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Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi

Not far from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the Ho Chi Minh Museum (entrance fee 40,000 VND per pax) where you can learn about the life of Ho Chi Minh – his background, ideals and revolutionary career. To be honest, before I came to Hanoi, I didn’t have a clue what HCM actually meant […]

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Pho Bac Hai on 22 Hang Bo Street, Hanoi

Found this place on TripAdvisor when I was looking for banh xeo so the moment we spotted the eatery on Hang Bo Street, we were very excited that we could finally have some savoury Vietnamese pancakes for breakfast as we were famished. The lady boss welcomed us with a big smile and eagerly gestured towards […]

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Banh Bao Luong Van Can – Vietnamese Steamed Bun with Quail Eggs

We were on our way to Hang Bo Street to look for banh xeo and as we walked down Luong Van Can Street, we spotted several stalls that were selling steamed buns or banh bao. We stopped by one of them to check it out. Banh Bao Luong Van Can Luong Van Can Street Hoan […]

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Com Suon Nuong – Where There’s Smoke, There’s Grilled Pork

Where there is smoke, there is grilled pork. This is indeed very true for Hanoi. It’s so easy to spot a restaurant that serves grilled pork (for example, bun cha) – you’ll either catch a whiff of BBQ or see smoke on the streets. And that was how we discovered this place. Com Suon Nuong […]

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Banh Cuon Phu Ly – A Different Way to Enjoy Rice Noodle Rolls

After having the banh cuon at Banh Cuon Gia Truyen which really resembled chee cheong fun, we tried to look out for other banh cuon stalls in Hanoi during our trip. Banh cuon isn’t as common as pho or banh mi so we were very happy to stumble upon Banh Cuon Phu Ly while exploring […]

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Banh My Duc Long Doner Kebab – Turkish Cuisine with a Vietnamese Twist

Pleasantly surprised to find this doner kebab place in the Old Quarter of Hanoi so Hubby and I decided to stop by here for supper. If you’re wondering what doner kebab is, well, it is a type of Turkish street food that comes with meat that’s cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Similar to those kebab […]

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Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hanoi

If you’re heading to Hanoi for a holiday, do make sure you have the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in your list of to-visit places because it’s one of the few attractions in Hanoi that’s really worth checking out. The hotel reception staff had given us the wrong information/direction on where the entrance to the […]

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Xoi Yen – Best Sticky Rice in Hanoi

Located at the corner of the same street as Cafe Giang is Xoi Yen, one of Hanoians’ favourite sticky rice restaurants. Xôi is basically a sweet or savoury glutinous rice dish that comes with various toppings of your choice. It is eaten as a main dish and is a popular breakfast item in Hanoi. Xoi […]

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Cafe Giang – The Original Creator of the Famous Egg Coffee in Hanoi

After having a cuppa at Highlands Coffee, a popular Vietnamese cafe chain, I was even more determined to hunt down a specialty cafe that offers more than just run-of-the-mill coffee. I got to know about Cafe Giang when I was looking for places that serve up the famous ca phe trung or egg coffee which […]

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Banh Xeo Zon – Fab place for crispy, savoury Vietnamese pancakes

After two failed attempts to find banh xeo, I was just thrilled to discover Banh Xeo Zon while exploring the eastern side of the Old Quarter (east of Hoan Kiem Lake) so even though Hubby and I had already eaten dinner beforehand, we still decided to go for a second round. #NonStopEatingWhileTravelling Banh Xeo Zon […]

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Nom Thit Bo Kho from Long Vi Dung, Hanoi

If you ask the locals where to find Nom Thit Bo Kho in Hanoi, they will most likely direct you to the small street of Ho Hoan Kiem that’s next to the Hoan Kiem Lake. Long Vi Dung – Nom Thit Bo Kho 23 Ho Hoan Kiem Hanoi, Vietnam Tel: +84 90 465 67 08 […]

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Bun Cha Huong Lien – Vietnamese grilled pork & rice noodle dish made famous by Barack Obama

We’ve never heard of bun cha previously as it’s not a common dish found in Vietnamese restaurants here in Singapore. However when it was reported in the news last year that former US President Barack Obama and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain dined out at a bun cha restaurant in Hanoi, the once unfamiliar dish to […]

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Things to see in Hanoi – More sights & attractions to explore

It’s Chinese New Year Eve! Gosh, by the time this post goes live, I must be busy in the kitchen preparing a 10-course feast for tonight’s Reunion Dinner. In the end, I still decided to cook and have everyone eat in because we couldn’t find a CNY menu that everyone was happy with – we’re […]

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S’Patisserie in Hanoi – Great atmosphere and delicious red velvet cake

We were in the mood for chilling out in a cafe and decided to head to S’Patisserie which we stumbled upon the other day while walking to Trang Tien Plaza. S’Patisserie 17-19 Hang Khay Hoan Kiem, Hanoi Vietnam Tel: +84 4 3938 5555 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SPatisserie.17/ It’s located across the road from the southern end […]

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Kem Trang Tien – Hanoi’s famous ice cream shop

While on our way to visit the Hanoi Opera House, we stopped by the iconic Trang Tien Plaza which is Hanoi’s first high-end luxury shopping mall. It is located across the road from the southern end of Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter. Expect to find familiar brands here such as Cartier, Dior, Louis […]

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Pho Cuon Hung Ben – Fresh Rice Noodle Rolls & Fried ‘Pillow Cakes’

While exploring Truc Bach Lake, we ventured into this little island on the lake that was brimming with restaurants and eateries that specialised in one common dish – Pho Cuon or Vietnamese rice noodle rolls. After circling the area a couple of times, we decided to settle with the eatery that was bustling with patrons. […]

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