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- What food do you like that is not Japanese?
- What food do you want to try the most?
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Served in a pan with herbs, this noodle dish with turmeric-spiced fried catfish is so exceptional that a road in Hanoi is named after it — Cha Ca street. Aside from this, cha ca was first created by the Doan family more than 130 years ago to serve as meals to Vietnamese troops during the French colonial rule.
Banh tom, or shrimp cakes, have only four main ingredients: flour, sweet potato, and freshwater crayfish or shrimp from West Lake. The fried shrimps are served whole wrapped in lettuce leaves, and have chili, lime juice and fish sauce as dipping. This dish is believed to have existed in the 1930s when stall vendors gathered along Thanh Nien street, a road in between West and Trúc Bạch lakes.
Bun ca is known in Hanoi as a lunchtime staple and can be found nearly everywhere. This dish is a fish noodle soup that consists of fried fishcakes, green onions, tomatoes, and herbs. According to Mark Lowerson, founder of Hanoi Street Tours, adding lime, vinegar and herbs to bun ca will give customers a balance of salty, sour, sweet and spicy.
Bun Rieu Cua
Bun rieu is another seafood noodle soup but with crab meat and blanched tomatoes as its main ingredients. Tidbits of fried tofu add to the dish’s crunchiness, whereas tamarind paste contributes to the broth’s sourness. Depending on the region, bun rieu can be topped with beef, pork, fish, or snail.
Ca Phe Trung
Want egg and coffee for breakfast? Why not have them both in one delicacy? Ca phe trung — which literally translates to “egg coffee” — is a Hanoi specialty of beaten egg yolk with condensed milk on Vietnamese coffee. You can choose between two versions: cold (which is more of a flavored ice cream and dessert) and hot egg coffee.
- What food is named after a road in Hanoi?
- What did Lowerson say about bun ca?
- According to the article, where can people buy and eat pho?
- How many versions does ca phe trung have?
- What contributes to the sourness of bun rieu’s broth?
- Have you tried any Vietnamese food? If so, what was it?
- What can you say about the five Vietnamese cuisine listed in the article?
- What are other popular Japanese food aside from ramen and sushi?
- Why do you think it is interesting to learn more about other countries’ cuisine?
- When you think about traveling abroad, what do you usually want to do or try out first?