I learnt to cook lemongrass chili chicken in banana leaf with my Vietnamese chefs during my trip to Vietnam in September 2012

A happy chili

When a Vietnamese recipe calls for a bird’s eye chili, then a bird’s eye chili there must be. This last blog post has more than a kick to it…

I learnt to cook lemongrass chili chicken in banana leaf with my Vietnamese chefs during my trip to Vietnam in September 2012
Learning to cook lemongrass chili chicken in banana leaf with my Vietnamese chefs – Hoi An, Vietnam, September 2012

When a Vietnamese recipe calls for a bird’s eye chili, then a bird’s eye chili there must be.

Now, you might be wondering where my story is going… No, I haven’t become a food blogger. Just bear with me for a minute.

I was running home after work earlier this week and had to stop by the shops to buy a missing chili for my dinner. Instead of stopping by Woolworths as I had planned to, I ran past a little corner fruit and vegetables store and decided to give them my very modest but important business. The shop was packed with locals buying their ingredients to prepare dinner for their families.

I grabbed one bird’s eye chili. I felt a little cheap with my purchase, but I had to run an extra 8km and only had a small waist belt to carry my goods. So I held up my chili, took my $10 out of my running armband and went to give it to the smiling Italian man behind the colourful display. He immediately said: “No no, free. Next time love. Be careful, very hot.”

Now that is what I call a simple gesture with a big difference. It brought a smile to my lips…

What small gesture can you make to bring a bit of happiness in someone else’s life?

1 comment on “A happy chiliAdd yours →

  1. Te dire que tu manques beaucoup et qu’on a bien hâte de vous voir les deux!!!

    Bonne journée!!! Kim et Dan…

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