Instant Jealousy – Foods of Vietnam

Ahh Vietnamese cuisine. So good and so much I didn’t get to try. Cold region foods can seem so bland , lacking in spices , and rich , colorful tastes. Vietnamese cuisine is loaded with the tropical tastes : curries , lime , lemongrass , mint , basil , and that extra zing from fermented fish sauce.

Hanoi is a world-class destination for dining. It’s got it all. From fancy pants former colonial mansions turned gourmet restaurants to the Asian classic plastic blue chairs and coals on the street.

And home of the best Pho I’ve ever had in my life. A steal at a $1.50 a bowl in a hole-in-the-wall place with three things on the menu: Chicken Pho , Beef Pho , and Veggie Pho.

Yummy , let’s dive in!

Highly recommended places in Hanoi

Quan An Ngon

18 Phan Boi Chau Street.

A super bustling restaurant with outdoor seating under tarpaulin roofing. A guidebook hotspot but also popular with the locals , which is a good thing. The jumbo shrimp with lemon , and the fried frog legs are absolutely amazing.

Madame Hien

15 Chan Cam

Gorgeous setting in a former French colonial mansion. Pineapple duck alakazam! I spent $20 for two people with two beers but was going on the cheap side with veggie dishes. Still , compared to the $20 Bob Evans meal you’d get back in the States , it was amazing.

Now enjoy the photos!

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10 thoughts on “Instant Jealousy – Foods of Vietnam

    • Usually after a trip , I post all photos to facebook. Food photos are always the most liked and the most talked about. I figured I’d give it a go with wordpress. Voila! Glad you like em’ , making me hungry again too! Ohhhh give me those lemongrass pork ribs!!

    • I need to go back to Vietnam to eat more of the tasty foods I didn’t make it to! Pho is pure genius and at 30,000 Dong at that hole-in-the-wall place , the most economical as well.

    • Don’t worry it was actually the whole fish . In the photo you can only see the head poking out. The dish was great. Fresh fish right outta Halong Bay! (Haha I do like a good spicy fish head though)

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