Baby Duck Egg

It is a duck egg that has been fertilized and allowed to age somewhere between 18 and 21 days—just long enough for the yolk to develop into an embryo resembling a primordial creature with beak, eyes, body and feathers. The eggs are boiled for 20 minutes and served in the shell with a little salt, …

Hanoi Old Quarter

As the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, Hanoi’s Old Quarters has a history that spans 2,000 years and represents the eternal soul of the city. Although the old section of Hanoi is often called the “36 Old streets”, there are more than 36 actual streets. Some researchers believe that the number of 36 came …

Hanoi Deep Fried Spring Rolls

Vietnamese do not eat fried spring rolls with rice everyday. In fact it is a preferred food on special occasions such as Tet and other family festivities. Spring rolls not always go along with rice but also seen with round noodle in the mouth-watering bún nem dish. Ingredients used for the fried spring roll are …

Bun dau mam tom – Special food in Vietnam

The famous noodle that not every foreigner would have a bravery to try because the smell of the shrimp sauce. But we Vietnamese love it since behind the smell (which is unavoidable) the taste is pretty sweet and the combination of rice noodle, soya cheese and shrimp sauce brings joy to your mouth. The name …

What is a Fine Dining restaurant?

If you’re thinking about opening, re-branding, or expanding a restaurant you probably already know what type of food you want to serve. But, have you thought about what kind of restaurant you want to run? The idea of a fine dining restaurant with great chachet may appeal to you but do you know what it …

How to use chopsticks in Vietnamese style

Using chopsticks to eat is a long tradition in Vietnam and other Asian countries like China, Korea, and Japan. I’ve had many foreign friends and clients having meals with me. And when it comes to using chopsticks for the first time to eat Vietnamese food it always brings us some good laugh, just like when …

Three of Hanoi’s top “bún” dishes

In Vietnamese, “bún” refers to rice vermicelli. It’s basically Asian spaghetti. It’s slurpable and versatile, with endless combinations that make it taste new every time. You can eat bun with fish sauce or tomato broth, snails or grilled meats, wrapped in a spring roll, or woven into mini-bún blankets of joy in the form of banh …

5 Must-Visit Attractions in Hanoi

Hanoi, the beautiful cultural capital of Vietnam, has many things to see and do. A few days in the city doesn’t do justice, but luckily, most attractions are located within walking distance of one another. You can easily map out an itinerary for yourself and enjoy a day of wandering around, taking in the contrasting …

5 best romantic restaurants in Hanoi

Hanoi’s top romantic restaurants specially cater to couples looking to enjoy an unforgettable night out in Vietnam’s capital. Boasting picturesque surroundings, delectable cuisine, and quality wines from reputable vineyards across the world, many of these luxurious dining venues are located close to the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, where you and your beloved can enjoy a …

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