Here we go. We go through a small alley way and find ourselves in a dark parking lot. It feels isolated. Almost shady. We park our pick-up truck. Yes, we are probably the only Asians in the Lower Mainland that use a pick-up truck. Feeling like a team of yellow hillbillies, we walk towards our destination. It’s a dirty, dank looking building. There’s a sign that tells us to enter through the back door. I feel like I’m about to take part in a drug deal.
We crack the door open a bit further.
I’m pleased to find that instead of baggy-clothed criminals, I’m greeted by a variety of lily-pads sitting atop a small water fountain. Coconut trees line the walls. White tiles populate the floors, and small tables are dispersed throughout the room. They have a simple economic look, with black chairs standing by them.
“I’m pleased to find that instead of baggy-clothed criminals, I’m greeted by a variety of lily-pads sitting atop a small water fountain.”
We sit down, pop up the menus, and begin to order. Afterwards, we sit back and wait. The evening entertainment consists of us trying to figure out what our hosts are gossiping about in Vietnamese. Boyfriends? Friends? Us? Eh, this game is too much work. Instead, I start dubbing in sentences over their mouths in my imagination. Like the badly translated version of a Chinese movie dubbed in English.
“Well I’ll be damned, you’re looking at Steven! He’s only been here for about two minutes, but by God, he’s the best thing that’s entered my life.”
I much prefer it when I’m in control of the gossip that’s coming out of their mouths.
“Your order, sir.”
I snap back to reality.
Beef Ball Pho Noodle Soup. Served with Bean Sprouts, Mint Leaves, and miscellaneous Veggies, it’s great for a cold night after work. Nothing extraordinary about it, but it gets the job done. The texture is the familiar broth-like Vietnamese soup, with the Pho Noodles and Beef Balls providing the main substance of the course.
The next course is Grilled Pork, Vermicelli, and Spring Rolls. The Pork has the barbecued savoury-sweet taste, and is pleasant to indulge in. Vermicelli provides the carbs and a little bit of filler and the Spring Rolls have a little bit of Shrimp, Ground Pork, and Veggies to provide a complementary bite. Veggies decorate the sides of the bowl.
We finish up our meals and sit back. Now it’s our turn to gossip.
What might we be gossiping about you might ask? Beats me. Lip dub it in your head.