Breakfast in Hoi An
December 06, 2014
John and I arrived in Hoi An about three days ago. Since we're going to be in Vietnam for four months we decided to stay in a nice hotel for the first week to relax while we searched for longer-term housing in person. Our hotel is a whopping $60 a night and is incredibly nice with a gym, pool, spa, and complimentary breakfast. Here's a little bit about breakfast since it is the most important meal of the day. Especially the way our hotel does it.
I like to strive for some semblance of healthy eating, so I start at the vegetable table and get a salad with my breakfast. These are pretty much the only vegetables I eat all day because phở.
My favorite thing about traveling is the fresh fruit that other countries have. Vietnam has some amazing local fruit, including mangoes, passion fruit, bananas, tangerines, and durians.
These lovely little spoons are basically fruit shooters. I'm not sure what compelled them to make fruit shooters, but they're adorable, efficient and delicious so I'm not complaining.
The juice towers are both aesthetically and palatably pleasing. The juices rotate day to day, but the green tower is cucumber juice. There is also often lemon juice, orange juice, and passion juice.
There is fresh, homemade jam for any jam lovers out there. There's passion fruit jam, mango jam, and pineapple jam.
Like Elf, I believe there are four main food groups. Mine are salt, fat, sugar, and carbs. Needless to say my excitement was unbounded when I saw the fried rice dish in the breakfast buffet. Disclaimer: I have had fried rice for 4 of the 7 meals here so far. Disclaimer addendum: I have had noodles or rice for 7 of the 7 meals here so far. They also usually have a bunch of different local dishes in this section, including stir fries and noodle dishes.
This is the bread table. Just behind it is the butter and cheese table. A very pivotal piece of the breakfast montage.
Finally, for anyone craving a western breakfast there is an omelette station, pancakes, bacon and sausage. Given the loads of other delicious food I haven't felt compelled towards these yet, but maybe in a few days when I'm feeling homesick or nostalgic I'll want some. Of course, Vietnam is so amazing there's a chance I'll never feel homesick again.