For my meals in Hanoi I mostly relied on this genius and the recommendations of my hostel, which actually pretty much overlapped. My big time favorites: coffee with condensed milk and sticky rice, xoi. Oh boy, I’m just salivating at the thought right now.
Of course I had the must-have Phở, aka beef noodle soup, in the city where it originates from, but I was just too greedy to have the patience to take a decent picture before devouring it.
Cha ca – Fish sauteed in dill and turmeric and served with rice noodles, peanuts, fresh herbs and fish sauce.
The first time I drank the Vietnamese hot coffee with condensed milk felt like I had just sniffed some coke (at least that’s how imagine it to be), such an intense sensation and addicted from the first sip.
Could not not go into a fancy French pastry shop. Figured I also had to try the French influences.
Other new addiction: Xoi xeo, aka sticky rice. This version with roasted meat (char siu kinda style), chicken and paté. Served with lightly pickled cucumber and finished with a cup of warm soy milk. Hanoi, we have a winner.
Mien Xao Luon – Glass noodles stir fried with egg and bean sprouts, served with deep fried mini eels, fresh cucumber, herbs and fried shallots. I definitely jizzed in my pants.
Last meal in Hanoi, had to finish with my beloved xoi. This time with a spiced, boiled egg, sausage, paté and I don’t have a clue what the other two things were. Once again, served with the cucumbers and soy milk.