Saturday, October 31, 2020

Delicious food in Hanoi, Vietnam

With a rich culinary heritage and an exciting street food scene, Hanoi – captial of Vietnam is  a wonderful city for foodies. So make sure you come with an appetite.

They say that the way to man’s heart is through his stomach, cook him a good meal and he’s putty in your hands. I’d argue that somewhat similarly, residents of Hanoi are hap-piest at mealtimes, and many visitors fall in love with Vietnam thanks to the incredible food. It’s a city that gets you through the stomach!

Vietnam’s signature noodle dish-pho with beef

Plus, for foreign guests and resi-dents, if you want to understand Hanoi and its people, I’d argue that you have to understand the cuisine and enjoy discovering new Foods. If you love food, you will love Hanoi; understand how people like to eat, and you’ll understand their nature.
Vietnamese people love to share a meal. Solitude is equated to loneliness. Anyone dining alone will be told “an mot minh dau tuc”, literally you’ll hurt yourself by eating alone. But for the solo voyeurs amongst you, fear not, you can always slip into the busiest restaurant and enjoy the buzz of jostling with your fellow diners over a bowl of pho or a plate of sticky rice. You’re alone, yes, but alone in a crowd.

Banh Cuon

And the first rule for discovering Vietnamese food in Hanoi, is make sure you follow the crowds; the busier the restaurant, the better it probably is. Certain family run establishments are considered the only place to eat certain foods. At peak hours, it should be hard to find a space at Hanoi’s best restaurants.
The second rule is that the best restaurants serve one basic staple – it’s often a one-dish-joint serving a ‘gia truyen’-specialty, a recipe passed on from one generation to the next.
Many of these dishes were origi-nally created elsewhere. As a thou-sand-year old capital, people from the provinces have been drawn to Hanoi, and so the city has absorbed recipes and cooking techniques from all over the country.

Bun Cha

But we can loosely define Hanoian cuisine – generally the cap-ital’s residents don’t care for sweet or spicy savoury food; there is a prefer-ence for fresh ingredients and subtle, pure flavours, and fish sauce is served less diluted.
Certain dishes are year-round sta-ples – for example, pho (the nation’s signature noodle dish served with chicken or beef), bun cha (noodles served with slivers and patties of charcoal-barbecued pork) or banh cuon (rice crepes filled with pork and woodear mushrooms). Other dishes are seasonal, perhaps, tied in with a festival, For example, banh chung (glutinous rice cake stuffed with mung bean and pork and wrapped in green banana leaf) is mostly served at Lunar New Year. During Mid-Autumn Festival (Tét Fung Thu), you will see mooncake, a sweet and savoury cake Filled with various items: bean paste, salted egg, or pre-served fruits and meats.

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