Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Street food, Hanoi

Most unfortunately, we didnt have much time to explore street food in Hanoi as we went for trips and didnt really have much time to sample local street food. Just a few stuff we ate there..

We were walking down the streets at Old Quarter.
It has been drizzling the whole morning and we were cold and rather miserable.The mouth watering smell wafted through. We looked around and saw a petite old lady making some omelette. We ordered one immediately. She cracked some eggs and mixed with some chopped local veg and fried it immediately on her makeshift stove-basket. We waited patiently..and we were rewarded with a very scrumptious omelette. It was very fragrant, cooked to the right texture and dip in the lime+fish sauce, it's just great :) But one of our faves in Vietnam would be Bun Thit Nuong, directly translated as noodle+meat+grill.It's dry rice noodles served with grilled pork patties, grilled pork and fried spring rolls. The meat patties tasted wonderful, somewhat like a mix of mince char siew and bak kwa. We love it to bits! The fried spring rolls, though yummy, was not as good as the patties..
How we eat this? Mix some rice noodles, meat patties, spring rolls and fresh veg together and makan! Dont drink the soup/ sauce though. It's salty if taken on it's own..It's just to complement the noodles. Wonderful stuff, please please try this when you are in Vietnam..This was one of the stalls we had Bun Thit Nuong. Which serves one of the yummiest meat patties..
We had the vietnamese chee cheong fun..
The rice sheets are cooked fresh, when we ordered..and these smooth sheets are filled with mince meat and sliced wood/ear fungus. Served with a some fried shallots and dried shrimps.Dip in their sweetish salty mildly spicy fish sauce for the perfect simple breakfast..Nice.

We also had lotsa fresh bagettes with pate and eggs..To date, am still wondering why I didnt take a single picture of it. Oh btw, it's near impossible to find a bagette stall in Hanoi while its ubiquitous in Saigon..

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Blogger Rasa Malaysia said...

I like Viet food, but I also don't like it that they all taste the same, all fish sauce taste...but I still have a lot of Vietnamese food here in the US.

15 November, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

RM: haha.i get what you mean :). guess the fish sauce is like the ubiquituos soy sauce we have here in Msia

15 November, 2007  
Blogger tut said...

most of the dishes here (vietnam) are served with fish sauce, although they do come in different varieties. for the braves, their local shrimp paste (purplish colour) also tastes good - but only with certain dishes. then there's an all time favourite, salt+lemon+pepper(+chillies) for seafood and even fruits! :P

16 November, 2007  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

yumm..local street food..escaped with out any harm??

the true way to taste the country..haha (mind the lame pun)

16 November, 2007  
Blogger MeiyeN said...

wow.... didn't know that a good omelette can be cooked this way too!

16 November, 2007  
Blogger Imbi & Itchy said...

i love viet food, but not sure if i can tahan squarting down and eat like that or not. cannot digest lah :-p

16 November, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

joe: yes, no harm at all! was there 9 days and was ok all the way :)

meiyen: haha..quite cute hor?

imbi & itchy: most of the stalls have small stools la..erm, you can choose to stand too ;)

16 November, 2007  
Blogger wmw said...

That's the advantage of moving around on your own, being able to try such food...the earlier encounter with the accomodation on the other hand... ;o)

17 November, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

wmw: yup..we can stop and eat anytime! hehe.. gosh dont remind me of the bad hotel! ;p

17 November, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

tut: haha..missed u out! thanks for reminding me of the shrimp paste..which, although's very yummy! but guess it's served with selective dishes...

17 November, 2007  
Anonymous mama bok said...

I need some meat patties please. ;)

21 November, 2007  
Blogger sc said...

mamabok: am sure you'll love it :)

22 November, 2007  

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