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Eating in Hanoi

Local food

This entry is all about food and eating local food. Breakfast is included with our furnished apartment. It is provided at a local cafe. Silly me thought there would be a big selection of western food. Instead it is a limited local menu. We have our choice of checking soup or beef and noodles or fried egg or bread. The food is delicious but not what I consider breakfast food. However I've been eating the beef and noodles with vegetables and it is delicious.

Lunch has been more challenging since we are in an office and their aren't many choices around us. First day I ate at the office cafeteria. For $1 you purchase a ticket in advance. You show up and they give you a plate with that days meal. We lucked out and had pork with noodles. It was fine but we haven't tried it again since I was told some of the choices have been fish heads and I draw the line there. Yesterday we went to the food court at Parktons dept store. It was like a food court in a mall but it was all Asian choices, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese. Nothing it English but they had pictures of the choices. I had a deep fried shrimp and found my first Pepsi light. Cost was about $2.50.

Dinners have been at cafes near the Hanoi hotel area. The streets are lined with local cafes. We are slowly working our way through each of them. Mainly been having beef with vegetables and noodles or chicken legs with noodles. We are never quite sure what we are getting but it has all been good. Cost is usually $5 for dinner including a beer.

Tonight we just found a pho stand on a sidewalk. They had the pots cooking a picnic tables set up outside. It was best pho we've had. The chicken in it was fresh and moist. Had a large beer with it. Total cost was $2. We,ve been spending at most $8 a day on meals.

Saturday I am planning on going to the grocery store. Hoping to get some oatmeal so I have alternatives for breakfast. Will post pictures of our pho stand from tonight.

Posted by mboggs 06:11

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