Chao Ga Xe Phai (Congee with Shredded Banana Blossom and Chicken Salad)

Chao Ga Xe Phai is a typical Vietnamese dish. The shredded banana blossom and chicken salad is a great dish for those who love to drink hard liquor. A wing dipped into the mixed fish sauce is a perfect complement to a shot of cognac or ruou de (sticky rice brew). Bring out the guitar, hit a few Trinh Cong Sons’ notes, sip some liquor, and bite on the banana blossom, you will guarantee to breathe the fresh scent of Vietnam no matter where you are in the world.