Modern Hanoi Street Food

By Edward Dalton for CNN There’s no arguing: Hanoi is a street food mecca. But humble bowls of pho and turmeric-tossed cha ca fish aren’t the only culinary draws in the capital of Vietnam. An influx of international restaurants, combined with a young population hungry for a cosmopolitan lifestyle, has opened the door for a new generation of Vietnamese cuisine. Restaurants and bars are catapulting traditional recipes into … Continue reading Modern Hanoi Street Food

Around the World in 80 Bites

Written in collaboration with Matt Cowan, Thomas Barrett and Nick Ross. From a country with no knowledge of the cuisine beyond its borders, to a place that sports international cuisine from every corner of the globe. That is the fate of Vietnam in the 20 years since the US lifted the trade embargo. So, what’s on offer? Here are 80 of the now hundreds of restaurants serving up fare from … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Bites

Vietnam Bucket List

Written in collaboration with Matt Cowan, Thomas Barrett and Nick Ross. We all have dreams, lists or ideas of things we would like to do during our lifetime, or during a certain period of our lives. Some of us even go so far as create bucket lists. So, dreamers to the end, and with the knowledge that our subject matter is wonderful, whacky, endearing Vietnam, we decided to create one … Continue reading Vietnam Bucket List

Linguini Fini

Two years since opening, Linguini Fini continues to go from strength to strength. With an extensive menu using only the freshest ingredients and home-made pastas, it’s easy to see why. The stylish Hanoi branch of this casual diner (with sister restaurants in Hong Kong and Manila) offers New York-style Italian cuisine in imposing, chic premises in Tay Ho. Dough Wars Pizza is one of those … Continue reading Linguini Fini

Behind the Bún

Every day, thousands of people pull up a stool and dig into a bowl of bun cha, that quintessential Hanoi dish. Even American presidents such as Obama are susceptible to its charm, despite being invited to try one of its lesser examples, according to most. But let’s not argue about whose bun is best. Let’s instead meet one of the families working day in, day out, to make … Continue reading Behind the Bún

Let’s Talk About Tacos

As Hanoi’s international food scene grows stronger, it’s time we celebrated the variety on offer, by looking at one very specific dish; the humble taco. A few years ago, there were no Mexican restaurants in Hanoi. In 2017, we have several to choose from. Even a few non-Mexican restaurants have jumped on the taco bandwagon, such is the diversity and mass appeal of this dish. So, … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Tacos

Bar-Rique Brasserie

Bar-Rique Brasserie is one of the restaurants under the control of Didier Corlou, the French chef-owner behind establishments including Porte D’Annam and Madame Hien. Well known for his preference for mixing French ingredients with Vietnamese flavours, Corlou has ensured Bar-Rique has an exciting menu boasting many French favourites, with unique local twists. Same Same But Different I last visited Bar-Rique around six months ago, while … Continue reading Bar-Rique Brasserie