Don’t worry, this isn’t all I ate! I stuffed in quite a bit more during my brief stay in Hanoi, yet I discovered that photographing food in Vietnam can be a little more challenging than other places.
Sitting on 6 inch stools on the roadside, balancing drinks and dishes on tiny or nonexistent tables, extremely uneven light coming from makeshift roofing, people shoving, and a slight concern of being hit by motorbikes all add to the exciting challenge! Here are a few things I ate while in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Pho Ga – Vietnamese rice noodle soup with chicken
Pho Bo – Beef noodle soup
Pho Xao Bo – Rice noodles fried with beef and vegetables
Xa Lach Tron Dao Dam – Vietnamese beef and lettuce salad
Banh Goi – Vietnamese empanada dumplings (left), Nem Cua Be – Vietnamese fried crab spring rolls (right)
Nom Chim Quay – Pigeon and papaya salad
Nom Bo Kho – Beef and papaya salad
Rice and buffet
Goi Cuon – Vietnamese fresh summer rolls
Banh My Doner Kebab – Baguette stuffed with kebab meat and vegetables
Bun Cha – Barbecue meat soup, rice noodles, and herbs
Mien Xao Luon – Stir fried cassava noodles with fried eels
Xoi Ga / Xoi Thit Kho Tau – Sticky rice with chicken and with glazed pork
Xoi Xeo Ga – Sticky rice, corn, bean paste, chicken, fried onions, sauce!
I have to give my vote to Hanoi’s Bun Cha with Xoi Xeo coming in next!
I know I missed a few of Hanoi’s dishes, if only I had had a bit more time…