Hanoi – a food city

3 04 2016

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Hanoi is, needless to say, a great food city. On this trip we ate delicious pho from roadside stalls where customers squatted on tiny plastic chairs and spat sunflower seeds on to the ground, and tried snail, tomato and banana soup pressed into a crowded alley.

Elsewhere people were making beansprout and shrimp omelettes in pavement woks, and pushy sellers assailed us with fried, sugar-coated donuts once or twice every day.

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But surprisingly, Hanoi does upmarket dining well too, with nice French and Vietnamese places in old colonial villas. We enjoyed a feast of duck with starfruit, banana leaf salad and smoked fish at Chim Sao, a renovated colonial Chinese clan house in the French quarter, for the princely sum of 70 HKD each, and drank strong Vietnamese coffee at the elegant Cafe Runam.

There was even a hopping pizza joint called “4P” (!)  housed in a semi-industrial warehouse with a stand of lush tropical greenery erupting in  the middle of it.

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