- Oysters on the half shell as our very first dish.
- Crab cakes, an American classic, but presented with the cake stuffed back into the crab's shell.
- Japanese noodles served with mounds of steaming vegetables, all the usual Asian suspects.
- Fresh spring rolls that we made ourselves
- Platters of sweet and tangy pineapple, dragon fruit, and watermelon.
- And for our final encore, a medley of prawns and pineapple steeped in Malay-style sambal flavors.
In fact, each meal on the Victory Star was in perfect pitch.
Before our early-morning excursion to Vung Vieng and the follow-up brunch, we had a light breakfast that caught me entirely by surprise.
Two types of pastries and bananas were provided. And cocoa krispies.
Yes. Chocolate breakfast cereal. On a Vietnamese junk on the other side of the world, I ate perhaps the most discordant of American culinary wrong notes.
My third-born explained that they are a favorite among the Vietnamese, and in that spirit, I decided to have a bowl.
They were as awful as I imagined.
But still, I'm glad I ate them. For better or for worse, my Victory Star meal plan was truly a rhapsody of international flavors and I can honestly say I tried them all.