July 2009

Food in Hue Vietnam-Day 4

July 25, 2009

July 7, 2009

Hue is known for its Imperial cuisine as this was once the center of the Vietnamese royalty. It’s where the Imperial City/Citadel was, where the emperors lived and where they built Royal Tombs as massive tributes to themselves before they died. According to Reid on Travel, it’s said that of Vietnam’s 1700 dishes, 1400 may come from Hue. Emperors being finicky eaters, insisted on new dishes to try and their chef’s gave them many choices in the form of small bites, or, “Vietnamese tapas” if you will. We came here hoping to live like the emperors, to see, taste, and experience all Hue has to offer.

We flew from Hanoi to Hue late in the morning, but by the time we got settled into our hotel it was well past lunch time. We set out in the bright hot humid heat, walking toward one of the …

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Paper Chef #42-And the winner is…

July 19, 2009

This month I had the honor of selecting the ingredients and judging the entries for the Paper Chef Competition because I was the winner of last month’s contest.

At random, from the list of allowable ingredients, I selected Chicken, Corn and Almonds. Because I was traveling in South East Asia I selected Asian Fish Sauce as my fourth ingredient.

You can see the all the wonderful entries on the Paper Chef Round Up Post.

Choosing a winner was very difficult. All of the entries looked interesting, and I mulled over it for days while I was still traveling in Vietnam and Thailand. Everyone had such creative interpretations of what to do with the ingredients. I guess that’s what makes the Paper Chef competition so much fun.


Now that I am home from my trip (please forgive any jet-lag induced lapses in grammar or spelling) I had to buckle down …

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Food in Hanoi Vietnam- Day 3

July 13, 2009

Hanoi, July 6, 2009

VNhangbecrab VNhangbeveg
VNHangbegrubs VNhangbemeat

Hang Be Market; clockwise-crabs tied up with rope, vegetables, unrefrigerated meat, grubs (still moving).

It only took me 3 days, but I finally found the food market. After yesterday’s disappointment, I asked at the hotel’s front desk where the food market was. It’s called “Hang Be” and it’s near the top end of Hoen Kiem Lake. We walk over there from the hotel in the morning, and finally, it’s not raining! The market is at the corner of Cau Go and Hang Be streets and forms an “L” about 2 blocks long on each side. It is outside, covered with tarps and awnings. All kinds of food are sold here; meats, vegetables, seafood, flowers, cooked and prepared food. I am impressed with how clean it is. I’ve seen a lot of “wet” markets and this one is surprisingly tidy. It does not smell (which is a …

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Food in Hanoi Vietnam-Day 2

July 10, 2009

Hanoi Day 2- July 5, 2009

We awake to dumping rain and 90 degree weather. We decide to walk to the big, old market called Dong Xuan and check out the “36 Streets” of the old quarter. We set out walking with umbrellas, locals looking at us as if we are insane. The market is a massive disappointment from a food perspective. If you’re looking for fabric, a cheap watch, or anything plastic and imported from China, this is your place. A foodie destination it is not. In fact, the only “food” I can find are stalls selling dried shrimp and dried mushrooms.

Dejected, we leave and decide on an early lunch of Bun Cha. This place came highly recommended by a friend, andby the hotel. Last night I had asked the guy at the front desk for restaurant recommendations. First he suggested the usual “safe” choices; Quon an …

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Food in Hanoi Vietnam- Day 1

July 8, 2009


We’ve just spent 3 full days exploring the food of Hanoi, Vietnam. It was certainly just a small microcosm of what is available, but delicious nonetheless.

Quon An Ngon


Our first meal was at a restaurant called Quan An Ngon (18 Phan Bo Chau St). We were brought here by our two “Hanoi Kids” guides after seeing some of the sights; the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, HCM’s stilt house and the Temple Of Literature. Quan An Ngon is in a large, villa style house, and has numerous food stations which mimic street stalls. You can order from the stalls (I think) or do as we did, order from a large menu. As we were still pretty jet lagged, we let the girls order for us; Pho ga, Pho xao gion, Beef with greens and soft noodles (what they called “dry pho”), Mi xao hai san, seafood noodles and Nam cua …

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Paper Chef #42: Vietnam Edition

July 1, 2009

In case you missed it, my Orzo Salad  was selected as the winner of  last month’s Paper Chef Competition. I was extremely thrilled and flattered to be selected. As winner, it is my duty to host and judge this month’s challenge.


What is Paper Chef? It’s an online cooking challenge where you are given 4 random ingredients and asked to create a recipe from them. You must use all 4 ingredients in the recipe though substitutions are acceptable if you do not have access to an item or have dietary restrictions.

You have from now until midnight Tuesday July 7thto create your recipe, post it on your blog and send the link to paperchef@gmail.com If you do not have a blog, that’s ok, just email the recipe and a photo. For more details on the rules and regulations go here.  Soon after the submission deadline, a …

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