Tag Archives: seafood

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 […]

Cá Kho Tộ Caramelized Fish – 361 of 365

Troi oi!  It’s pronounced choi oi and these two simple words roll out Vietnamese mouths in reaction to just about any situation possibly arising in daily life.  Witness something crazy?  Troi oi!  Almost get hit by a motorbike?  Troi oi as well.  Someone surprise you?  Yes, you guessed it.  Troi oi indeed. Loosely translated as […]

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 […]

Xương Cá Fish Bones – 351 of 365

Fish has been largely absent from this food journey.  It’s not that I don’t like fish…quite to the contrary actually.  I just don’t trust the fish in Vietnam all that much.  I’ve seen large slabs of our ocean going friends festering in the hot midday heat at markets and can’t help but wonder if these […]

Bánh Canh Cua Ốc Crab and Snail Noodle Soup – 349 of 365

How could anyone not want to eat here?  A basic black and white tattered piece of paper straight off a printer advertising what’s on offer…a woman crammed in between a boiling cauldron and her food preparation table…squat stools lining the sidewalk between the muddy street and a rundown concrete building…a steady flow of people who […]

Mực Xào Dưa Chua Squid and Pickled Mustard Greens – 347 of 365

An ordinary lunch at Com 31 in District 1 became an extraordinary feast for all my senses.  I looked around the room and it was just business as usual for all the Vietnamese but for me it was anything but.  Living longterm in Vietnam can make even the most adventurous amongst oblivious to the things […]

Lunch Lady on Saturday – 335 of 365

The Lunch Lady made famous by Anthony Bourdain serves a day of the week specific meal deep in a residential neighborhood off Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street on the fringes of District 1.  Almost six months have passed since one of her soups has passed between my lips.  My how time flies.  Suddenly I realized […]

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 […]

Cá Mystery Fish – 327 of 365

Torrential rains kept me close to home for lunch and I made my way down a flooded side alley to Café 91 right here in Binh Thanh District.  Of course the doorway to my feeding hole was blocked as usual by motorbikes.  Why can’t people in this country park away from the entrance so that people who […]

Bún Gạo Thập Cẩm Combination Noodle Soup – 322 of 365

Some seriously heavy rain cooled the morning air and made a long walk quite pleasant.  Well, I must say as pleasant as things can be dodging giant puddles and a sudden deluge of motorbike traffic that had been waiting out the storm.  Imagine the flood gates being thrown open all of a sudden, and that […]