Weekend markets in northern mountainous provinces are well known as an ethnic minority cultural tradition. Their culinary aspect deserves particular attention, as Ha Giang Province attests.
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..
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..
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 mornings.co.uk.
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..
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You might think it is not your cup of tea, but some Vietnamese dishes like chicken feet are finger-licking good. Russian tries his hand at eating chicken feet in Hanoi Russian tries his hand at eating chicken feet in Hanoi
A Saigon chef sets fire to the iconic pho (rice noodle soup) to give it added flavor. Preorder it, for only 10 bowls are sold a day.
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..
A woman who closed her restaurant and moved back to the sidewalk says customers are willing to wait for fresh steamed and boiled sentinel crabs brought from Nam Dinh. Crab vendor grabs a winning spot on Hanoi sidewalk Crab vendor grabs a winning spot on Hanoi sidewalk
One of the ways in which the central town of Hue has held on to its former imperial glory is its cuisine with some royal touches. Here are five appetizing nighttime treats for all visitors to Hue, particularly the thousands expected to participate or attend the VnExpress Marathon Imperial Hue 2022 on April 10.
The event coincides with the Hung Kings Commemoration Day, a national holiday.
Trang Tien banh mi
Locals will invariably recommend the Trang Tien banh mi as the one dish you just have to try at night in Hue. Near the Truong Tien (Trang Tien) Bridge over the iconic Huong (Perfume) River at the intersection of Le Loi and Hung Vuong Street, there are many popular banh mi stalls that serve what locals call the Trang Tien banh mi, a version of the baguette sandwich that has catapulted to international fame in recent years.
A banh mi stall near Truong Tien Bridge in Hue. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Tran
Visitors can choose from a wide range of stuffing including Vietnamese pork roll, o..