When it comes to Hanoi’s experience of bakeries, besides big names like Nguyen Son bakery, Thu Huong, which are bakery chains for take away, small patisseries opened by local pastry chefs often showcase their cake display cases near the road, so that passers-by can see their cakes. Therefore, it is not easy to find patisseries with windows full of glorious gateaux, charming chocolates and other tempting treats. To me, that kind of pastry shops is exactly what would offer cake and tea experiences that satisfy my sweet cravings. On searching petite pastry like that, La Patisserie Chez Moi is the one that makes me keep coming back.
When being asked by Word Editor, Nick Ross, on which dishes are my favorite so that he can put my pick-up into May Issue cover story, oc luoc and bo bia immediately spring to my mind. How about you? What are your favorite?
Phở Gà – Back to basic
I was surprised myself when being told from our Chief Editor that we have not yet covered a full story on Phở Gà – Hanoi chicken noodle. To me, maybe Phở Gà is the most basic and an absolute staple of local street food, that makes us, Street Snacker writers, all think that it must have been covered long ago. It somehow explains why it remains uncovered story. Therefore, I decided to find my way back to Hanoi’s basic and simple but flavorful traditional Phở.
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Hot rice flan mixed with pork and mushroom and served with fish sauce, banh duc nong makes the perfect winter snacks. Word by me. The article was published on Word Hanoi Issue December 2013.
Familiar to Hanoians, and often street peddlers, snacks such as banh duc or plain rice flan, che con ong or hard caramel flavored ginger sticky rice disc, che dau xanh or mung bean and banh tro are found across the capital.
Known as quà quê or countryside traditional cakes, these snacks used to be signatory dishes representing celebrations like lunar New Year, or festive family gatherings. Nowadays, they have become equavilent of fast food.