This is a walking tour of Hanoi, focussing not-exclusively on street food. You are accompanied by a renowned food blogger – an Australian hospitality industry insider who has an enormous passion for Vietnam’s country’s food and culture. His blog is where he has documented his food and culture adventures since 2005, making quirky observations which have found their way into both the local and international media. His experience managing some of Hanoi’s finest dining establishments along with his passionate interest in street-food (he’s shared many hours trawling the street stalls and markets) make him the genuine, local authority on Hanoi’s food scene.
The tour usually starts in the Old Quarter at Thanh Ha market. Along the way you will try delicacies, strange food items and listen to an on-going commentary of Vietnamese food practices. This busy, eclectic market is alive with the sights and sounds of Hanoi and is the essence of Vietnamese culture. Sample some local treats such as pho tiu and bun dau as your guide explains the routine of Vietnam meal times and indigenous/unusual ingredients eaten. See dried goods and aromatics, the essentials of Vietnamese cuisine as you stroll up ‘food alley’, to see other dishes on offer. At the end of the tour stop at one of the Old Quarter busiest (yet smallest) coffee shops for a well-earned sit down and coffee before transferring back to your hotel.
This tour can be taken in the morning or afternoon.