When we first arrived to Hanoi we took a food tour to help us learn what to eat and how to eat it. The tour went to six places and we got to try a variety of foods. We started with Banh Coun, a steamed rice rolled pancake you add cinnamon roasted pork and fish oil to. We then tried Bun Bo Nam Bo, beef noodle salad. It is very sweet so you add rice vinegar to it to balance it with some sourness. Next we tried Banh Xeo and Nam Lui. The Banh Xeo is a crispy pancake and the Nam Lui is a grilled pork. We wrapped them in rice paper with different type of herbs and pickled green papaya to make spring rolls. We dipped them in peanut and pineapple sauce. They were delicious! We tried the pork and pate Bahn Mi (sandwich) next followed by Rice Wine and Snake Wine (Chris tried that, not me). Lastly we had a Vietnamese dessert, Che Buoi. It’s a very sweet soup made with green bean powder, ginger, lotus, coconut milk and jelly. The tour was very fun and taught us a lot about food in Vietnam.
Chris & Taylor
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