Believe it or not I quite like food. If I were to have to pick a cuisine I liked best it would be, by a fairly long shout, French food. Chinese would also be right up there too. What I love about Vietnamese cuisine is it’s basically like a fusion between Chinese and French food. I’ve written before about Vietnamese BBQ, which is cooked in butter! Butter I tell you! But there’s whole host of other stuff too; even the national dish of Pho Bo is French inspired.
Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city has a lot to offer, from the mausoleum of Uncle Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda, the crazy new buildings being built in the business district, and of course the great food and drink that can be enjoyed in the fabulous old quarter. Even Donald Trump and Marshal Kim Jong Un decided to come here.
[Read more…] about 5 of the best street foods in Hanoi you must try
Ten years ago Vietnam was the reserve of the intrepid backpacker, but since then
Vietnam has gotten itself right on the tourist radar, particularly when it
comes to marauding groups of Chinese tourists coming through. Alas this now means
money is firmly being smelt! Navigating your way around the tourists meccas
(such as Halong Bay) has also gotten that bit harder. But no worries: you got The
Street Food Guy! Here’s my top tips to traveling and eating around Halong Bay!
For a relatively small place (at least compared to china) South-East Asia really is mixed bag of tricks, with each part being very distinct, which naturally tends to throw up favorites. For many Vietnam is a bit like marmite, people love it, or hate it. I formerly fell into the hate it side of the fence, but unlike marmite, I’ve kinda grown to love the place, so when the chance came to do a south to north trip, I jumped at it. Here’s my week street-fooding over Viet Fucking Nam!
Chicken or beef; Apple or Android; Batman or Superman; straight or Canadian: the world is full of choices that amount to absolutes, and for me when the question was ‘Saigon or Hanoi?’ ‘South Vietnam or Vietnam?’ the choice was easy. Saigon is a city that truly does not sleep whilst Hanoi, well it sleeps, and it sleeps at midnight.
But, as Lonely Planet like to say, “scratch beneath the surface and you will find blah blah blah”. With my local friends in tow I was about to discover a whole new underside to nights out in Hanoi!