This is so easy to make. Fry tons of garlic (to lessen the guilt from eating aligue or crab fat, maybe) in butter (yes, not olive oil or corn oil) and when the garlic begins to smell (garlicky!), add some shrimps (optional) then the aligue. Cook for a minute or two before adding your rice. Then garnish with strips of fresh basil (optional).
Royal Saigon Restaurant is one of the most popular tourist choice in Ho Chi Minh City. Maybe it is also because it is located at Bui Vien, which is the tourist hub in HCMC. And it was actually my friend who wanted to eat at Royal Saigon, I just happily tagged along.