I had my first Vietnamese vegetarian/vegan meal two years ago in Hue and I decided to start this new year with a pho chay. I found this pho place on the great gas.tron.o.my food blog and I am very thankful.
Street food in Vietnam is pretty much everywhere since every inches of empty sidewalk is an excuse for delicious food. I have often seen these ladies making cookies on a portable charcoal stove and I finally tried it.
In my mind Quan Thuy 94 Cu is just crab 94, a number that will forever resonate with one of the best meal I had in Vietnam. It was so good, I actually went twice just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming the first time.
We started our day at Cho Binh Tay market right in the heart of the chinatown. The Cho Binh Tay market is not as touristy as the Ben Thanh market in the center. It’s really worth a visit if you want to see a real market without being yelled at every 2 seconds.
In Vietnamese, cha ca means fried fish. So when I ended up at a place in Hanoi called Cha Ca on Cha Ca street, it felt just right. Yep, a fish restaurant on a fish street, it’s hard to get it wrong.
Once again, Anthony Bourdain has led me to a great meal. After watching his show about Vietnam, I knew I had to try Banh Xeo 46 A and I was not disappointed. I walked to the restaurant from my hotel and when a special tourist police offered me his help, he pointed me in the right direction with a big thumb up, nothing like a local seal of approval!
Hanoi is solidly ensconced in its colonial heritage, the streets are lined with great architecture, food and an a certain “je ne sais quoi“. It’s Vietnam, but staying at the hotel Metropole where you are greeted by a loud bonjour, you might believe you just landed in some weird French entity.
I drank my first Vietnamese coffee at café Lam when I arrived in Hanoi. The coffee shop is located on the outer edge of the old town and when we got there, the customers were spilling out on the sidewalk. I grabbed two small plastic stools and sat between two parked scooters.