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quán ăn ngon, hanoi

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Look closely – do you see me in the reflection of the spoon?

Linh treated all of us out to dinner on our last night in Hanoi and picked Quán ăn Ngon for the festivities. If I remember my Vietnamese lesson correctly, Quán ăn Ngon means ‘delicious eating place.’


The place was bustling with activity. There’s a small buildling with indoor seating and then a large tent covered outside area bordered by small food prep stations along the perimeter. Before ordering, Duong and Linh suggested that we take a promenade around the place to pick out things we wanted to try.


There was some of this.


Some of that. That = strips of fried eel.


This looked a lot tastier in person. However, frozen in a picture all I see are heads and skinny limbs. Shudder.

Back at the table we put in loads of orders and waited for the parade of food to begin. Boo for the picture quality. The place was pretty dim and I was rushing to snap pictures before we attacked the food.


The fried eel came in a delicious noodle dish made with glass noodles, bean sprouts, cucumbers and carrots. The eel was salty and had the texture of twice-fried beef (think: PF Chang’s sichuan beef). It was served with pickled cucumbers, bean sprouts, and carrots.


Probably one of the thinnest crepes I’ve ever seen. This one was filled with a familiar mix of bean sprouts and noodles. There was a pile of thin rice papers to wrap it up in also.


Think of char siu pork. Now take out the pork. Add beef. Make it a soup. That’s what this would be. I liked this a lot. Warm and homey with tender beef served with a crusty baguette.


Plate of random. I’m not quite sure why all of these things are served on the same plate. Suprisingly, there were some good bites in here. At the top, the soon kueh lookin rice cakes had that mochi-esque stretch to them. The undesireably-hued sausage thingy on the bottom right was delicious and tasted kinda like Spam. Okay, better than Spam. Yes, I like Spam so if something tastes like it, it shall be considered a good thing.


Green bean filled fried dough. Tastes like buchi-buchi but flakier on the outside.


Duong ordered this for us to try – sweet corn soup. Very bad picture but I liked this a lot. Very thick and kinda sticky but still soupy with bits of corn (duh). If I hadn’t been near bursting from all of the other food, I would have finished off the whole bowl.

If you’re in Hanoi and want to try a wide spectrum of Vietnamese eats, Quán ăn Ngon is a good choice. Bustling, friendly staff, lots of variety and when you’re all done…


You can order cigarettes. Or not.

Quán ăn Ngon: 18 Phan Bội Châu, Q. Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội


Written by joann

November 16, 2008 at 8:11 pm

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  1. remind me to take you to that South Indian restaurant near office. You have to try the dosa (South Indian crepe)


    November 16, 2008 at 9:08 pm

  2. I loooooove crepes. Especially savoury one’s!

    To borrow one of your terms:



    November 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm

  3. […] à voir avec Quan Ngon, à Paris, mais il semble qu’il y ait le même restaurant à […]

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