Like many expats before her, staff writer Jesse Meadows stopped in Hanoi on a backpacking trip in early 2015 and just hasn’t managed to leave yet. A compulsive documentarian with a case of incessant curiosity, she loves buying one-way tickets, photographing dance parties and writing stories on the bus.
It’s winter and you’re in search of some sugar, something sweet to give you some energy. What could be better than banh troi tau? Words by Jesse Meadows. Photos by Vu Bao Khanh
Judging by their internet presence, you’d think Salmonoid was the work of an established restaurateur, with years of experience crafting culinary brands. “Homing like a salmon,” says their website; a motto with a more literal interpretation than I’d expected. Because it’s not some flashy commercial enterprise after all, but rather, a family passion project.
Known for its fabric market, Ninh Hiep also has a long tradition of weaving and medicinal herbs. Jesse Meadows makes the 20km trip out to this small village in Gia Lam
Fancy learning to pole dance, anyone?
A former French-built hillstation, the villas of Ba Vi have long-since been consumed by the jungle. Jesse Meadows goes in search of one of the area’s best-known landmarks — the church