We didn’t have a lot of time in Hanoi but here are some snapshots of what we saw.
Beer and alcohol as offerings to the gods. These are the kinds of gods I can get behind.
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. He’s been floating inside there since 1969 to be forever preserved for all those to revere him.
I paid a buck for this blurry photo. Enterprising sidewalk barbers, man.
Thit cho (dog meat, the “c” is rubbed off). Roasted dog stand on the side of the street. In most countries, dog is found in back alley restaurants but in Hanoi, it was all too easy to come across. There were mounds of designer knockoff items here but no cute LV doggy outfits, and no romping doggies. 😦
Quan An Ngon Restaurant. If you don’t have enough time to hit up all the food stalls around Hanoi, stop by Quan An Ngon in the French Quarter. It’s an old villa packed with a variety of food stalls you can order from and have a nice sit down drool-worthy meal.
Green mango and fresh squid, shrimp pasty salad with shrimp crackers. Simple, refreshing, incredibly satisfying. The perfect way to start a meal.
Banh cuon. Rice rolls filled with minced pork and woodear mushroom. I could eat these for breakfast every morning with a side of pho.
Sticky icky spicy pork ribs. If there were a country in Southeast Asia I’d pick to live in based on cuisine, it might have to be Vietnam.
Quan An Ngon
18 Phan Boi Chau
French Quarter, Hanoi