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banana donut heaven

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Okay, they aren’t *technically* called banana donuts. Real name: bánh chuối.


Super sweet banana (no added sugar) + rice flour batter + hot oil = banana donut heaven.

That’s pretty much all you need to know.

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November 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm

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.

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November 16, 2008 at 8:11 pm

fried fish hanoi style

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We spent Saturday morning at Silk Village which was recovering from the floods that plagued most of Hanoi that week. After doing our part for the Hanoi economy by indulging in many of its fine silk goods, we were starving.

This dish is now tied with pho as my favorite Vietnamese food. I hope I’m able to recreate it at home some day or find some place that serves it. This dish is a Hanoi speciality and they make it with a fish that is only found in the area. If you find yourself in Hanoi make sure to order yourself some cha ca thang long.


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November 16, 2008 at 1:08 am

having phở in hanoi

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Do you like how I whipped out the diacriticals and everything for the title? I like how the word looks with the fancy stuff on top of the ‘o’. It actually reminds me of steam coming off a piping hot bowl of phở. That makes me sound kinda crazy, doesn’t it?

I was in Hanoi this weekend to attend a wedding (Congrats Linh and Bryan!) and had a great time taking in some sights and eating plenty of good food. After taking care of some biznaz, Charif, Duong, and I were ready for lunch. After roaming around Hoàn Kiếm Lake for a bit we ended up at a phở place that Charif had tried the evening before.

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November 9, 2008 at 9:40 pm

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