After a Whirlwind Day in Ho Chi Minh City and a lovely five days in pretty, peaceful Hoi An, Ben and I set forth to the north of Vietnam. We arrived in Hanoi at around 7pm after a long day of travelling, which left us rather tired and hungry. A good feed was in order, but bed was also beckoning. Hence we resolved to not venture far from our hotel in search of food.
Folks, the foodie Gods were shining down upon us that night. For we only had to walk three minutes before stumbling upon a street-side delight, the smell of grilling meat enticing us to pull up a tiny plastic stool.
As soon as we sat down we were presented with our very own portable grill and plates of food – beef and pork, vegetables, tomato and pineapple – a real bounty!
Salt, lime juice and chilli makes an exciting dipping sauce.
This Korean BBQ style meal, where you grill your own food on a convex hot plate, was a lot of fun. I am always a fan of interactive food! The smell coming off the grill was enough to make us jump up and do a little dance. But we didn’t – we were already standing out enough as it was.
I think the meat had been marinating in oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and the beef was just delicious, so tender. The pork was a bit fatty, so I left most of those pieces. It was all about the beef! And when the onions started to caramelise in the meat juices and get all crispy….oooooooo it was spectacular.
If you’re ever in Hanoi and up for some street food, I recommend you visit 48 Hàng Tre for street food BBQ delight.
Replenished, we headed back to our hotel and slept very soundly indeed. We stayed at The Jasmine Hotel, and were thrilled with their location and service. The next day we were up bright and early to explore charming Hanoi. What a gem this beautiful city is. More stories and adventures to come…