Day 2: Oct 23
Woke up early to meet with Anh Dung and walk over to Cha Tam Church to meet up with Ong Ut at 7:30am.
Cha Tam Church has quite a history:
Following a coup on November 1, 1963, President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother fled the palace through a tunnel network and eventually sought safety in Cha Tam church. They spent the night within the church’s grounds and the following morning were captured by coup loyalists. Enroute to military headquarters, both Diem and his brother were murdered in the back of the military vehicle they were being transported in. Diem was subsequently buried in an unmarked grave not far from the US Ambassador’s residence.
Ong Ut took us to dim sum for breakfast, where we met his son, Uncle Tam, and his good friends Chu Bao and his wife. Dim sum at 8am? Not the best idea on your body while it’s just starting to adjust to food in a new country!
We were then taken on a drive around the city and sooner than we realized, it was lunch time.
Most awesome Korean BBQ, buffet style, ever. Tons of freshly prepared marinated meats to choose from including: ostrich, fish, frog, eel, etc. At the center of our grill was also a hotpot for all the veggies you could have as well. Multiple prepared dishes on top of that including sushi and salads. Vinamilk ice-cream for dessert… Yum!
(We weren’t allowed to take pictures!)
Went back to hotel to rest before going out to eat (again) dinner with Ong Ut.
By Day 2, you can already tell how this trip is going to work out: GET FAT BECAUSE ALL WE DO IS EAT. 🙂