Don’t be squeamish, it’s delish: ragworm omelet in chilly Hanoi

In late autumn and early winter, when the weather gets chilly, one dish that Hanoians look forward to is 'cha ruoi' (ragworm omelet). The seasonal dish is made with eggs and ragworms or palolo worms, a kind of seaworm typically harvested between late autumn and early winter in northern localities. The worms are normally found in brackish waters in the northern coastal provinces of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh, as well as in Hai Phong City.
The ragworms are put in hot water to remove their tentacles and then mixed with minced pork, tangerine peel, herbs and eggs. This is fried to a crisp.
Among the eateries favored for this dish in Hanoi, these three stand out.
Hung Thinh Restaurant
Hung Thinh in Hoan Kiem District’s Hang Buom Ward is one of the oldest cha ruoi restaurants in Hanoi, having served the delicacy for three decades.
Hung Thinh Restaurant in Hanoi's Old Quarter has served cha ruoi dish for over 30 years. Photo by VnExpress/Khanh Tran
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Today’s special: Google doodles Vietnam’s pho in 17 countries

The image of a bowl of Vietnam's iconic rice noodle soup with ingredients served alongside has appeared on Google's homepage in 17 countries, marking the “Day of Pho.” With Vietnam designating December 12 as the “Day of Pho” to celebrate its national dish – an aromatic soup brimming with savory broth, soft rice noodles, fresh herbs, and thinly sliced meat, normally beef or chicken, Google Doodle has presented an illustration of the noodle soup not just in Vietnam but 16 other countries: the Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S.
“What makes pho distinct is a mindful cooking process to achieve multi-layered flavors and a clear broth. From ingredients like roasted ginger, fennel seed, star anise, and cinnamon for the simmered stock, the broth serves as the foundation for aromas and tastes for every palate,” the Google description says.
A Hanoi-based artist wh..

Vietnamese pho breaks into global list of 20 best soups

A bow of pho bo (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) is served at a restaurant in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Phuong Anh CNN has included pho bo (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) in its list of 20 best soups in the world along with China’s Lanzhou equivalent and Thailand’s Tom yum goong. “Broth is simmered for hours with cinnamon, star anise and other warm spices to create a wonderfully aromatic base for this rice noodle soup,” American news channel CNN said of pho.
CNN said by 1930, the soup was served with slices of raw beef cooked gently in the broth and today pho bo remains the most beloved version in Vietnam, with options that include the original raw beef, a mix of raw and cooked beef, brisket and tendon.
Pho is made and served across the country though it originated in Hanoi and was taken to the south, where people added their own touches. The noodle soup has been getting rave reviews from global travel magazines for decades.
A bowl of pho bo in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi cost from VND30,0..

Hanoi among world’s 25 best destinations for food lovers

Cha ca, fried catfish dish, is served in a pan at a restaurant on La Vong Street in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Trang Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Trang Hanoi placed 22nd on a list of 25 best tourist destinations for food enthusiasts as voted by Tripadvisor readers. The capital city was one of four Asian representatives to break into the list along with Bangkok (9th), Singapore (10th) and Hong Kong (10th) in Tripadvisor's 2022 Travelers’ Choice Awards. The list is based on the quality and volume of reviews received from Nov. 1, 2020 to Oct. 31, 2021.
The aim was “to select destinations that consistently deliver the best overall experience for travelers,” Tripadvisor stated.
The city offers some of the most popular Vietnamese dishes like the iconic, fragrant rice noodle soup, pho, the banh mi, a baguette usually filled with grilled pork, meatballs or cold cuts, cucumber, cilantro, pickled carrots, liver pate and a swipe of mayonnaise, or com tam, broken rice with grilled pork, pig..

Hanoi hotel offers one of best breakfasts in Asia-Oceania

A restaurant inside Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi. Photo courtesy of the hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi ranked fourth on the list of 10 hotels serving the best breakfasts in the Asia-Oceania region based on Tripadvisor reviews. The five-star hotel in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem District earned 2,625 positive reviews on U.S. travel site Tripadvisor, ranking behind Malaysia’s Traders Hotel (4,237), Pan Pacific Singapore (3,453) and Thailand’s Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok (4,086), according to the new ranking released by British research company
The ranking was based on analyzing what spots had the largest number of positive Tripadvisor reviews where breakfasts were deemed to either the best, excellent, or great.
In the global ranking, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London was ranked serving the world’s best hotel breakfast with 5,363 and Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, 11th.
Founded in 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is one of the few capital hotels featuri..

How would you like your coffee? With a landmark on top

A Hanoi café serves egg coffee topped with a drawing of a Hanoi monument of choice – Turtle Tower, Temple of Literature, etc. And it’s proving to be a top draw. How would you like your coffee? With a landmark on top How would you like your coffee? With a landmark on top

Explore Nha Trang cuisine for $20

Popular culinary addresses in the central beach town Nha Trang come with affordable prices. The whole package costs around VND500,000 ($21.87) and can be tried in one day. Mini pancakes
Tourists can start a new day with mini pancakes (banh can), a southern Vietnamese specialty consisting of crunchy small rice pancakes made with quail eggs, fresh and dry pork, and finally, seafood – usually shrimp or squid.
According to seasoned travelers, the shops at No. 151 Hoang Van Thu Street or No.51 To Hien Thanh Street are the two most popular addresses to try the dish.
A plate of 'banh can' is served with mango strips and fried shallots. Photo by VnExpress/Huynh Nhi
The cakes are cooked in a small clay pan on glowing charcoal. They are usually sold by pair due to their humble size.
Banh can is served with an essential fish sauce, lemon juice, chili and garlic dip. Some spots also serve herbs, pork balls and green mango as sides.
A portion with all ingredients costs VND60,000 ($2.6..