Green Papaya Salad

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Green papaya salad (Tam Mak Hung) is a spicy salad made from shredded unripe papaya. It is of Lao origin but it has become a very popular dish in Southeast Asia. And its popularity is growing across the world. The original version might be a bit spicy for Western tongues, but we still fell in love with this dish during … Read More

Pho Bo

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Life is too short to eat bad soups. Apparently this is a Vietnamese saying and we cannot think of another country which could know better. Vietnam and pho belongs together just like France and baguette. This traditional rice noodle soup (with beef or chicken) originated in the northern city Hanoi and is eaten within the whole of Vietnam. Usually as … Read More

Fried Tomato Tofu

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We cooked and ate the fried tomato tofu together with our cooking companion Hoa from Hanoi, Vietnam. This tasty vegetarian dish can be prepared very quick and easy. You can either have it as a side dish for a big Asian meal where you share lots of different dishes. But you can also combine it with some rice and have … Read More

Ripped Chicken Salad

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We received the recipe for this delicious ripped chicken salad when we were couchsurfing in Hanoi. We were hosted by Hoa, a very friendly and open-minded girl who currently works as an English teacher. The salad can be prepared quite quick and easy. And with its lovely fresh and fruity dressing it is a nice light side dish, perfectly suited … Read More

Bun Cha

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Bun Cha is a Vietnamese dish which mainly consists of grilled pork (marinated with sweet caramel sauce), rice vermicelli, fresh herbs and a delicious dipping sauce. It is one of the most famous dishes of Hanoi and can be served as lovely summertime lunch or a light dinner. It usually is served with some fresh Hanoi spring rolls which you … Read More

Hanoi Spring Rolls

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Hanoi spring rolls or simply “nem” are a very popular dish and appear on almost every menu in Hanoi. Especially the Hanoians are very proud of this tasty dish which can either be eaten as the perfect starter or a side dish. These delicious and crispy spring rolls are different than the fried spring rolls most people know: They are … Read More

Banana Flower Salad

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We first ate the banana flower salad in Hanoi, Vietnam. In most Asian countries the banana flower is treated like a vegetable. The taste is slightly bitter but the rich, creamy and crunchy inner leaves add a delicious taste to this salad. In case you cannot find a banana flower, no worries. You can use a green papaya or green … Read More