Traveling diabetic #15

Hi,

Jan here.
Hoi-An

With the flooding, meal options are limited as most of the Town is without power and under water. The floodwaters stop outside the entrance of the hotel and there is about a 1lm stretch of road that is slightly elevated before dropping down to the floodwaters. The hospital, schools and civic buildings are along this stretch, with a block of the old town commercial buildings.

The hotel has done a great job of ensuring we get a good breakfast, we have found another coffee shop, Star Coffee Roastery near one of the ferry points, that while crowded and full of cigarette smoke, serves a good coffee. A Minimart had cashew nuts and we were grateful to find the Hoianian Wine Bar operating. 

Not a place we would normally go to with its loud music and expensive wine list. However, despite being soaked and a tad bedraggled, the welcome was warm, the seating was comfortable, the decor, with its huge bronze Buddha, fascinating. Good wine and the service, excellent. It was also interesting to see how they had used portraits of Hoi An characters on the walls of the wine bar, and how people engaged with these silent patrons. 

Blood sugars
High 6.3 mmol/L
Low 4.3 mmol/L

Traveling diabetic #14

Hi,

Jan here.

Hoi-An

Finally uncovered the cappuccino mystery, as they all seem so sweet, and they assured us that there was no sugar added. The milk that is used, is made from watered down condensed milk!

Dinner hours can be a bit daunting as lunch is anything after 11h30, but definitely not later than 12. Dinner is 17h00 sort of time, but can be earlier but not later than six. Breakfast, at the moment, is in the hotel with an egg option as their Pho is not up to much.

Clay pot dinner, not as good as we had in Hanoi, but with the Typhoon raging outside we didn’t have many options. The pork strips tender and spicy. The sauce sending my sugar levels screaming. 

Unwrapped fried wanton, a speciality of Hoi An looked like a Mexican type dish, about which I was a tad skeptical. The corn things not really one of my favorites. They looked great, and tasted amazing!

Blood sugars
High 8.2 mmol/L
Low 4.6 mmol/L

Traveling diabetic #13

Hi,

Jan here.

Hoi-An

Who would have thought that eating, or selecting something to eat, could be such a stressful activity?!

Ms Vy’s, with an extensive interactive menu on a tablet to emphasize the pictures and descriptions of each item. Morning glory, ginger with mung bean drink sounded fascinating, however, it’s loaded with sugar. Water the frustrating option.

Similarly, eliminating anything that had a sugar based sauce, and then dishes that were carb heavy, left a handful of dishes. The banana flower salad with duck breast and caramalised onion was delicious. Too much raw onion and ginger for me, and the sweetness in the dressing, a tad concerning. 

I didn’t eat the prawns on sugar cane that looked amazing, if a tad disappointing. Not sure the rat running across the floor helped!

Blood sugars
High 5.9 mmol/L
Low 4.4 mmol/L

Traveling diabetic #11

Hi,

Jan here.

Hoi-An

Tea. The search to widen my knowledge beyond the rooibos in my suitcase. There are seemingly a wide variety here, other than the traditional Twinnings infused teas. Jasmine, my current default option. Iced, without sugar, a possibility. Although I’m not sure why it’s twenty times the price of a beer.

In the market, loose teas in an endless variety of packages, the contents of which is anything they think you want it to be.

Ginger, lemongrass and lime, the Cocobox special. Actually with honey for the non-diabetic. 

Subtle herbal green tea at the wonderful Reaching Out Tea House. Presentation its own art form, delicate cups probably not suited to the clumsy, and I did have to do the ‘how much to pour in the strainer versus the space left in the cup balance’. Silence under whispering fans.

Blood sugars

High 8.7 mmol/L

Low 4.4 mmol/L

Traveling diabetic #10

Hi,

Jan here.

Highway 4 – Hanoi

One of those frustrating travel days when I pushed and prodded the food to find anything that wasn’t smeared with three table spoons of sugar, or wasn’t bread, rice, noodles (the awful instant packet type). The Pho, a distant cousin of the excellent pho we had been spoilt with in Hanoi. Low blood sugar grumpiness?

Back in Hanoi, ‘Highway 4’ recommended for Vietnamese Cuisine, with a speciality in foods from the North.

Excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere, with a great music playlist from what are now vintage Bose speakers, and eager, if ditsy service.

Duck and bamboo salad. ‘Rau Thom’ (fragrant leaves). Ngo (cilantro), hung que (anise basil), xa (lemon grass) chili, made for a delicious dish. The licorice of the basil a tad strong for my taste and we had to remove the more obvious chili slices. The sauce, while delicious was loaded with sugar and had to be ignored.

Black Vietnamese pork ribs, cooked in the speciality Son Tinh liqueur, had a strong gamey flavour. Tender and tasty. The sauce meant that I could only sample the ribs and settled for the stir fried crispy pork belly. In typical Vietnamese style, the rau thom on the side of the pork belly meant I could add as much, or as little, as I wanted, for me to flavour the food to my palette.

Blood sugars

High 7.4 mmol/L

Low 4.7 mmol/L

Weight unchanged 

Traveling diabetic #9

Hi,

Jan here.

Flamingo Cruise – Ho Long Bay

Set menu’s, trampoline sugars, hidden, unavoidable. Rice and the dessert easier to ignore. 

A seafood soup starter, followed by prawn and green mango salad. ‘Flamingo’ spring rolls and a main course of bass with cabbage. There was a sweet peanut sauce with the salad and the bass was glazed with a sweet sticky sauce.

Dinner of banana flower and beef salad, with pork spring rolls, which I helped to make! Mixed sea food skewer and chicken casserole with stir fried veg. Tasty, if not quite to the standard that Terry has been preparing at the cooking school.

They accommodatingly provided watermelon, rather than the prepared dessert and peanuts. Which, were still coated with a salt-sugar mix.

Blood sugars

High 8.2 mmol/L

Low 4.8 mmol/L

Traveling diabetic #8

Hi,

Jan here.

Hanoi

First real encounter with Pho for breakfast at the upmarket Huyen on Cau Long Street. Chicken amongst the noodles, which I kept to a minimum, and broth. No discernible impact on my sugar levels.

Tastes of lemon-grass, garlic, ginger and lime hidden within the depths of crystal clear broth, delicate enough to make a French Chef envious. Translucent onion moving between the noodle strands like exotic sea creatures.

The noise of the city driving me a tad crazy, and I was happy to escape to the apartment with a stop at the market. Excellent pork spring rolls, with tomato and their small patties.

Bamboo shoots, lettuce and pate in rice paper rolls our dinner, with the French doors open to make the most of the cool air. LM radio, that touch of unreality.

Blood sugars
High 8.8 mmol/L

Low 4.6 mmol/L