March 2014 archive

So much Vietnamese food in Hanoi!

Grilled eggplant with ginger peanut sauce.

 

Sweet and sour pork soup. I urge you to start adding pineapple in your soup, amazing flavor explosion.

 

Deep fried tofu with mint and green onion. You can find this everywhere, ladies with Vietnamese hats fry tofu right in the middle of the sidewalk.

 

Honey glazed chicken.

 

Bun ca? Sour soup with fresh dill, not my favorite but very different from other soups.

Having fun eating in Hanoi.

The fluffiest tomato omelet in the world with warm baguette.

 

I’ve order this soup twice now, it’s freaking delicious. White asparagus and crab soup, it tastes like Asia’s version of chowder.

 

 

Japanese Takoyaki balls!

 

 

Octopus, green onions, pickled ginger, dough, Japanese mayo, BBQ sauce, seaweed and benito flakes. Yummy searing hot treats, good with cold beers.

How to eat in Hanoi

First, grab yourself a “fresh beer“, it’s locally made light beer (not particularly delicious yet certainly non-offensive) served in glass mugs on the side of the road or at local eateries. This weak beer only costs $0.16 a cup, everyone loves it, even the kids.

 

 

Eat one bowl of sticky rice with fried garlic and mung beans a day to help stiffen up “toilet-time”.

 

 

Treat yourself to a steaming bowl of Pho every few hours, very refreshing.

 

 

Find a busy local restaurant and order a bowl of Sup Ga (chicken soup).

 

 

Find the most festive table at the restaurant and take a picture of them.

 

 

Next, get invited to said table and start drinking Vietnamese vodka with your new friends.

 

 

Eat lots of food, laugh non-stop, exchange Facebooks and PLEASE, don’t forget to drink more vodka!

Side note: ALWAYS take your hotel’s business card with you, you never know if you’ll find your way home after so many cheers!

Cau Lau Hoi An, Vietnam

Before arriving in a new city most would research the town’s attractions or points of interest, not me, I inquire about the local delicacies. On the top of Hoi An’s must-eats list is Cau Lau , a special noodle dish made with “magical” water from the town’s well.

 

Main market with fancy well out front.

 

Bowl #1 at the market:

Broth: Porky but weak.

Bits: Fried tofu and pork skin with lettuce and sprouts.

Noodles: Harder than rice noodles, very similar to udon noodles. I would have like to eat a massive bowl.

 

 

Bowl # 2 at Café 43:

So much better, the broth was deep and rich like Pho Bo and we actually got pieces of pork.

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