Some Mekong lunch I had last month and over 2 afternoons. It was good with lots of porky, vegetables and fruits in season. Meat are usually marinated deep in fish sauce. This sauce is very strong in smells and taste. For a first-timer, the reaction to the smell and taste will be something akin to the well-worn adage, "Smell like sewage and taste like ice-cream".
Fish sauced pork chop in tomato slices and paste topped with crushed black pepper. It was heavenly. Rich tapestry of taste and good combination for texture. The tough meat with the soft tomatoes and crunchy cucumber!