And a big container of her special bun rieu, a tomato broth with chunks of shrimp and crab paste, pieces of shrimp, imitation crab meat, oc (Vietnamese water snails), tofu, and tomatoes.
When soups are homemade, I tend to go easy on the broth so nothing is wasted. But otherwise, quite tasty isn't it?
Here's a close-up.
With such homecooking readily available, then's been little incentive for me to learn how to make my own. Afterall, the family wouldn't cook for me if they thought I knew how to cook, would they? ;) January 4, 2010 update: I finally made my own version of bun rieu cua tom oc (Vietnamese crab and shrimp paste rice vermicelli noodle soup with sea snails).