|Saint Joseph's Cathedral, French Quarter, Hanoi|
|There are little hidden temples all throughout the Old Quarter of Hanoi |
- much fun to discover and respectfully stumble in
|Ca phe nau nong - hot milk coffee|
We somehow managed an order through the giggling shop girls, and landed ourselves with two cups of hot black coffee, and instructed to stir the condensed milk that gathered at the bottom of the cup. It was strong, warming and sweetly creamy - a sugar hit and caffeine hit in one.
|Scooter traffic is insane - though not really deadly|
|Scooters, bikes, cars, people everywhere|
|No rules - just beep|
|Building containing Legends Beer|
|Memorable Hanoi traffic|
I suppose it wouldn’t be that hard to have a salad or noodle dish adjusted to be meat-free (probably not soup/stock though), but a couple of pescatarians I’d spoken to had trouble finding pure vegetarian food. One was even offered chicken when she enquired about “no meat” dishes.
|Huc Bridge in Hoan Kiem Lake|
Looking at the menu and around, it seemed most dishes had a westernised approach. But at least there was vegetarian food, including the curious faux meat kind of gluten.
|Mango juice and lemon juice drinks at Green Gecko Restaurant, Ma May Street,|
Old Quarter, Hanoi
|Sweet and sour gluten|
|Fruit stall at the night markets|
|Trishaw rides - remember to bargain|
|Seafood on display|
|Cooked crab legs|
We only later noticed that locals were given Vietnamese menus with about three times the amount of dishes available. Oh well.
|Live prawns in a tank|
|Bia Saigon at the seafood restaurant|
|Cooking the crab|
|Cua ghe - crab in tamarind sauce|
|Muc nuong - grilled squid|
|Mi xao - fried noodles with seafood and vegetables|
|Tom nuong - grilled shrimp|
With crabs and prawns, it was certainly a messy meal – and a relatively pricey one by local standards. But, nervously ready to head back to Noi Bai International, it was the best possible goodbye we could have had to Hanoi, its fabulous food and its friendly faces.
More Asia tripping posts to come, in Hong Kong and Malaysia.