazing selection of tasty foods.
  • Lesleycc
    over 1 year ago
    Street food at its best served outside my house in Singapore. It was cooked by a lovely lady in exchange for my vegetable waste. Nasi Goreng being our favourite.
  • Ozdevon
    over 1 year ago
    1978 Singapore & street food was everywhere. Things have changed now but it is still possible to find great street food in many districts. We keep going back!
  • Andrewco
    over 1 year ago
    My favourite was in a small village in Greece the smell of good cooking after a long hold led me to a small house where a barbeque was cooking the local village sausage. The elderly lady offered me one and it was the best village sausage I have ever tasted. Made on site and cooked on site I have never been able to match the taste of them.
  • jaxb
    over 1 year ago
    On a hot and dusty tour in Sri Lanka, our driver stopped at a coconut stall, we watched the coconut being picked at the top of the tree, skilful hacks with a terrifying knife and we were presented with a cool refreshing drink
  • ferrit
    over 1 year ago
    Street food all over Thailand is delicious and tasty
  • edwardyoong
    over 1 year ago
    My street food market was in Malacca, Malaysia where we order 6 plates of delicious food all for the price of £10.
  • Marymj
    over 1 year ago
    My favourite ever was the pizza I tasted in Toulon when I was 16. Its something I have never forgotten and i dont remember tastinfg a better pizza anywhere.
  • DRSask
    over 1 year ago
    The various different bratwurst sausages all over Germany. Each town has it's own version - all different shapes and sizes - but all served in one way or another with rye bread and mustard. Absolutely delicious!
  • Neffrose
    over 1 year ago
    I’d just been snorkelling in the Seychelles and as I was drying myself off on the beach, I could smell the aromas of something cooking on a barbecue. Hunger got the better of me so I headed towards the smell and found a local guy and two policemen (bizarre, I know) cooking up fresh tuna steaks so I put in my order. It was fantastic, served up with fresh salad and eaten on the beach, it couldn’t have been better.
  • tulip3
    over 1 year ago
    One of my favourites is coconut prawns on a skewer
  • Marpau
    over 1 year ago
    All street food in Thailand is amazing