Balancing a combination of fragrance, taste and colour, food in Vietnam is an integral part of life that often takes centre-stage. We sampled some delicious Vietnamese cuisine just like the locals do, by strolling through the hidden alleyways and bustling markets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. With its narrow streets and antique brick houses, it makes for a nostalgic trip back through time in a fast developing city as you wander through the meandering alleys where merchants and street hawkers gather to sell produce ranging from seafood to exotic fruits.
🥢Dried Beef Salad
Nom Bo Kho is a delicious dried beef salad that has become a familiar street food snack. With a mixture of julienned green papaya, strips of beef and spicy beef jerky, and topped with herbs, peanuts, and a sweet and sour dressing, it’s different flavours and textures are a moreish combination.
🥢Fermented Pork, Pillow Cake, Spring Rolls, Sweet Donut
The fermented pork, though sweet and sour in taste, held a rubbery texture we couldn’t quite get used to, whilst the spring roll wasn’t really something we’d consider to be groundbreakingly innovative. The pillow cake, on the other hand, we couldn’t get enough of. As a great dish for cold days, it’s pastry is crispy and filled with finely chopped glass noodles and mushrooms served alongside a dipping sauce of garlic, chilli, sugar, lime juice, fish sauce and water.
To finish, treat yourself to a sweet donut. With innards made from sweet mashed mung bean and coated in sesame seeds, its sweet filling and crispy outer shell will leave you wanting more.
It was said to have emerged when a resident of Vietnam working at the Sofitel Legend Hanoi Hotel ran out of milk and decided to use the following concoction instead. Traditionally prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk, Robusta coffee, and served in a bowl of hot water to retain it’s warmth, it is a super smooth and creamy beverage.
The old town of Hanoi has basically remained the same for many years. It looks like an old city that is rundown and a little messy. But here is the purest of Hanoi, the real life of the locals. Although the old town of Hanoi lacks the heights of modern cities, there are many ancient buildings and shops, many historic temples and parks, and a lot of history. There are still many things to see.
Strolling in the old town, the one that impressed me the most is their motorcycle team. The people in Hanoi often ride motorcycles. The crossroads, the black motorcycles, the green lights and the deafening sounds of the motorcycles are all a part of the scenery. There are also tourist tricycles, where the tourist sits in the front and the rider is at the back. It is a great way to take pictures of the old town.
is not an exaggeration, this may be the best restaurant I have ever eaten in Hanoi and even in Vietnam. It is hidden in a very inconspicuous alley, winding around and climbing up the second floor is the restaurant, and the entire restaurant has only four tables.
The experience of the boss here is an inspirational movie. He used to be a shoemaker on the street. When he was a child, he had to pay for the whole family. Then he learned the chef through the National Student Welfare Society and also cooked for the national leadership. Now I have opened a small shop here, I have learned a lot of languages, and set up a fund to give children who are difficult to survive on the street. The restaurant is mainly based on Vietnamese cuisine. The barbecue rice noodles are a must-have. The owner will help me personally. The taste is really the best, no one. The rice noodles are moderately sweet and the barbecue is just right. Also worth recommending is the tofu here. The taste is similar to that of Chinese food, but it has been improved to make it more delicious.