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Vietnam, Timeless Charm

Vietnam, Timeless Charm

A compilation of delectable cuisine as I search for the best foods around the globe. The best experience of the culture of a country.
Julius Lim
Julius Lim

Located in a slightly run-down nondescript shophouse, you wouldn’t expect anything amazing coming out from it, but oh man, the fresh beef pho is damn amazing. Upon each order, the staff immediately starts preparing the bowl with the base filling up with rice noodles before grabbing a heap of bean sprouts and green onions and topping on top of it. Fresh beef slides are placed in the bowl thereafter before a scoop of that boiling beef broth gets filled up in the bowl. The beefy stock is packed with flavours while the burst of freshness from the spring onions breathes life into the dish. The beef slices are tender to the bite as they are blanched slightly, creating the perfect bite of pho with the rice noodles.
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📍 Phở Thìn
13 Lò Đúc, Ngô Thì Nhậm, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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We didn’t even finish most of the food as the flavours were either too heavy or didn’t match well together. We were better off having the street food instead. Perhaps what we took were the lunch sets and the dinner menu might be better? But seeing that there are other restaurants in Hanoi, we probably won’t be back here for quite some time.
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📍 Green Tangerine
48 Hàng Bè, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Order a Vietnamese coffee, get an outdoor seat and just watch the day goes by with the accompanying horns from the motorcycles, street vendors hawking for business and tourists chitchatting in various languages.
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📍 Công Cà Phê
54 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Diners will usually order the Combo Obama, which was what the president ate during the meal which comes with a bun cha, nem hai san and a bottle of Hanoi beer. The bun cha, in my honest opinion and after many days of eating from different stalls, is nothing amazing and definitely not the best that we have tried. The grilled pork has the smoky aroma and was well marinated but it didn’t wow us as much, probably due to our high expectations prior to eating. The nem hai san is a fried seafood roll which comes packed with prawn, crab, pork and vegetable filling. It was just alright with a strong seafood-y smell, and we very much prefer the regular spring rolls.
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📍 Bún Chả Hương Liên
24 Lê Văn Hưu, Phan Chu Trinh, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Who still remembers biting into one of these freshly baked cheesetarts and getting the nice savoury sweet cheese filling and buttery crust? It is truly divine and really brought back fond memories from those days. Food aside, the only thing missing from this entire experience is that the outlet is not playing the looping Pablo Cheesetart song.
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📍Pablo Cheesetart Vietnam
1A Hai Bà Trưng, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Each bowl comes with a portion of rice noodles, pickled carrot and papaya, marinated beef, fried shallots and peanuts over a nuoc cham sauce that is made from fish sauce, sugar, lime juice and water. It might not necessarily be a salad per say and more of a noodle dish, but the salad reference comes from mixing all the ingredients well to create a myriad of flavours with profiles of sweet, sour and savoury.
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📍Bún Bò Nam Bộ Bách Phương
67 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

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Fortunately, one of the go-to fine dining spots in Hanoi, Essence Restaurant, was able to achieve it flawlessly. From the popular Bánh Xèo to the Hôi An Chicken Rice, the restaurant is able to retain the essence of each of these dishes and present to both locals and tourists the diversity of the Vietnamese street food culture.
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Essence Restaurant
Address: 22 Tạ Hiện, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
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Our expectations were high before the meal and after trying it, we concluded that it truly lived up to the hype. Our half-half pizza consists of the signature Burrata Parma Ham and Smoked Cheese Seafood in Spicy Tomato Sauce, both excellent on its own rights. My favourite has got to be the former as the creamy burrata is an impressive touch to go alongside the salty Parma ham.
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Pizza 4P’s
Address: 11B, Bao Khanh Alley, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000
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This egg coffee is prepared with beaten egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and robusta coffee. From the first sip, it tastes similar to a drinkable creme brûlée but a very sweet and frothy one. Not really something that I would order again as I only took a few sips and that’s about it.
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Cafe Giảng
Address: 39 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Hàng Bạc, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
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Ordered the Bánh Mì Thap Cam which comes with the full works of pate, barbecued pork, jambon ham and sausage, basically everything porky can be found in this sandwich. Overall, it was decent but definitely not the best that I’ve tried as the porky smell was too much at some bites.
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Bánh Mì 25
Address: 25 Hàng Cá, P, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
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In addition, the restaurant was super dirty as there were rubbish and debris all over the floor, and the food doesn’t seem as fresh. Definitely will not recommend this place if you are bun cha hunting in Hanoi as we had much better ones over the days which I will be reviewing soon.
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Bun Cha Dac Kim
Address: 1 Hàng Mành, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
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Fortunately, PK Spice was opened and being one of the highly rated restaurants in Hanoi, we clearly had a fulfilling meal of boneless chicken marinated in yogurt, aloo golbi and palek paneer. What truly astonished us, and the tables around us, was the order of naan, which literally filled up half of the table. I was no joking, it was really huge.
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PK Spice Restaurant
Address: 10 Hàng Mành, Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000
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