Friday, January 1, 2016

Delicious Ha Noi - Ngon!

Ngon means delicious in Vietnamese. It's also one of the most recommended restaurants for tourists if you want to eat like the locals do.  I saw several restaurants with "Ngon" on its name, hence its difficult to identify which one is the real Ngon!

In Hanoi, Phan Boi Chau street is very famous to many people. It is the crossroads between Phan Boi Chau and Nam Ngu street. Today there resides the restaurant “Quan An Ngon” at 18, Phan Boi Chau street.

Due to some business transformation, they have renamed the old "Quan An Ngon" into its present name: "Nha Hang Ngon".  You can even notice in their Facebook page, the restaurant name difers its official website address.

In a Singapore newspapers, Reuters released an article on August 10, 2010, on Quan An Ngon after this restaurant was voted to amongst the best dozen restaurants in Asia for 2010. 

It was also voted as one of the five best restaurants in Vietnam in the same year by an organization specialized in monitoring restaurants system in Asia. This result is voted by the visitors all over the world, culinary experts, journalists, and writers who often write about food.

These are the sumptuous dishes we had in Nha Hang Ngon:

Mixed Seafood Mussels:

Bo La Lot :

La Lot is the leaf that wraps the minced beef.  It is grilled and cooked to perfection.

Banh Hoi Thit Heo Quay: is roast pork belly wrapped in rice paper with various herbs and rice noodles (same as putu mayam) 

Snail Soup: Bun Oc

Cha Ca La Vong: Turmeric marinated fish grilled, and fried with leaks and herbs, also wrapped in rice noodles and leaves, with sweet shrimp paste sauce.

Traditional fresh Spring roll:

Banh Xeo: Shrimp and beansprout pancake

Other than proper restaurant setting, there is also one place I would recommend, located in Hanoi Old Quarter: 

Bun Cha Dac Kim So 1,  

Visiting Hanoi and not eating bun cha (barbecued pork with rice vermicelli) with a side dish of nem cua be (sea-crab spring rolls) should be classed as a capital offence. This is an excellent spot to try this street-food classic.

Sweets and desserts are also available few blocks away from the Hoa Kiem Lake (French Quarter).  There is a factory of ice cream in one of the buildings before the stock exchange building (coming from Hoa Kiem lake).


35 Tràng Tiền - Hoàn Kiếm - Hà Nội

We had these for late night snacks: Com Ice cream and Banh Choux or Eclairs, Com is young green rice which is like pinipig.  It was indeed a complete travel experience when visiting Hanoi to try their native dishes.

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