Tag Archives: Hanoi

Xin Cám Ơn Thank You

Wow.  Here we are.  365 meals.  When I took on this project I remember wondering if I’d indeed be able to find a year’s worth of food worthy of a daily narrative.  I prayed my lofty goal wouldn’t crater about two months in due to a lack of variety.  Somehow the food gods smiled upon me, and this project […]

Phở Bò Beef Noodle Soup – 365 of 365

Phở.  Yes, phở.  Phở is our final stop on this diverse food journey.  What’s that?  You were expecting something a little more exotic like marinated pig bladder or five flavors chicken tongue for the grand finale?  Actually I am not even sure if those are edible parts of our barnyard friends, but I am going […]

Mì Sủi Cảo Noodle and Won Ton Soup – 363 of 365

A dose of cool, nonhumid air got me out on foot on my last work overnight in Hanoi but hunger stopped short my wanderings on Xuan Dieu Road in the Tay Ho neighborhood.  The trusty old won ton soup joint across from Tracy’s drew me right in, and this basic concrete hut has nourished me enough in […]

Cua Rang Fried Crabs – 358 of 365

We can’t arrive at meal number 365 without some final attempts at uncovering culinary weirdness, can we?  Well, I do suppose weirdness is in the eye of the beholder.  These cua rang, fried crabs, might very well be mainstream and normal in Hanoi on the side of the road heaped in a bowl awaiting the […]

Đậu Sốt Cà Chua Tofu and Tomatoes – 357 of 365

In Saigon a common lunchtime dish all across town is a large slab of meat stuffed tofu drenched in a tangy, fishy tomato sauce.  A work trip to Hanoi introduced me to its cousin, đậu sốt cà chua.  I suppose this one could fall into that ever favorite saying of Vietnamese people…”Same, same but different.”  These friend […]

Thịt Kho Tàu Braised Pork Belly – 354 of 365

Since I had ordered the braised pork sticky rice this week, and my sidewalk chef failed to deliver exactly what I wished for, I decided to actually seek out this highly scary, to me at least, pork product. Many moons ago we sampled a vegetarian dish of braised pork made of faux meat.  I marveled […]

Xôi Thịt Kho Sticky Rice With “Pork” – 353 of 365

Let me preface this by saying I did order the sticky rice with pork, but what arrived was only part of the complete dish I had formed in my mind. This xoi sticky rice stand on Yen Phu Street in Hanoi is definitely not a new stop on this food journey, but this particular version most […]

One Final Bún Chả – 336 of 365

One final bowl of bún chả and finally some success after all those failed attempts in Saigon!  Of course I had to travel to Hanoi for a decent meal, but that’s ok.  Since I had to spend the night in Hanoi for work anyhow, I figured why not make the best of it and have […]

Cá Trích Chiên Fried Herring – 332 of 365

Café Chi Em in Hanoi’s Tay Ho neighborhood  is the right kind of joint for rice, meat and a vegetable on the cheap.  These com binh dan joints are a Vietnamese fixture I will truly miss.  With their loosely translated name of rice for the peasants, how can anyone not want to eat here?  And […]

Gà Xào Sả Ớt Lemongrass Chicken – 330 of 365

Gà Xào Sả Ớt The Pleiku airport has nourished me more times than I can count with containers of stir fried noodles and fried rice with a greasy sunny side up egg.  By now you’ve probably figured out most eggs generally make a one way trip from my plate to the trash can.  I so […]