|Larva... For reals!|
|Fried Street Food... I stay away from this lady because her food is awesome!|
Dumplings, shrimp cakes... all deep fried and dangerous! Cost: 31 cents each
|Plates are heaped with fresh veggies and small cuts of tasty meats.|
Our orders at this sit-down restaurant costs less than $2 each.
Our visit to Hanoi has magnified those memories.
We're not seriously radical when it comes to trying new things if they wiggle, squiggle or burst with body fluids when you sink your teeth into them. We passed at the snake hearts... still beating. But, food is fresh here... fresher than I can describe with words.
|The fish in the silver bowl are still wriggling... and the frogs|
are banded together so they can't escape.
|Pho, a Vietnamese tasty beef soup served with fresh basil or peppermint leaves.|
Cost is less than $2 in a sit-down restaurant with A/C. Beer costs $1.
|Live chickens - but not for long.|
|The crab is costly - we passed it up when we were quoted $15 for one.|
|My favorite is Bun Bo Nam Bo. Rice noodles and beef in a thin vinegar sauce with |
fresh green veggies, herbs, roasted peanuts and fried onions. $2 and I'm full.
|Vietnamese burrito...meat, noodles and fresh veg are wrapped tightly in thin, dry rice papers. Dip the mini burrito in a homemade peanut satay-type sauce loaded with sesame seeds.|
O-M-G!!! Yep... $2 and my tummy is full and taste buds are dancing.
|Clay pot of tender-as-my-heart pork in a savory broth. Served over rice it's very filling. |
Fermented root veggies add color and sharp flavor to offset the meat.
This is Carolyne's favorite... $2.
Ordering drinks in restaurants is where the bill starts to add up. Beers run $1-$2, as do cokes and bottled waters. With three of us eating meals out at least twice a day (and running to the mini marts for drinks, snacks, etc...) it does add up. We've started making coffee in the hotel room to cut down on spending.
|Not hard to find delicious duck in Hanoi.|
|Eel... we tried it. We lived to tell our tale. It's not our favorite.|
|Eating on the street is favorable, too. Tiny stools crowd the sidewalk and|
you can order right off the electric stove or charcoal stoves. Those fried
shrimp dumplings are 75 cents each... and they are SO good!
|We found the Vietnamese hide-away food heaven!|
|So many national dishes!|
|My Vietnamese stinks , but our cook understands what we want. Jim's|
hooked on her Banh Xeo and sausages. We eat full meals here for all
three of us for less than $4... total!