One of the most amazing trips I have ever been on was to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, when I was 24. My best friend and I travelled together—two girls without a lot of money and nary a sense of fear or awareness. I remember one night when we wanted to go to a hip district with all the nice bars, cafes and specialty shops. We took a taxi. ‘It says 15 minutes max with no traffic.’
This bowl of noodles blew me away because I couldn’t believe how close to “the real thing” it was. Really, this recipe should be in anyone’s survival kit, you know, just in case you get stranded in some unthinkable place away from Bak Chor Mee, at least you won’t die (or feel like dying).