• Buddhist Temples in Hanoi 

    Perhaps, the first full moon of the Lunar New year is one of the best time to visit some buddhist temples. What temple to visit on this day is the thing that many people concern. Below are some temples you should go to pray for the new year...

    Buddhist Temples in Hanoi 

    Perhaps, the first full moon of the Lunar New year is one of the best time to visit some buddhist temples. What temple to visit on this day is the thing that many people concern. Below are some temples you should go to pray for the new year.

    Ha Temple

    Ha temple, also known as Thanh Duc temple,which is constructed in the Le Thanh Tong (1460-1497) dynasty, is located in Cau Giay district, Hanoi.

    If other temples is fascinating to the middle aged, Ha temple is the place that is familiar to teenager with the name “Love temple”.

    This famous temple attracts many visitors every year especially in the first quarter of the lunar year. Lonely girls and boys go there to pray for luck to find their darling. And the lovers visit this temple to pray for the endless love.

    Tran Quoc Temple

    Located by the West Lake, Thanh Nien street, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi, Tran Quoc temple is one of the most antique temples in Vietnam.

    This temple used to be the center of the Vietnamese Buddhism in the Ly and Tran dynasty with the unique architecture and the historical value. It is well-known as a religious destination that fascinates many tourist and Buddhist.

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  • Gifts for Vietnamese Tet

    Tet is around the corner, everyone is eager to purchase meaningful gifts for their relations as a wish for happiness and prosperity.  Below are 3 typical gifts of Vietnames...

    Gifts for Vietnamese Tet

    Tet is around the corner, everyone is eager to purchase meaningful gifts for their relations as a wish for happiness and prosperity.  Below are 3 typical gifts of Vietnamese:

    1. Teapot

    In Vietnam custom, giving a cup of tea is one of the steps to welcome guests coming to their home. Hence, choosing a teapot as a new year gift is absolutely relevant. The giver can also rely on the architecture of the host’s house to select the most suitable teapot.

    2. Peach branches

    It is widely known that peach blossom is a special symbol of Tet in Vietnam. It gives the new atmosphere to the family and  demonstrates multiplications and wishes for  a prosper life. So peach branches are usually chosen as a lucky present. Besides, a branch of peach can also make your home more warm.

    3. Traditional painting

    A traditional painting is also a popular present with Vietnamese at Tet, because of its profound meaning. Because Đông Hồ paintings are mainly bought and displayed on the occasion of Tet, its contents are often humorous and optimistic with bright and powerful colours such as red, yellow, and white. The most popular and best-selling paintings are Lợn đàn, Gà đàn, and Chăn trâu thổi sáo, which represent wealth and fortune in the New Year.


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  • 3 must-visit museums in Hanoi

    Ho Chi Minh Museum

    Location: Doi Can, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

    Being one of the largest museums in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh Museum mainly display objects relating to Ho Chi Minh – the greatest leader of Vietnam. The museum is located among many other travel desticnations such as: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda,…. that creates relics attracting both domestic and foreign visitors...

    3 must-visit museums in Hanoi

    1. Ho Chi Minh Museum

    Location: Doi Can, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

    Being one of the largest museums in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh Museum mainly display objects relating to Ho Chi Minh – the greatest leader of Vietnam. The museum is located among many other travel destinations such as: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda,…. that creates relics attracting both domestic and foreign visitors.

    2. Hanoi Museum

    Location: Pham Hung, Me Tri, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi

    It is obvious that there is no place that is better than Hanoi Museum, where reserves items of 1000 history years of Thang Long (the former name of Hanoi), to explore the capital of Vietnam. This museum has 4 floors with 3 main areas. Items displayed in Hanoi Museum is almost from The Ly – Tran –Le dynasties. Besides, visiting the museum, you will have a chance to admire many paintings of  Hanoi yesterday and now.

    3. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

    Location: Nguyen Van Huyen, Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Hanoi

    This Museum is a place displaying a wide range of cultural objects of 54 Vietnamese ethnicities. These objects are sorted by many criterion such as: ethnicity, using, costume, costume, jewelry, agricultural implements, fishing equipment, weapon,…

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  • The history of the "Hang" Street
    Hardly anyone comes to Hanoi without visiting the famous thirty-six Old Quarter streets of the old Thang Long Kingdom. It’s still got it busy life like in the past as it was the places of that many trade guilds has established since the past. It was and it will always be as actively as in the past.

    The history of the "Hang" Street
    Hardly anyone comes to Hanoi without visiting the famous thirty-six Old Quarter streets of the old Thang Long Kingdom. It’s still got it busy life like in the past as it was the places of that many trade guilds has established since the past. It was and it will always be as actively as in the past.

    The Old Quarter of Hanoi was located in the Hoan Kiem district, with total of more than 100 hectares upon 76 streets. According to the history of the Vietnam, this street groups has been established since the Ly-Tran dynasty, with the length from the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long to the bank of the Red River. In the Ly Dynasty, many people from the outer city has came to here and formed the largest group of streets of Thang Long. Also, many Chinese has come here and create some other Chinese streets like Luong Van Can,.. When Vietnam was under the protectorate of the French, they also come here and establish many agency of other brands from France. Until now, the Old Quarter are still one of the busiest trade zone in Hanoi.

    One of the unique things of the Old Quarter would be the established of the handicraft villages and other trade guilds. In the Ly Dynasty, many craftmans has came from other provinces around Thang Long, gather in many streets with each of them got their own main products. Many merchants from other places also come here to trade, which has made these villages also develop in a quick way. Because of that development, many streets with the Hang in their name has been established, with each name represented the main products of its. For example, Hang Duong Street famous for its product from sugar, honey like candy, Ô mai (a tradition Mut of the Vietnamese)… Or Hang Ma Street is known for their main products which is goods for the rituals (in Vietnamese, Mã means the products made from papers)….

     After two Indochina Wars, many streets has lost its own main products as a loss from the warfare, like Hàng Quạt Street ( in the old time they sold hand fan, now their main products is small altars which is necessary in Vietnamese’s families),… In the other hands, many streets still preserve and develop it’s main products, like Thuốc Bắc street (sold Chinese herbal medicine),…

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  • Dong Xuan Market at the end of the year

    Dong Xuan Market is one of the largest wholesale market in consumer goods of Hanoi. Everytime when the Tet Holidays is near, this market got more and more people coming in and out, as because all the products that was sold in here were very cheap, and also because the trend of buying new things for New Year’s Eve in Hanoi usually rising high in this period....

    Dong Xuan Market at the end of the year

    Dong Xuan Market is one of the largest wholesale market in consumer goods of Hanoi. Everytime when the Tet Holidays is near, this market got more and more people coming in and out, as because all the products that was sold in here were very cheap, and also because the trend of buying new things for New Year’s Eve in Hanoi usually rising high in this period.

    Dong Xuan don’t have the favorable positioned like the Ben Thanh Market or the romantics located right next the Huong River like the Dong Ba Market, however, it’s was placed right between the Old Quarter of Hanoi. With it’s size, it’s maybe small for it’s importance on the goods of market in Hanoi, but that is the specials of this Market as it was just like Hanoi or the Old Quarter: many small streets, and many small houses, everything was small!

    Dong Xuan Market today was a Market with 3 large Domes that was located in Dong Xuan Street, right in the middle of the old Thang Long. With an area more than 14000 metres, together with up than 2000 small business, each with different products, this was known as one of the largest market in the Nothern Vietnam. Dong Xuan also known as the place that consume many products from many traditional villages which bring many profits back that could help preserve many traditional products from extinct between many foreign products. This is also a history places that has attracted many tourists every years come to visit and purchase in here.

    One of the famous products that has been consumed many in this end of the year would be Mut – a Traditional Food of Vietnam in Tet Holiday. Many Mut could be purchased in here, some of which would be the Coconut Mut, or the Ginger Mut, Kiwi Mut,… Besides, Dong Xuan also got many other essential things for the Lunar New Year like rice, silk or other consume products.

     

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  • Christmas in Hanoi old quarter

    Christmas is around the corner. Hanoi streets are covered with myriad colors of Christmas: the red of Santa clothes, the green of Christmas trees and the white of the snow flake merging into the twinkle of bulb lights...

    Christmas in Hanoi old quarter

    Christmas is around the corner. Hanoi streets are covered with myriad colors of Christmas: the red of Santa clothes, the green of Christmas trees and the white of the snow flake merging into the twinkle of bulb lights.

    Perhaps, the old quarter is the best place to enjoy the Christmas atmosphere because this is the place selling all kinds of Christmas goods such as: Christmas trees, snowman and statues of Santa Claus. The climate of Hanoi is not cold enough to grow a Christmas tree or build a snowman; therefore, such things are all artificial. However, they do not affect the cosy and bustling atmosphere of Christmas in Hanoi.

    On Christmas eve, don’t miss to be a part of the stream heading to Hang Ma. In the old days, people living in Hang Ma specialize in handicraft relating to paper such as paper toys, paper worshiping objects. At present, Hang Ma is one of the streets on old quarter which is famous for decorative items and toys for children. Hang Ma is the place reflecting sufficiently the sparkling and splendid of X-mas night. Foreign visitors will feel somewhat the same atmosphere as their home country’s when standing on Hang Ma street on Christmas day.

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  • Hanoi Ancient House

    Located in Ma May Street, within the Old Quarter, the Ancient House of Hanoi is a place where people could found out how the ancient Hanoian lived, as well as the traditional life style of the Hanoian.

    Hanoi Ancient House

    Located in Ma May Street, within the Old Quarter, the Ancient House of Hanoi is a place where people could found out how the ancient Hanoian lived, as well as the traditional life style of the Hanoian.

    As one of the fourteen old houses built in XIX centuries, this house is special because it’s one of rarely old house that has been preserved in Hanoi until today. Many other old houses has been demolished because of the rapidly urbanizing or ruined by time. This house is also special because it’s the only one of a wealthy family that still remains in Hanoi.

    This house has been preserved one time in 1999 by the agreement between the city council of Toulouse, France and the city council of Hanoi. Because of the restored,this house still remains real and ancient beauty of itself. All the furniture and decoration items are also in good condition.

    Not only tourists could understand the way of Trang An peoples living in Hanoi in XIX centuries, but also they could understand about many art of the Hanoian like Ca Tru. In the morning, the house is open only for the visit and introduce about the ancient house. After 6 - 7 pm, this house is the place where the Thang Long Club perform Ca Tru, and also many activities.

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  • Turtle Tower

    Turtle Tower is a small tower built in 1886 that is located in the middle of Sword Lake, which since a long time ago has been the only lake in the central district of Hanoi. These two monuments together are the symbol of the capital city as they hold many legends of Vietnamese folks.

    Turtle Tower

    Turtle Tower is a small tower built in 1886 that is located in the middle of Sword Lake, which since a long time ago has been the only lake in the central district of Hanoi. These two monuments together are the symbol of the capital city as they hold many legends of Vietnamese folks.


    Legend told that these monuments got their name from the legacy about Le Loi, the first king of the Le Dynasty. They told that when he was still in Lam Son, Thanh Hoa Province he has found a mystical sword which is one of the Dragon King treasures. A fisherman caught the blade of the sword in his net and Le Loi found the hilt for the sword in a banyan tree. Legend says that the sword was inscribed with the words Thuan Thien, which means The Will of Heaven. This sword was said to have endowed Le Loi with great power and strength as well as increasing his physical stature when he used it. 

    With the power from the sword, Le Loi, together with his companions, has rally his troops and freed Vietnam from the oppression of the Chinese. After the victory, Le Loi took a boat ride out on the Ta Vong Lake (Now is Hoan Kiem Lake). When the boat go to the middle of the lake, a golden turtle appears, climbs up the boat, and grabs the sword from Le Loi's belt. The turtle, together with the glowing swords, swam down into the lake, never to be seen again.

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  • Ca Tru Thang Long

    Ca Tru is a kind of folk music from Vietnam, which mostly popular in Northern Vietnam. It’s thought to have originated in the imperial palace, eventually moving predominantly into performances at communal houses for scholars and other members of the elite.....

    Ca Tru Thang Long

    Ca Tru is a kind of folk music from Vietnam, which mostly popular in Northern Vietnam. It’s thought to have originated in the imperial palace, eventually moving predominantly into performances at communal houses for scholars and other members of the elite. From the 15th centuries until now, with many development from the experts, Ca Tru has become a special things that only the culture of Northern Vietnam has, and with other kinds of arts like Quan ho, it has demonstrated the philosophy of life and the belief of many Vietnamese. 

    Ca tru performance at the 70th anniversary of UNESCO

    From a long time ago, Ca Tru is known as an elegant art, which has a special taste and not many people could enjoy it. When the Vietnam War happened, this kind of art has been disappear as a results of wars, which make us thought that we could never be able to see Ca Tru turn up again. However, with many Ca Tru clubs, especially the Thang Long Clubs, this kind of folk music has once again turn up, and even got a new generation of singers which are still very young. Many clubs has open many meetings for singers to come and perform many pieces from the past with many singers from the old generation in weekend night. This activities not only help to preserve the art of Ca tru, but also is a way to introduce this special kind of Northern Vietnamese’s culture to native and foreign tourist.

    A meeting of a Ca Tru club

    Most of the ca tru’s club meetings will happen in a pagoda or many old houses, mix with the highly technique of the vocals and her “phách”, together with the sound of “đàn đáy” and the sound of “trống chầu” (praise drum) from the observer (which help us known when it’s a good part), listeners will be bring back to the thriving time of the Vietnamese cultural, the peaceful time of the past….

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  • Hanoi’s Old Quarter

    Located in the middle of Ha Noi, the dynamic capital of Vietnam where changes take place every second, Ha Noi Old Quarter with its old-styled narrow streets full of antique brick houses nostalgically resists the flow of time...

    Hanoi’s Old Quarter

    Located in the middle of Ha Noi, the dynamic capital of Vietnam where changes take place every second, Ha Noi Old Quarter with its old-styled narrow streets full of antique brick houses nostalgically resists the flow of time.

    Hanoi’s old quarter, where has 36 old streets (the former name) selling many types of goods, is between the Lake of the Restored Sword, the Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart, and a citadel wall. Each street is a place selling a special merchandise which is the symbol of the street. It may be a huge surprise if you know that Hanoi's Old Quarter came into being at the time King Ly Thai To selected Thang Long as the country’s capital in 1010, that means, the streets have a more than 1,000-year old history with the most crowded period since 15th century. Up to now, it has been the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam.

    Apart from charming colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and pagodas, what makes these streets unique is that many of them remain in their very ancient architecture of the 15th century.

    Another interesting thing is the sight of streets packed with scooters, bicycles and cars swarming around pedestrians like a school of fish.

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  • Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam

    Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam is widely known as the first national university in Vietnam. Constructed in 1070s, this school had trained many talents for this country during several centuries. Nowadays, it becomes not only a very famous historic monument but also an amazing destination for both foreigner and Vietnamese...

    Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam

    Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam is widely known as the first national university in Vietnam. Constructed in 1070s, this school had trained many talents for this country during several centuries. Nowadays, it becomes not only a very famous historic monument but also an amazing destination for both foreigner and Vietnamese.

    Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (sometimes incorrectly called "Temple of Literature”) is a Temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. Located to the south of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, the temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" Vietnam's first national university. The organization of instruction and learning at the Imperial Academy began in 1076 under the Ly dynasty and was further developed in the 15th century under the Le dynasty.

    Many students lived and studied at the Temple. Most students had passed the regional exam before enrolling at the academy. During the course of study at the academy, the students focused on discussion of literature and wrote poetry as well. The students learned Chinese, Chinese philosophy, and Chinese history.

    Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam is also one of several temples in Vietnam which is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars with the various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of poinsettias where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place.

    Just before the Vietnamese New Year celebration, calligraphist will assemble outside the temple and write wishes in Han characters. The art works are given away as gifts or are used as home decorations for special occasions.

    Another interesting thing is that the temple is featured on the back of the 100,000VND banknote.

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  • Water puppet - a special type of art in Vietnam

    Water puppet was originated from Red River Delta in Vietnam since 11st century. This special type of art was created to describe the life in Northern countryside and historic stages of Vietnam...

    Water puppet - a special type of art in Vietnam 

    Water puppet was originated from Red River Delta in Vietnam since 11st century. This special type of art was created to describe the life in Northern countryside and historic stages of Vietnam.

    Water puppet is performed outdoor with a pond used as the stage. In talented artist’s hands, puppets were made by lacquer wood evolved in a miraculous way to become a graceful person going on the face of the waters.

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  • First night on lake walking street in Hanoi

    Since September, 1st, the space around the Sword lake has become the walking streets with many interesting activities of street arts, community events, free wifi, bars and restaurants which are opened until 2:00 a.m...

    First night on lake walking street in Hanoi

    Since September, 1st, the space around the Sword lake has become the walking streets with many interesting activities of street arts, community events, free wifi, bars and restaurants which are opened until 2:00 a.m.

    On the first night when the walking street was opened, many inhabitants and foreigners eagerly wandered along the streets from early 7:00 p.m.

    If outside the rail is crowded ways with a lot of vehicles, the space inside is absolutely contrary with the peaceful space like an countryside. Visitors can play traditional games such as skipping rope, “ô ăn quan”,etc. together on the streets.

    A small note for you who want to visit the walking streets: vehicles are not allowed from 7:00 p.m all the way until Sunday midnight. It will last until next year's Tet as this is still a pilot project.

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  • The crispy pancake

    It is impossible to count the amount of foods to eat when you are in Vietnam. But if you have chance to visit this beautiful country, don’t forget to taste the crispy pancakes – one of the most well-known pancakes in Vietnam...

    The crispy pancake

    It is impossible to count the amount of foods to eat when you are in Vietnam. But if you have chance to visit this beautiful country, don’t forget to taste the crispy pancakes – one of the most well-known pancakes in Vietnam.

    To form an crispy pancake, the batter is made from a combination of rice flour mixed with lots of rich coconut milk, and a sprinkle of turmeric. The dough is then fried in a mini griddle in lots of oil so the edges get very golden crispy yet the center remains somewhat creamy and soft.

    Crispy pancakes are usually served with plates of raw vegetables and herbs. Vietnamese is also fond of enjoying this kind of pancake with the fish sauce. They often wrap the crispy pancakes by the raw vegetables and then dip it into the sauce.

    More photos of crispy pancake

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  • Lã Vọng Grilled Fish - a Must-To-Try Speciality in Hanoi

    Lã Vọng Grilled Fish is the name of a speciality in Hanoi, it was created long time ago by Đoàn family. It is often the first food when tourists visit the capital...

    Lã Vọng Grilled Fish - a Must-To-Try Speciality in Hanoi

    Lã Vọng Grilled Fish is the name of a speciality in Hanoi, it was created long time ago by Đoàn family. It is often the first food when tourists visit the capital.

    Been cooked by a special recipe, Lã Vọng Grilled Fish has impressed many tourists who once try it. It should be eaten when it is still hot, and it is more delicious when mixed with shrimp paste. 

    Lã Vọng Grilled Fish is not only required to be cooked meticulously, but also when people taste it. Not everyone knows how to eat this food. It should be cooked with onion, dills; when everything is well-done, we put them into a dish and eat with noodles, odiferous greens, peanuts, and shrimp paste. You will feel the taste of shrimp paste mixed with the sweetness of fish and the grease of peanuts, all will create the deliciousness of Lã Vọng Grilled Fish that cannot be described by words .

    --- Mia Ngo

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  • Bun rieu

    As one of the most popular dishes in Vietnam, bun rieu is generally enjoyed for breakfast.Although there are many different types of bun rieu, I do love bun rieu cua, the version with crab, tomatoes, pork, and some pieces of tofu as well, the most...

    Bun rieu

    As one of the most popular dishes in Vietnam, bun rieu is generally enjoyed for breakfast.

    Although there are many different types of bun rieu, I do love bun rieu cua, the version with crab, tomatoes, pork, and some pieces of tofu as well, the most.

    The soup calls for crab paste made from paddy crabs, which give the dish its main flavor, accompany with stewed tomatoes, that contribute a natural sweetness to the dish.

    The complex mixture of ingredients and flavors in the broth, mixed with rice vermicelli noodles, pieces of meat and crab paste  is what makes the dish be the most yummy type of bun rieu. Besides, bun rieu cua is also enjoy with a beautiful selection of condiments like shrimp paste, chilies,  limes, and raw vegetables.

    It is said that bun rieu is an integral dish to Vietnamese. So if you have chance to visit this beautiful country, don’t forget to enjoy it. 

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  • Broken rice

    Vietnam is one of the world’s top rice producers and exporters. Although among types of rice in Vietnam, the broken grains of rice are often one of the cheapest grades, it’s a favorite for many to make “cơm tấm” – a renown dish of Vietnam...

    Broken rice

    Vietnam is one of the world’s top rice producers and exporters. Athough among types of rice in Vietnam, the broken grains of rice are often one of the cheapest grades, it’s a favorite for many to make “cơm tấm” – a renown dish of Vietnam.

    It is usually served with grilled pork (either ribs or shredded) plus the Vietnamese dish bì” (thinly shredded pork mixed with cooked and thinly shredded pork skin) over broken rice. The rice and meat are served with various greens and pickled vegetables, along with a prawn paste cake, steamed egg, and grilled prawns.

    Typically, restaurants will serve this popular combination rice plate with a small bowl of sauce, as well as a small bowl of soup broth, that give this dish a harmonious flavor.

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  • Vietnamese traditional mooncake 

    For a long time, mooncake has become an integral thing to Vietnamese whenever the mid-autumn festival comes. Perhaps, it not only is a delicious dish but also contains many traditional values...

    Vietnamese traditional mooncake 

    For a long time, mooncake has become an integral thing to Vietnamese whenever the mid-autumn festival comes. Perhaps, it not only is a delicious dish but also contains many traditional values.

    Mooncake derived from China then spread to Vietnam. Most mooncakes consist of a thin, tender pastry skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling, and may contain one or more whole salted egg yolks in their center as the symbol of the full moon.

    Almost mooncakes have an imprint on top consisting of the traditional characters for "longevity" or "harmony", as well as the name of the bakery. Imprints of the moon, Lady Chang'e on the moon, flowers, vines, or a rabbit (symbol of the moon) may surround the characters for additional decoration.

    Mooncake is usually round shaped and typically measures around 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches) across and up to 5 cm (2 inches) deep. It is usually eaten in small wedges during the festival, and shared by family members. Mooncakes generally served with tea, and, very rarely, mooncakes are served steamed or fried.

    Mooncake has been extremely familiar to Vietnamese but there are not many people who utterly comprehend the meaning of it. In Vietnamese culture, roundness symbolizes “completeness” and “togetherness”. A full moon symbolizes prosperity and reunion for the whole family. Hence, mooncake is not just a food. It's on behalf of a profound cultural tradition deep in Vietnamese's subconscious parts, symbolizing a spiritual feeling.

    Today, at Mid-Autumn Festival people eat mooncakes together with family, or present mooncakes to relatives or friends, to express love and best wishes.

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  • Bun cha Hanoi

    Besides “Phở”, “Bún chả” (pronounced boon-char) is also a "must-have" when you visit Hanoi and want to try out some local taste. Not many dishes could be suitable for any time of the day in any season like “Bún chả”.

    Bun cha Hanoi

    Besides “Phở”, “Bún chả” (pronounced boon-char) is also a "must-have" when you visit Hanoi and want to try out some local taste. Not many dishes could be suitable for any time of the day in any season like “Bún chả”.

     

    “Bún chả” is made from many ingredients and some of them that is the most important are:

         “Chả”: made from  pork
         Rice noodle
         Sauce: A mixture of fish sauce, sugar, seasoning, lemonade and some other elements
         Pickles: green papaya salad or carrot, onion, kohlrabi
         Green salad

     

    “Bún chả” is originated and remains very popular in Hanoi. Outside of Hanoi, across all regions of Vietnam, a similar dish of rice vermicelli and grilled meat called “bún thịt nướng is alternately served.

    More photos of "Bún chả"

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  • Khúc Bạch sweet gruel

    Though it is autumn now in Hanoi, the weather is still so hot and makes you feel tired sometimes. During these hot days, you will find it very satisfying if you have a cool sweet bowl of gruel. If you have a chance to visit Hanoi during these days, it will be a regret if you forget to try Khuc Bach sweet gruel at least once in your lifetime...

    Khúc Bạch sweet gruel

    Though it is autumn now in Hanoi, the weather is still so hot and makes you feel tired sometimes. During these hot days, you will find it very satisfying if you have a cool sweet bowl of gruel. If you have a chance to visit Hanoi during these days, it will be a regret if you forget to try Khuc Bach sweet gruel at least once in your lifetime. 

    The main ingredients of Khúc Bạch sweet gruel are "khúc bạch" pieces which is cooled, very slammy and sweet. It is also made of non-sugar fresh milk, coconut milk, whipping cream, gelatin and white sugar. You can add fruit juice and other seeds as well. 

    Khúc Bạch sweet gruel can often be eaten with some fruits such as: longan, kiwi, apple, lychee, basil seeds... The water of Khúc Bạch sweet gruel consists of rock sugar, almond oil which makes this food taste cool and so sweet. Khúc Bạch sweet gruel helps cool our body so well. 

    In addition to traditional Khúc Bạch sweet gruel, we also have some new tastes of this food such as green tea, cheese, tiramisu,... You can find Khúc Bạch sweet gruel everywhere in Hanoi, it is cheap and also very delicious.

    --- Mia Ngo

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  • Hanoi “Cốm”

    For a long time, “Cốm” has become a favorite dish that is indispensable to Hanoiians. Accompany with the two rice crops, “Cốm” is almost available through the year. However, it is the autumn which is perhaps the most suitable time to enjoy “Cốm”. “Cốm”, or green rice, is not dyed green, as can be done with pandan, but is immature rice kernels roasted over very low heat then pounded in a mortar and pestle until flattened...

    Hanoi “Cốm”

    For a long time, “Cốm” has become a favorite dish that is indispensable to Hanoiian. Accompany with the two rice crops, “Cốm” is almost available through the year. However, it is the autumn which is perhaps the most suitable time to enjoy “Cốm”.

     

    “Cốm”, or green rice, is not dyed green, as can be done with pandan, but is immature rice kernels roasted over very low heat then pounded in a mortar and pestle until flattened. At the end, “Cốm” is wrapped in two layers of leaf, one that is inside is used to keep “Cốm” from dry and save the green color of “cốm” and the outside layer made form lotus leaf is to give the products a soothing odor.

     

    Although “Cốm” is not a dish used to make the eater feel full and Hanoiians only enjoy this food as the snack with plain flavor, everyone is eagerly looking forward to the arrival of season of “Cốm”. Hence, whenever the fall comes, the special flavor of “Cốm” has contributed to give Hanoi a sweeter and more graceful beauty. 

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  • Ta Hien Beer - a traditional beauty at the heart of The Old Town

    More than anywhere, Hanoian love beer so much, especially "pavement beer". The beer culture in Hanoi is very special and there is a famous beer street where you can drink cups of beer with very cheap price. That place is where the Western and Eastern Culture meet and people come to meet each other. It is Ta Hien...

    Ta Hien Beer - a traditional beauty at the heart of The Old Town

    More than anywhere, Hanoian love beer so much, especially "pavement beer". The beer culture in Hanoi is very special and there is a famous beer street where you can drink cups of beer with very cheap price. That place is where the Western and Eastern Culture meet and people come to meet each other. It is Ta Hien.

    Ta Hien street is the most famous street at Hanoi Old Town and always full of people. Though people can think about many types of food whenever they mention Ta Hien, but there is nothing but beer can be Ta Hien's most well-known speciality!  

    Ta Hien Beer

    Ta Hien Beer is definitely the soul of the street! Ordering a cup of beer and some types of snack to eat, you are free to immerse yourself in the Old Hanoi atmosphere and endless talks! Ta Hien is also the most loved place by foreigners as they can come here and enjoy everything about Hanoi. Here you can easily sit down and talk to travellers, just need a smile and Hi!

    --- Mia Ngo

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  • "Bánh cuốn" - The popular dish of Vietnam

    Being the popular dish which is widely well-known, “Bánh cuốn” - the plain plate with the delicate taste – has fascinated a lot of guests from many regions. How can I justly translate “Bánh Cuốn” into English? I have no idea. “Bánh” is a basic term equivalent of the English word, pastry. However, in Vietnamese “bánh” can be anything sweet or savory, from cookies to cakes and of course, pastries. “Cuốn” means to roll. With that said, this dish is called “bánh cuốn” because you take rice flour sheets aka “bánh”, you add filling and “cuốn”; roll it up...

    "Bánh cuốn" - The popular dish of Vietnam

    Being the popular dish which is widely well-known, “Bánh cuốn” - the plain plate with the delicate taste – has fascinated a lot of guesses from many regions. 

    How can I justly translate “Bánh Cuốn” into English? I have no idea. “Bánh” is a basic term equivalent of the English word, pastry. However, in Vietnamese “bánh” can be anything sweet or savory, from cookies to cakes and of course, pastries. “Cuốn” means to roll. With that said, this dish is called “bánh cuốn” because you take rice flour sheets aka “bánh”, you add filling and “cuốn”; roll it up.

    Bánh cuốn” is a Northern dish, and to my tastes it's one of the best ones. It's a frequent find on the streets of Hanoi. It is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with a mixture of cooked seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. Sides for this dish usually consist of Vietnamese pork sausage, sliced cucumber, and bean sprouts, with the dipping sauce which is fish sauce. Sometimes, a drop of “cà cuống, which is the essence of a giant water bug, Lethocerus indicus, is added to the gravy for extra flavor, although this ingredient is scarce and quite expensive.

     “Bánh cuốn” has been a favorite dish of both Hanoians and visitors from all over the world. Nowadays, there are more and more types of this dish that makes it possible for the guesses to enjoy a lot of tastes of “Bánh cuốn”. There are also many famous restaurants which serve “Bánh cuốn” with the most appetizing quality and attract a lot of foreigners. Some foreign travel magazines even write about these restaurants as a must-visit destination when travelling to Hanoi. Their attraction is that the “bánh cuốn” here is absolutely delicate, soft with the enjoyable stuffing and it is unique that the restaurant can serve “bánh cuốn” with chicken stuffing.

    While in the past, “bánh cuốn” is only used in the morning for breakfast, today it has been enjoyed everytime on a day and also used in lunch and supper. That is an obvious proof for the popularity of “bánh cuốn”.

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  • A short review on Hanoi Old Quarter's Steamed Rice

    Steamed Rice sounds familiar, doesn't it? In fact, this familiar food is a Hanoi Old Quarter's specialty that you can't ignore! 

    There are many types of steamed rice at Hanoi Old Quarter that you will definitely fall in love with. What's more interesting than having a bowl of warm and tasty steamed rice for your dinner before spend your whole night drinking cups of cold beer at Tạ Hiện with your family or friends?... 

    A short review on Hanoi Old Quarter's Steamed Rice

    Steamed Rice sounds familiar, doesn't it? In fact, this familiar food is a Hanoi Old Quarter's specialty that you can't ignore! 

    There are many types of steamed rice at Hanoi Old Quarter that you will definitely fall in love with. What's more interesting than having a bowl of warm and tasty steamed rice for your dinner before spend your whole night drinking cups of cold beer at Tạ Hiện with your family or friends?

    Steamed Rice here isn't same as the other at differents place which has familiar things inside: egg, sausage, bean, etc... You can meet the Steamed Rice with crab here! This food is popular in Hanoi recently and its strange and tasty taste soon attracts many people. The pieces of crab here aren't big but so small like salted shredded pork. It's dry and a bit salty, sometimes you will also find a little crab shells inside which is already crumbed which will bring you a strange feeling! 

    At Hanoi Old Quarter you can also find Steamed Rice with beef and pickles! Compared with other types of steamed rice, this one is cooked more carefully. The bowl of rice looks so delicious in yellow and sleeky. The beef and pickles are so soft and if you notice you will find out the taste of butter. You will eat steamed rice with pickles which is a bit sour to help you not to satiate. 

    --- Mia Ngo

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  • Quan Chuong City Gate or the Old Town gate

    Located at the end of Hang Chieu Street, this is is probably the most famous gate existing around Hanoi...

    Quan Chuong City Gate or the Old Town gate

    Located at the end of Hang Chieu Street, this is is probably the most famous gate existing around Hanoi. It is a very cool place to find yourself in front of, with all the crazy Hanoi traffic. And if you are into doing photography, this is an awesome sight!! Some of the most awesome shots of the Hanoi experience are taken here.

    However, I do recommend you check it out both during the day and when the sun is out. The streets light up and the colours of the gate change, depending on your point of view. The walls lit up in all variations of gold and reds. You could also find a place to scoff down some yummy Vietnamese food.

    Add: Hang Chieu Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

     

    --- Mia Ngo

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  • Hoan Kiem Lake 

    Located in the centre of the city, a short distance from the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake is one of Hanoi’s major landmarks. The lake is the location of an ancient legend involving the Lê dynasty emperor Lê Lợi.

    The area around Hoan Kiem Lake is home to several of Vietnam’s largest companies. Turtle Tower, a monument to the legend involving emperor Lê Lợi, sits on an island in the middle of the lake...

    Hoan Kiem Lake 

    Located in the centre of the city, a short distance from the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake is one of Hanoi’s major landmarks. The lake is the location of an ancient legend involving the Lê dynasty emperor Lê Lợi.

    The area around Hoan Kiem Lake is home to several of Vietnam’s largest companies. Turtle Tower, a monument to the legend involving emperor Lê Lợi, sits on an island in the middle of the lake. The Temple of the Jade Mountain is also located on a small island in the lake.

    This lake and its surrounding strip of park is a breath of fresh air amongst the old quarter, a place to stop for a rest and enjoy a brief moment of tranquility. In the top North West Corner of the lake there’s a very cute little rotunda and cafe where you can have a cool drink and relax.

    --- Mia Ngo

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  • A short review on Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls

    Nem Ran - Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls
    As a Hanoian, I can not forget to mention fried spring roll – a favorite one of Hanoian. Nem ran is a preferred food on special occasions such as Tet and other family festivities. Spring rolls not always go along with rice but also seen with round noodle in the mouth-watering bún nem dish...

    A short review on Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls

    Nem Ran - Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls
    As a Hanoian, I can not forget to recommend fried spring roll – a local favorite dish. Nem ran is a preferred food on special occasions such as Tet and other family festivities. Spring rolls not always go along with rice but are also served with round noodle in the mouth-watering ''bún nem'' dish.

    Fried spring rolls have different names in the north and the south of Vietnam. They are called “Nem Ran” by northerners and “Cha Gio” by southerners.

    Ingredients used for the fried spring rolls are different depending on regions but usually it comprises of lean minced pork, sea crabs or unshelled shrimps, duck/chicken eggs, pepper, edible mushroom, dried onion, salt and different kinds of seasoning. There are also special variants from the traditional pork-based roll, such as Crab spring rolls called Nem Cua Be.

    All ingredients are mixed thoroughly before being wrapped with rice paper to make small rolls. These rolls are then fried in boiling oil. The cooked rolls are usually garnished with fresh lettuce and herbs.

    --- Mia Ngo

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  • August has come! Do you know which spot is favourite the most by Hanoian - when the night falls?

    If you are now wondering about that question too, then the answer is: Bia Hoi Junction – where backpackers and expats congregate to hold party with the cheapest brew in town. Located in the centre of Hanoi Old Quarter Street – more specifically is the corner between Luong Ngoc Quyen and Ta Hien Street, Bia Hoi junction has been famous for its friendliness for such a long time...

    August has come! Do you know which spot is favourite the most by Hanoian - when the night falls?

    If you are now wondering about that question too, then the answer is: Bia Hoi Junction – where backpackers and expats gather to hold party with the cheapest brew in town. Located in the centre of Hanoi Old Quarter Street – specifically, right at the crossroad of Luong Ngoc Quyen and Ta Hien Street, Bia Hoi corner has been famous for its friendliness for such a long time. Both the roadway and pavement are always full with colorful plastic chairs for drinkers. Also, when drinking a cup of beer, you could enjoy the old architecture of Hanoi by looking at the small old houses nearby.

    You have many choices: an eventful bar named “1900” with live music played by professional DJ, a small pub serving customers acoustic music with colorful cocktails, or just a small beer and food shop on the corner of the street. Food is very cheap here – costs only $2-3 per dish, while two cups of beer are only $1. Music is free since every corner is very close to each others – while the road is narrow and always crowded.

    So, are you traveling to receive experiences? Why don’t you gift yourself a night in this spectacular place and live like a local? Then you may answer the question why Hanoian loves this town that much.

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  • Wine and Vietnamese cuisine at Green Tangerine!

    Wine and Vietnamese cuisine at Green Tangerine!

    Find out how we select the wine on this youtube link:

    Sommelier and wine selection at Green Tangerine