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Hmm, interesting! Quite different from the BBQ on our backyard patio!
Leif - these grills are a cheap and easy alternative to the large gas BBQs seen in western countries.I am constantly amazed how much stuff can be cooked on such small grills. Large restaurants will also use larger grills like a half 44 gallon drum but the principle is the same cooking with charcoal. Gas BBQs are almost non-existent and need to be imported
Ah, I remember these. We used them as our stove to cook. Most people nowadays have gas stoves in their kitchen, but back in the days (early 1990's and earlier), burning woods were the main source of power.
There was an online Vietnamese article recently -- forget which paper it's from -- about the only business left making this kind of stove. The owner lamented about gradual decline in business making him the only guy around, plus hard and dirty work, difficulty in finding good clay, and no one to pass on the business. I guess within 10 or 20 years, you won't be able to find this stove any more.
That is too bad.
For the "Small Charcoal Stove Enthusiasts", You should check out this join called "Bo Tung Xeo" Restaurant. It's located near the end of the Ly Tu Trong Street. It's a one way street and the Bo Tung Xeo is on the right. Their specialty is marinated beef BBQ on a small charcoal stove. The name of the restaurant says it all. This a local Vietnamese favorites.
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