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Hanoi among world’s 20 best places for food tours
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Hanoi among world’s 20 best places for food tours

The Saigon Times Daily

Banh cuon - PHOTOS: CHINHPHU.VN

HCMC - British newspaper The Guardian has picked Hanoi as one of the 20 best places in the world for foodie walking tours, according to the Government news website (chinhphu.vn).

“Once you love Vietnam, you’ll love its food forever, too. The food available in Hanoi's narrow alleys and tree-lined boulevards is just as much a part of the city as its lakes and old world architecture,” The Guardian said.

“Color and texture in Vietnamese food talks of Chinese, French, and American influence on the country’s cuisine, walks foodies through a wet market glistening with fish, and decodes the food offerings at temples while ambling through holy grounds.”

According to the newspaper, some must-try dishes in Hanoi are banh da ca (noodle soup served with fish) and banh cuon (minced pork and wood-ear mushrooms in rice crepes, sprinkled with fried shallots and dipped in fish sauce that balances salty, sweet, spicy and sour flavors).

The Guardian suggests that visitors to Hanoi should take coffee in a tiny cafe where the floor is littered with pumpkin seed shells, and tuck into heavenly soft and chewy black fermented sticky rice with frozen yoghurt (sua chua nep cam).

Tourists can also join food tours offered by local tour operators. One of the most favorite food tours in the city is the three-hour morning tour, which typically includes a street market walk with ongoing explanations of food practices, strange food items and some delicacies, a visit to ceremonial cake stalls, a special French dessert, the food sections of Hanoi's Dong Xuan Market, a street food alley for a noodle lunch, fruit stalls and coffee at an old quarter cafe.

Other Asian destinations in the list are Bangkok with young coconut ice-cream, Tokyo with fried octopus ball, and Vientiane with aromatic khao lam (sticky rice, coconut milk and taro stuffed in bamboo).

Banh da ca
Sua chua nep cam
Coffee is another specialty that The Guardian says tourists should try when they visit Hanoi

 

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