Look, I’ll be completely honest, 80% of the reason that I came to Vietnam was for the food. Fresh, flavoursome and light, Vietnamese food totally tantilises my tastebuds and may pretty well be my favourite cuisine (it’s neck and neck with Japan, fight fight fight!).
So high on my list for my time in Vietnam was a food tour. And Hanoi is famous for its street food and take on traditional dishes, so I was more than a little willing to book the parentals and I in for a night of tasting South East Asian delights.
We booked a night street food tour with Ha Food Tours, and were greeted at my parents hotel by the delightful Sam, who would be our guide for the evening.
With my own little street food list prepared upon my arrival in Ho Chi Minh, I had slowly been ticking items off when I came across, but some had been slippery little suckers and had eluded my stomach. Lucky for me, Sam came to my rescue.
To save my waffling on about each item, here is a list of everything we ate that night and where we ate it:
1. Bun bo hue : 62 Bat su – I ate this before I remembered to take a photo but imagine a spicy noodle broth with chunks of delicious beef. Probably my favourite dish of the night…explains the lack of photos!
2. Banh cuon: 14 Hang ga
3/4. Nom bo kho (beef salad) & Dumplings: Ho hoan kiem str
5. Kem xoi (green sticky rice and ice cream)
6/7. Nem lui (grill pork served in lemongrass) and fried sweet potatoes: 74 Nguyen Huu Huan – this restaurant specialises in food from the Hue region, so if you’re not heading that way, make sure you pop in here.
8. Coconut Coffee
As with the Old Town walking tour, this evening provided the chance to venture into parts of Hanoi we hadn’t considered and try things we had no idea even existed.