Southeast Asia's premier sports event SEA Games is being held in Hanoi and some northern provinces. For visiting athletes, fans and others here’s a primer to eat like a local gourmet.
Cups of ca phe sua da and iced tea at a café in Saigon. Photo by VnExpress/Di Vy Canadian magazine The Travel has listed Vietnam among 10 countries with a unique coffee culture in which iced coffee with condensed milk and egg coffee are the best options. “In Vietnam, coffee isn't just a drink to start the day; it's something people enjoy morning, noon, and even night,” it said.
It advised travelers to try the ca phe sua da, a ground dark roast Vietnamese-grown coffee often served with ice with condensed milk that can be found on most sidewalk coffee stalls.
A cup of ca phe sua da costs VND10,000-15,000 ($0.44-0.66).
Another unique variety is egg coffee, a Hanoi specialty.
It starts with a layer of condensed milk at the bottom over which is poured strong black coffee. A whisked egg yolk is placed on top.
It was invented in the 1940s when there was a scarcity of milk in the city, prompting a bartender to use a replacement. The alternative, whisked egg yolk, turned the coffee i..
Whenever Taiwanese cuisine is mentioned in Vietnam, the first term that pops up is tra sua or milk tea. There’s much more to it, of course.
Nguyen Ngoc Thien was named the winner of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year award for Southeast Asia for a shot of anchovy fishermen in Phu Yen. His photo shows fishermen in the process of pulling out green nets they had cast to catch a specialty of Vietnam's central coast, which is used to produce the quintessential Vietnamese condiment, fish sauce or nuoc mam, the U.K. contest announced on its website.
The photo was taken off Yen Islet where a large number of boats go to fish.
Nguyen Ngoc Thien's photo taken on Hon Yen Islet off Phu Yen coast shows fishermen in the process of pulling out green nets they had cast to catch anchovy.
“The soft light of a new day illuminates the smoke from the fishing boat engine and the shape of green nets moving underneath the water surface when local fishermen pull in their nets,” the website said.
The contest received thousands of entries in 23 categories from more than 60 countries and territories.
The overall winner was Indian..
In Da Nang, locals will tell you that Con Market is the best place to try signature dishes of the central region that is authentic, tasty and cheap.
A staff of a restaurant on Trieu Viet Vuong Street in Da Lat lands on a wooden platform after using a long zipline to deliver the grilled chicken to diners. Photo by VnExpress/Tra My Grilled chicken standing upright fly to the table via a zipline in a spacious Da Lat restaurant. Videos of this service have gone viral, garnering publicity for the new eatery. The restaurant, which opened last month on Trieu Viet Vuong Street in the Central Highlands resort town, covers an area of 2,000 square meters and is capable of serving 600 people at a time, both indoors and outdoors.
For patrons sitting outside, the food, especially grilled chicken, is delivered via a 45-meter-long zipline which has a maximum height of 4.5 meters and a wooden platform for staff to land safely.
Tra My, a local resident, visited the restaurant on April 20 and saw the zipline being used to deliver “flying chickens” to diners. She watched the performance twice and found it very interesting.
“In Da Lat, there are many..
A bowl of beef noodle soup served at a stall in Hue in central Vietnam. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Tran The Japanese city of Saijo served school students Hue-style beef noodle soup for lunch this week as part of efforts to deepen their understanding of Vietnam. Bun bo Hue appeared on the menu at 35 elementary and junior high schools in the city in Ehime prefecture on April 26, Japanese newspaper NHK reported.
City mayor Toshihisa Tamai visited an elementary school on Tuesday and spoke to the students about Hue, which established friendly relations with Saito in 2018.
Around 500 children at the school chose the Vietnamese dish for lunch, Yahoo News reported.
“I find this dish very tasty though a bit spicy,” a girl told an interviewer after the meal.
Bun bo Hue is a specialty of Hue, a former citadel in central Vietnam, where it was invented. The broth requires both pig and beef bones to be boiled with a generous dose of lemongrass, sugar, annatto, and shrimp paste. Vendors then add variou..
Ngu Xa Street, famous for restaurants selling pho rolls, is busy on April 13, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Van Hieu Authorities in Hanoi plan to launch its second food zone in Ba Dinh District in the fourth quarter of this year to boost its night-time economy. Ba Dinh District People's Committee stated the entire Dao Ngoc-Ngu Xa area covering seven streets in Truc Bach Ward would be closed off from 7 p.m. to midnight to serve as a food zone every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
In the long run, the district will consider opening the food zone every day and banning vehicles from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Covering 4.5 hectares, Dao Ngoc-Ngu Xa area, or Truc Bach peninsula, is on Truc Bach Lake where late U.S. Senator John McCain was shot down and taken prisoner during the Vietnam War.
People from the peninsula to the surrounding areas have to travel through two small bridges at Tran Vu and Ngu Xa streets.
The Truc Bach Lake area, with its charming old-style houses in small alleys, is also home to..
A street side eatery in Hanoi’s Old Quarter serves a seasonal special: crunchy red jellyfish. Hanoi in the red jellyfish season Hanoi in the red jellyfish season
A grilled and fried preparation of quail eggs in porcelain plates has become a hugely popular dish in HCMC. Foodies can try three places that offer it in different variations. The dish, chen trung nuong, which originated in central Vietnam, can be had for as little as $0.31 a serving in the city, with the cost rising depending on toppings and on the establishment that chooses to cash in on its popularity.
To make this dish, quail eggs are broken and placed in a porcelain plate coated with butter and then, grilled and fried on a hot coal stove. A range of toppings are added, including sliced green onions, pork floss and sausages.
Of late, more toppings have sprung up, including seafood and cheese.
The first of the three suggested places to try this dish is the food court inside Ho Thi Ky Flower Market in District 10.
A portion of the fried and grilled quail eggs at this place starts at VND12,000 ($0.53).
Bowls of quail eggs added with toppings are grilled on a burning charcoal stove a..