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- renowned /ri-NOUND/
- date /deyt/
- congregate /KONG-gr-geyt/
- dill /dil/
- blanch /blanch/
[adjective] – famous for something
The new restaurant in town is renowned for its desserts.
[verb] – to say how long something has existed or when it was made
It’s a tradition that dates back to the 14th century.
[verb] – to gather together in a large group
More group of people are congregating at cafes these days.
[noun] – an herb whose seeds and leaves are used to flavor foods in cooking
Please don’t add dill on the dish. I don’t really like it that much.
[verb] – to put vegetables or similar foods into boiling water for a few minutes to make them white, remove the skins, get rid of strong flavours, or prepare them for freezing
Blanch the spinach in boiling water for 30 seconds.
Cha ca is a noodle dish with turmeric-spiced fried catfish served in a pan with herbs. Hanoians consider this meal to be so exceptional that a road in the capital is named after it — Cha Ca street. The dish dates back to more than 130 years and was first created by the Doan family, who served the meal to troops during the French colonial rule.
Hanoi-style banh tom, or shrimp cakes, have limited ingredients: flour, sweet potato, and freshwater crayfish or shrimp from West Lake. The fried seafood is served whole, with lettuce leaves as wrapping and chili, lime juice and fish sauce as dipping. Banh tom is considered to have existed in the 1930s when small street vendors congregated along Thanh Nien street, a road in between West and Trúc Bạch lakes.
Lunch time in Hanoi is never the same without Bun Ca. A fish noodle soup that consists of fried fishcakes, dill, green onions, tomatoes, and perilla, a mint-like herb, this dish can be found just about anywhere. Mark Lowerson, founder of Hanoi Street Tours, points out that adding lime, vinegar and herbs to the dish will give customers a balance of salty, sour, sweet and spicy.
Bun Rieu Cua
Crab meat and blanched tomatoes are the star of this seafood noodle soup. The broth gets its sourness from tamarind paste, while tidbits of fried tofu contribute to the dish’s crunchiness. Bun rieu can also come topped with beef, pork, fish, or snail depending on the region.
Ca Phe Trung
Why have egg and coffee separately? You can have them both combined in Hanoi. Ca phe trung — which literally translates to “egg coffee” — is a local favorite and Hanoi specialty of beaten egg yolk with condensed milk perched on Vietnamese coffee. The coffee has cold (which is more of a flavored ice cream) and hot versions, so feel free to take your pick.
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