Defining Street Food

In the early 1920s, food connoisseur and writer Thach Lam penned the following words about street food in Hanoi: “There is no time in a day that one can’t find street food. Each hour is a different one; eating street food is an art: one has to eat at that right hour and buy it from that right man — that’s a connoisseur.”

Chao Trai

November is when Hanoi says goodbye to autumn and welcomes winter. The pleasant mild and cool weather is said to tempt people to eat — just thinking of hot rice porridge or steaming rice dumplings warms you up while riding back from work. Not surprisingly, at this time of year, mid-afternoon snacks are popular with Hanoians.

Tet Decor Cafe

“The Healing Power is really good. It’s got lots of ginger for the season,” Pete Wilkes says.

Ca Ri Ga

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Cari Deli

In 2000 a friend took me to my first Vietnamese curry joint. A corner restaurant on Dien Bien Phu, the non-spicy, coconut curry dish was served up with bun noodles.


You can probably imagine my horror when this month my editor told me that we were going German.

Café Bet

No other coffee shops could spark such enthusiasm like Café Bet, a group of undefined small coffee stalls in the park on Han Thuyen in District 1. My workmates shrieked with excitement when I asked, “Is Bet still going?” Just a few minutes later, passionate conversations sparked up about best spots to sit — or even more controversial topics, like what to do when the authorities visit.

House of Salvation - Indonesian Food

Before anything else, Van Anh — owner of Ho Chi Minh City's only Indonesian restaurant, House of Salvation — is a musician. She is a multi-talented instrumentalist who has played since she was five years old, and has travelled the world entertaining music lovers.

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