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Where to Find the Best Bún Noodle Dish in Hanoi

Where to Find the Best Bún Noodle Dish in Hanoi

Much of living in Hanoi has to do with eating and loving some of the noodle dishes that have emerged from this exciting part of the world. Naturally, pho bo (beef noodle soup) noodle dish is a popular choice. If you’ve ever tried one Vietnamese food, it’s most likely pho bo. Made with beef stock and rice noodles, the beef noodle dish is a must-try on the streets of Hanoi. But there’s much more to Hanoi’s diverse noodle scene than this familiar noodle dish.


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What’s the Betel Nut that Vietnamese are Chewing?

What’s the Betel Nut that Vietnamese are Chewing?

On my Hanoi food tours, we often walk by a respectful lady sitting by the foot of a giant iron wood tree on Hang Ma street. Her name is Van, 89 years old and she lives by herself. Chewing betel nut in her mouth all the time, she earns living by selling betel nuts and small fresh aroma like pomelo, jasmine and areca followers. A common question I have from my clients is; what’s that betel nut that she is chewing?


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Top 5 Pho Bo Restaurants in Hanoi

Top 5 Pho Bo Restaurants in Hanoi

On a recent survey conducted by the city of Hanoi, visitors were asked which Vietnamese dishes they had enjoyed the most, most responses were pho bo (beef noodle soup). That doesn’t surprise me, because pho bo is not only famous for its tenderness of the rice noodle, the texture characteristics of low fat thinly sliced beef and the sweetness of the stock attained from low simmering rich marrow bones overnight, but pho bo has also been a symbol of the Vietnamese cuisine.


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10 Tips to Maximize a Day in Hanoi

10 Tips to Maximize a Day in Hanoi

Most travelers to the capital of Vietnam with a booked package tour, but some only book flights and accommodations in advance while others prefer to go with the flow. It doesn’t matter which plan they have, my clients often ask me seriously how should they maximize their day in Hanoi, which I am very much happy to answer. If you happen to have the same kind of question in mind, here are my 10 tips to maximize a day in this exciting city.


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Food in Nha Trang Beach City

Food in Nha Trang Beach City

I flew from Hanoi to Nha Trang, Vietnam’s first beach city, for my business. As the country’s first beach city, Nha Trang has so many to offer to travelers, from long white sandy beach, clear waters for scuba diving to fabulous street food dishes with so many seafood options. Especially, seafood is offered in most dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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Street Food in Da Lat

Street Food in Da Lat

My wife and I traveled to Da Lat for last week, where we stayed in Da Lat Train Villa for 4 nights before heading to a resort on the beach of Mui Ne for other 3 nights. The weather wasn’t perfect all the time, but we were very pleased with all the food we got to try. Among the local flavors in Da Lat city, I would like to introduce 3 fabulous street foods to try; Banh Uot Long Ga, Banh Trang Nuong and Banh Can.


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45 Typical Hanoi Street Foods & Places to Eat

45 Typical Hanoi Street Foods & Places to Eat

Hanoi has been known internationally as a melting spot of the Vietnamese cuisine, foods are served on a moving cranky bicycle, on the edge of bustling streets full of motorbikes, on the narrow sidewalks appropriated by sea of plastic stools, in a memorable passageway a meter wide, right at someone’s doorstep or up a spiral staircase overlooking the frenetic passing traffic and a lake. If you love eating, it’s almost impossible not to love Hanoi street food.


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Eat Hanoi Street Food Like a Local

Eat Hanoi Street Food Like a Local

Hanoi is one of the best foodie destinations in Southeast Asia, the food is often dubbed the healthiest food in the region. Street food in Hanoi, in fact, so diverse and extraordinary that we decided to go through the streets with a local foodie guide to do exactly that. A street food tour in this charming city unveils not only the heathy Vietnamese food, but the daily life of the local residents in their hustle and bustle city.


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What is the Vietnamese Banh Cuon?

What is the Vietnamese Banh Cuon?

As Vietnam is one of the world-renowned foodie destinations in Southeast Asia, there are so many delicious dishes to try while you are visiting this beautiful country. Talking about Vietnamese food, you may have heard of Pho, Bun Cha or Banh Mi. Those are all good and must-try dishes in Vietnam, Banh Cuon is also on the list of authentic Vietnamese food that one should never forget to try.


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Vietnamese food and the famous Pho

Vietnamese food and the famous Pho

Known as the best heathy and tasty food in the region, true Vietnamese food has a very distinctive character. Instead of soya sauce, there is the universal use of nuoc mam - a very pungent fish sauce, though not all Vietnamese food tastes of fish. There are generous amounts of ingredients such as garlic, tiny minced fresh chili, lime, rice vinegar, basil and coriander being added to their fish sauce, which make the characters of the Vietnamese food.


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