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Fine Dining Restaurants in Hanoi

Fine Dining Restaurants in Hanoi

I don't try to include all fine dining restaurants in the city center on this list, in stead you will find a concise and helpful list of 6 nice settings and great foods in the town. If you are looking for a great French fusion Vietnamese restaurant, or a fine dinning Vietnamese food, this is where you should definitely have a look.


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Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad

Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad

Locating on Ho Hoan Kiem street, north of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Dried Beef with Green Papaya Salad outlet makes the Hanoi’s shortest street always crowded with locals and tourists. Groups of young students and families seem comfortably sit on plastic stools on sidewalks, and enjoy a fresh salad on small plastic plates. The dish must be so good that they don’t mind motorbikes and cars passing by their tables.


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What is the Famous Vietnamese Bun Cha Dish?

What is the Famous Vietnamese Bun Cha Dish?

Bun Cha is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and rice noodle, which is thought to have originated from Hanoi. Bun Cha comprises of two main simple parts, Bun (white rice noodles) and Cha (grilled fatty pork and meatballs). The dish is always served with dipping sauce, which is made of mixed fish sauce, pickled carrot and green papaya. It is also come with a side dish of herbs, and Nem Cua Be (crab spring rolls).


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What is the Vietnamese Chung Cake?

What is the Vietnamese Chung Cake?

Banh Chung, or Chung Cake, is a traditional Vietnamese steamed sticky rice cake, which is made of glutinous rice, mung beans, pork, and other ingredients. Chung Cake is considered an essential element of the family altar on the occasion of Tet (Vietnamese’s New Year), the making and eating of Chung Cake during Tet is a well-preserved tradition of Vietnamese people. For every Vietnamese, making Banh Chung is the ideal way to express their gratitude to their ancestors.


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Is Vietnamese Food Really Healthy?

Is Vietnamese Food Really Healthy?

One of the must-dos while traveling in Vietnam is to sample Vietnamese food. It is so well known as one of the most important factors for Vietnam travel. Vietnamese food is exceptionally delicious and it is often recognized as one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide. To confirm this is a true statement I've spoken to some in-the-known Vietnamese chefs and here is the result.


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Vietnamese Fish Sauce Nuoc Mam

Vietnamese Fish Sauce Nuoc Mam

Vietnamese fish sauce "nuoc mam" is believed to be the essence of Vietnam food culture. The taste is so good and the smell is so strong you'll never forget. Nuoc mam is believed to be the perfume of Vietnamese cooking tradition.


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Hanoi’s Weird Food The Untold Stories

Hanoi’s Weird Food The Untold Stories

Food is good and honestly who doesn't love food? But there are dishes in Vietnam that could go beyond your imagination. Have you ever thought of swallowing the weirdest food in the world? These Hanoi's weird food could be a good tool to test your guts. Have some balls?


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Our Travel & Food Blogger: Buffalo Joe

Our Travel & Food Blogger: Buffalo Joe

I’m 35 years old, and I came from a rice farming village, 40 miles to the south of Hanoi. I was born when my Mum with riding on the buffalo! She was pregnant with me for 8 months, and riding the buffalo to get to a temple when my village was flooded after a big typhoon. And when we were enjoying the ride, I just crawled out of my mum, right on the back of the buffalo, and shocked everyone in the family. So, Buffalo is really how my family call me at home.


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How To Make Vietnamese Coffee At Home

How To Make Vietnamese Coffee At Home

Vietnam is the second largest coffee exporting country in the world. Many tourists and expats find the unique taste and the huge availability of coffee in all cities of Vietnam. Large amount of Vietnamese people like the atmosphere of having their cups on the street side café watching life passing by. But some prefer to have it at home since the first thing in the morning they need to do is to have a cup of coffee.


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