Vietnamese Food & Drink

Bia Hoi Hanoi (fresh beer)

Hanoi has been named one of the cheapest and best places to drink fresh beer in Asia by travel guides and journalists, thanks to its lively drinking culture. Many tourists look forward to the chance to join local Hanoians and enjoy the city’s famous Bia Hoi (fresh beer) – a light-bodied pilsner without preservatives that is

Sai Gon beer

SABECO beer producer has factories in every part of Vietnam; however, it is more preferred in the South and Centre Vietnam market than the Northern market. The major products of this producer is bottled beer, however canned beer brand “333” is also popular with a reasonable price. The bottled beer product line of SABECO includes some

Vietnamese wine

With the easing of government restrictions, both commercial and cultural, the past ten years have seen a welcome increase in wine importing and awareness. You can now find a good quality Bordeaux in most upscale and many mid-range restaurants or chic wine bars and shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Nevertheless, while international wines are making

Ice Lemon Tea

Spending VND10,000 (US$0.48) for a cup of ice lemon tea, taking a canvas or a plastic chair and talking from 7pm to 11pm: that’s what hundreds local youths have done over the last two months in the area. The drinks were first sold at some small street coffee shops and then spread widely in Hanoi

Green tea- Trà xanh

In Vietnam, tea is said to appear in almost every social activities: from wedding, birthday to anniversary and ritual ceremonies. A cup of hot tea in the early morning after breakfast, some iced tea at “quán cóc” – the roadside-make-shift shop while waiting for a friend, or a whole day chilling out in a teahouse; that is

Steamed bun dumpling cake- Bánh bao

Bánh Bao is a Chinese steamed bun dumpling cake, but we Vietnamese grow up and enjoy this dish very much. It is sold at Vietnamese market, Vietnamese fast food store, Chinese, Vietnamese restaurants, and virtually you can find it everywhere there is an Asian community. Simply, it’s convenient: you can eat it for breakfast, for

Green bean cake- Bánh đậu xanh

On every first day of the lunar month, market vendors produce these little cakes for sale at their stalls. They’re a popular offering at altars for the ancestors and can, of course, be enjoyed by the living after the joss sticks have burnt down.   In addition, the green bean cake (Banh Dau Xanh) is

Plain rice flan- Bánh đúc

Plain rice flan- Bánh đúc is considered one of the most rustic and simple cakes in Hanoi cuisine, but the way to serve it varies thanks to Hanoian gastronomists. “Bánh đúc lạc” is the most popular in the north. The main ingredients are non-glutinous rice flour or corn-flour and peanut. Firstly, grind soaked rice with

Vietnamese donut- Bánh rán

Vietnamese Donut – “Bánh rán” is a delicious finger food for breakfast inVietnam. There are two main kinds of bánh rán, namely salty cake and sweet one with the latter being much more common than the former. While the filling of sweet cake is sweet mashed mung bean, that of salty cake is quite similar to

Banana Blossom Salad – Nộm hoa chuối

It is used to a rustic dish that now turns to be a specialty in Vietnam cuisine. In the south, it is called “gỏi hoa chuối”. It is such a lifetime experience being exposed to its explosion of different flavors and amazing texture contrasts. The cooking this Banana Blossom Salad– Nom Hoa Chuoi begins with