We exchanged US$100 to Vietnamese Dong and got 2.2 million, apparently, we’re millionaires in Vietnam. Me and my buddy planned to spend it all on food during our three-day stay in Hanoi, but food prices in the second largest city of Vietnam are so reasonable that we only spent a fifth of our total budget and still got real good street food.
|Vietnamese French bread at 10,000 VND each|
We had 46 hours in Hanoi and half of the time it was raining. Beer and food trippin’ became our thing once our Halong Bay tour was cancelled. It was actually a blessing in disguise as we are not just travel buddies but also foodies, especially on good local food finds.
|Bun cha (grilled pork)|
We had bun thang (hot noodle soup) for 30,000 VND and bought banh bao nhan thit-trung muoi (steamed wheat flour cake with salted egg and meat) on a nearby stall for 14,000 VND. The sad thing here is that I don’t eat mushrooms, and upon realizing that the noodles was filled with it, I let my buddy finished it. According to him, it was tasty and fresh. The meat bun wasn’t that exciting as it lacked the kick I was looking for.
Cong Caphe had this laidback rustic feel to it with rugged chairs and tables. We settled on the outside area and checked the menu and had Saigon Beer and Hanoi Beer (35,000 VND each). It’s quite pricey as some establishments would sell it at 15,000 VND but the cool vibe made us stay there until we finished two bottles each.
|Cong Caphe along Trang Tien|
|35,000 VND each (a bit steep)|
|Com Ga Food Corner along Nguyen Huu Huan|
|Nui xao cai bo (macaroni with beef and vegetable) - 30,000 VND|
|Com ga nuong BBQ (fried rice with BBQ chicken) - 35,000 VND|
|Fried spring rolls with rice - 50,000 VND|
I was about to grab a regular hot coffee when I saw this quirky offering, coffee with egg. I know it sounds weird but I had to try it.
My buddy had nau da (iced coffee with milk) for 20,000 VND and I got café trung (coffee with egg) for 25,000 VND. My buddy’s choice was great as he loved iced coffee with milk but he found it too strong as compared with kopi ais of Malaysia. I love black coffee so I loved it. The coffee with egg was trivial. The thick froth that formed from the beaten egg white looked like cappuccino. I was the first to try it and I was too excited.
|Nau da (iced coffee with milk) - 20,000 VND|
Cafe trung (coffee with egg) - 25,000 VND
|Coffee with egg tasted like mocha cake :)|
On our last meal in Hanoi, we had beef fried noodles for 60,000 VND and spring rolls for 50,000 VND at Gao De along Ta Hien. The prices are bit steep compared to some eateries but nothing was remarkable.
|Banh mi - 25,000 VND|
|Beer in Hanoi is relatively cheap!|
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