Cua Dong and Traditional Tet Food

On the second to the last day of work for the Lunar New Year, I dragged myself to the office thinking that the whole office would be like a ghost town with everyone off to their Tet holiday. But… no. Our office was still 75% filled with people. In fact, we were still able to get together for some Traditional Tet Meal before everyone heads off to their hometown.

 photo 20140128_132158_zps58ee3137.jpgAt a huge alley off Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, we went to Cua Dong. Seems like a popular place with it filled with so much people. On the first floor, you get to sit on regular seats made from bamboo materials but on the second floor, you have to remove your shoes and sit in an area on the floor. There was a small function room where tables and chairs were, and that’s where we ate.

 photo 20140128_123630_zps7604eadb.jpgThey have the family set meals and yes, there’s the Tet Traditional Family Set Meal. Our admin manager changed it up a bit and ordered.

 photo 20140128_123716_zps13a5a0a9.jpgI was hoping she ordered the frog fried with butter and lemon grass. 😛 But no such luck.

 photo 20140128_123813_zpsa3fb5e10.jpgWe had spring rolls paired with sauteed morning glory.

 photo 20140128_124048_zpsc2560679.jpgCrispy rice pancake with field crab! Crunchy and yum!

 photo 20140128_1243241_zps6882b75e.jpgThen we had some crispy field crab. And yes you eat em all! photo 20140128_124852_zps0e26ddd2.jpgBut this claw looked nasty. This is nothing compared to fish bones, so I passed on this one.

 photo 20140128_130507_zps062e05bf.jpgThen just when I thought we were done, the waiter served us the frozen meat with pickled vegetables. It actually tastes pretty good but the needle of my cholesterol meter was angling pretty close to the dangerous levels.

 photo 20140128_131145_zps8539c879.jpgAnd it still didn’t end there. The boiled pork and innards were served. I love liver so I couldn’t say no to that.

 photo 20140128_131201-1_zpsd0177eca.jpgAnd we still had hot pot and watermelon for dessert! Waaaah!

If this is just a slice of what a Tet family celebration looks like, I can’t imagine what it will be on the day itself!

Happy Tet everyone!

Cua Dong
18A/3/A3 Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Phường ĐaKao, Quận 1
8-8246825 – 0903834523

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