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Signature local foods you should try in Hue

Signature local foods you should try in Hue

With a rich history, Hue claims several distinctive dishes, from small and delicate creations originally created to please the appetites of Nguyen feudal lords, emperors to lusty, fiery street-level soups and sausages with complex, explosive and satisfying flavors.Bun Bo HueBun Bo Hue is a popular Vietnamese spicy beef noodle soup meant Hue beef noodle soup, contain rice vermicelli and beef. Bun Bo Hue is originally from Hue that why its name to recognized as a label.Hue beef noodle soup usually includes medium cooked beef, that you add fresh beef straight to the bowl and add hot broth over it or beef shank, pig’s feet meat or pork. It can also include cubes of pig or beef blood. And a texture maybe same as black pudding. Sliced spring onion and onion is added on top. Preparing the Bun Bo Hue broth is by simmering beef bones and pork bones and lemongrass, onion, shallot, ginger.Local people eat Bun Bo Hue with mixing salad such as sliced banana blossom, lettuce, mint, basil, mung bean sprout. Fish sauce, lime wedge and fresh chili is also on the side.Com HenThe name means “clam rice”, a rather understated label for a chaotic bowl of contrasting colors, tastes and textures, rice or rice noodles, tender stir-fried clams, crisp pork cracklings, peanuts, bean sprouts, julienned green apples, glass noodles, fried shallots and herbs, with a bowl of hot clam broth that you can add as you wish.Nem LuiFinely ground beef and pork, plus shredded pork skin and fat, garlic, sugar and fish sauce are formed into sausages around stalks of lemongrass, grilled over charcoal and set in front of diners. This is served with half-moons of rice paper (for wrapping around the meat), to which you add sliced lettuce, cucumbers and Trai Va (a green fig unique to the region), lightly pickled strings of carrot and green papaya, cold rice vermicelli and a pile of herbs.Banh KhoaiBanh khoai is a type of crepe fried in oil or lard. Locals often add duck eggs to make the color of the cake turn into a medium yellow and the eggs also contribute a powder-spongy texture, which is different from “Banh Xeo” which is also yellow, but due to turmeric powder. Banh Khoai is topped with shrimp, pork, and served with lettuce, herbs, coriander, and a few slices of sour bananas and star fruit.Banh EpIf you want an off-the-beaten-track experience in Hue, Banh Ep is absolutely the one you should try. Different from the above dishes, the ingredients of Banh Ep include tapioca flour and the filling (egg, pate, jerky, meat, or any combination of them).Banh Ep is a light food which is often eaten by the youth. The Hue old people do not choose to eat it. It is so popular among the young people, that Hue has many streets which are called Banh Ep streets like Nguyen Du st., or Nhat Le St.Banh Loc GoiBanh loc is a typical Hue snack in which a tapioca flour-based dough is stuffed with caramelized shrimp and pork. In this version, called Banh Loc Goi, the dumpling is wrapped and tied in lightly oiled banana leaves, and the packets are tied together in pairs, using banana leaf strips, and steamed. Open the parcel, remove the cake to a plate and spoon over a combination of fish sauce, vinegar, shrimp stock, sugar, water and fresh chiles.Source: Internet
A guide to local food in Nha Trang

A guide to local food in Nha Trang

Nha Trang is one of the most attractive destinations for international tourists in Vietnam. It is not only famous for the pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving, but also for its special cuisine.Jellyfish vermicelli (Bún sứa)Jellyfish vermicelliJellyfish vermicelli is one of the delicacies creating the culinary pride of Nha Trang. This dish can be cooked from a small specie of thumb-sized thick white jellyfish taken from remote islands. Part of noodle broth is extremely tasty and significant smell thanks to be cooked from ponyfish with an addition of fish cakes. The cook only puts noodle and vegetables in a bowl, adding some fresh jellyfish and slices of cha ca (fish ball), then pour hot broth onto the bowl, then your jellyfish vermicelli is ready to enjoy.Nha Trang squid pancake (Bánh xèo mực Nha Trang)Nha Trang squid pancakeSquid pancakes in Nha Trang are similar to pancakes in Saigon but the size is smaller and more crispy. In addition to the required ingredients, these pancakes also have fresh squid and shrimp. All squid are fresh and taken from the wharf. Then, they are washed and cooked immediately to preserve the freshiness. After a while, the ink inside the squid bursts, blending out. Having banh xeo with fresh vegetable and delicious sour, spicy fish sauce will create an extremely bold flavor which you find it hard to forget.Beo cake (Bánh bèo)Beo cakeBanh beo (water fern cake) is a small circular steamed rice cake with a dimple in the center. In the dimple, you will find shrimp powder, scallions, and mung bean paste. Banh beo can be found all around Vietnam, but in Nha Trang, it tends to be smaller in size. You can easily eat 10 banh beo at a time.Lac Canh’s grilled beef (Bò nướng Lạc Cảnh)Lac Canh’s grilled beefThe secret of making perfect grilled beef lies on the recipe of mixing beef with honey and more than ten kinds of spices. The recipe is handed down from generation to generation, and only known to specific members of restaurant owner’s family. Customers are free to grill the beef and enjoy the dish in their own way. Lac Canh’s grilled beef is also favored by tourists that it appears in many famous international travel guides.Can Cake (Bánh Căn)Can CakeThis tiny rice cake is very popular in South Central and South of Vietnam. This dish is made from rice flour, fat, onion, eggs, especially in Nha Trang, Banh Can also has shrimp, fresh squid. Rice is soaked in water until being soft then milled into liquid powder. The secret to have tasty, crispy cakes is when mixing rice flour, cooks often add a little flour made from dried rice. Can Cake is served with sweet, sour fish sauce and fresh vegetables. This is a favorite dish not only for locals but also for travelers, especially in the afternoon.Source Hiasia
Where to have the best street foods in Yangon, Myanmar

Where to have the best street foods in Yangon, Myanmar

Street food in Yangon is arguably some of the best in all of Southeast Asia. Most visitors have found that street food vendors in Yangon are serving up dishes that visitors will not soon forget. Here is an insider’s guide to the best street food in Yangon.19th Street in ChinatownAll of the different Chinatowns around the world continue to impress even the most avid of foodies. The Chinatown in Yangon is no exception, with one particular stretch of road seemingly doing the most in regards to the cuisine it serves up nightly. While 19th Street in Chinatown is an otherwise inconspicuous road between 20th and Sint Oh Dan Street, this authentic neighborhood is teeming with delicious eats, with Chinese noodle shops and dim sum restaurants giving this road a run for its money.In Yangon, no road is busier with hungry diners after dark like 19th Street is. This stretch of road is best known for its cold beers and wide array of barbecue skewers. The meat, seafood, and vegetables stabbed with tiny wooden spears sit out along the street, allowing hungry patrons to browse the stretch of restaurants and stalls before deciding on their perfect meal. The food here is a bit more expensive when compared to other destinations for street food, but it is well worth the few extra dollars—if not for the experience alone.Night Market on Strand RoadThe sounds one would expect in a large kitchen fill the air. Metal spoons circle woks spitting oil. Vendors shout out orders in Burmese, and diners eagerly await their meals. All of this describes the scene along Strand Road. Shan, Chinese, Thai, Burmese—you name the type of cuisine, and the night market along Strand Road is sure to have it.In comparison to 19th Street, visitors to the market along Strand Road will be hard-pressed to find any other foreigner in sight. The area is within walking distance of Chinatown (some consider it to be a part of it), so visitors to 19th Street who find themselves craving just a bit more should make the short walk to this area, located along the river, though the water is hard to see at night when the market is the busiest.The many food stalls sit underneath colorful tents and feature woks, grills, and more, all of which are ready to cook up some of the most delicious food in town. Because very few foreigners frequent this area, the prices are incredibly affordable, and hardly a menu at any one of these vendors has the name of dishes or pricing in English. Therefore, before chowing down, diners will have to meander about until finding something that looks desirable, and then they will have to point to it.Little IndiaVegetarians and vegans alike will be happy to hear that Yangon’s streets are home to a rather voluptuous area dubbed Little India. Many Indians made their way to Myanmar after the country was no longer under British rule. The locals not only mimicked their style to update their traditional look, but they also adopted some of their neighboring country’s most delicious dishes. Visitors will not only find chapathi with curry in this area for as little as 1,300 kyats but also entire restaurants dedicated to vegetarian and vegan travelers. Visitors will also discover a wide array of Nepalese cuisine at many of the eateries located in Little India.Maha Bandula ParkLocated just adjacent to the Sule Pagoda is Maha Bandula Park, a green space located in the heart of Yangon and known for the large, white monument that sits at the park’s core. The oftentimes stressful city seems to blend into the background for those visitors meandering Maha Bandula Park, as picnicking couples and winding walkways seemingly surround them.Though the park is a place where people go to relax, this green space is home to many street food stalls that sit along its exterior, especially to the north. The entire length of the park on the one side—flanked by Maha Bandula Park and City Hall, which is just opposite the busy Maha Bandoola Road—features delicious and affordable eats. Street vendors have everything one needs here to appease even the pickiest and largest of appetites, with skewers, smoothies, noodle-based dishes, and many other delicacies.Source: Internet
6 famous Indian foods to try in Malaysia

6 famous Indian foods to try in Malaysia

You might not think of Malaysia as a hotbed for Indian cuisine, but any respectable foodie will love the Malaysian take on the subcontinent’s dishes. Malaysian Indian food make up the most popular restaurant choices in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, enhancing the local food scene with their liberal use of fragrant spices and curries along with healthy vegetarian options.Nasi KandarPerhaps the most common Malaysian Indian food, nasi kandar is simple and delicious. You get a choice of meat, fried chicken, vegetables, or seafood on white rice; several small scoops of different rich curries are then added on top. A green vegetable can be added on the side. The most popular choices found in Mamak stalls are chicken, fish, prawns, squid, beef, and mutton; pork is never served.Mee GorengThe Malaysian Indian food answer for noodles, mee goreng is simply stir-fried yellow noodles served with diced potatoes, bean sprouts, and chilies. The gravy is made from tomato puree with a squeeze of lime to balance the sweetness. Some places add crushed peanuts on top.MurtabakMurtabak is a small, delicious sandwich of curried meat or vegetables between two pieces of chewy roti canai. Like all bread snacks, murtabak is served with rich lentil and dhall dipping sauces.Nasi BiryaniOffered as a pricier upgrade from white rice, nasi biryani is a yellow rice packed with complex flavors. Cumin, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, and a staggering arsenal of other pungent spices create a unique taste that will have you hooked on the first bite.ChapatiMuch like a Mexican tortilla, chapati is a thin wrap made from whole wheat flour cooked on a flat surface. Chapati is usually made to order and is stuffed with your choice of meat or vegetables in curry sauce. Chapati is a delicious, healthy choice for vegetarians.DosaSometimes spelled as "thosai", dosa is a South Indian dish thought to be over 900 years old. A thin crepe made from pounded rice and lentils is fried golden-brown on one side only, then folded around meat or vegetables. Dosa is a good Malaysian Indian food choice for people with wheat allergies.Source: Internet
Best restaurants to dine in Da Lat

Best restaurants to dine in Da Lat

After a day of exploring the beautiful highland resort town of Da Lat, you’ll want to fill up on some delicious, locally-grown food straight from the lush hills themselves. Lucky for you there are plenty of options.Góc Hà ThànhGóc Hà Thành serves authentic Vietnamese dishes in a small and intimate space with wooden walls and furniture, made to look like a countryside home. The menu is one of the best in town, and none of the dishes can be singled out as lacking. Order a large spread of dishes and eat family style. We recommend the coconut curry chicken, stir-fried morning glory, fresh spring rolls, and the caramelised fish in clay pot. To go with it, get some rice wine, which is also home-made and notoriously strong (yet goes down quite smoothly). If you’re going to drink a bunch, make sure to call a Grab instead of driving yourself.Artist AlleyArtist Alley is one of the most popular eateries in Da Lat. With an affordable menu that focuses on French and Vietnamese cuisine, you’ll be enjoying your meal in a cosy atmosphere, with a live guitar being gently strummed in the background. Living up to its name, there are unique paintings and scultpures scattered around the venue (and it is, non-surprisingly, located down a quiet alley). Tables are candlelit come evening, making it a good option to take your amour on a romantic date – the vibes here seem a world away from the busy streets of Dalat.K'BE Wood Fired Pizza and BBQIn an often cold and rainy city like Da Lat, sometimes a hot cheesy wood-fired pizza is just what you need. K’BE Wood Fired Pizza and BBQ is an expat-owned restaurant near Langbiang Mountain, where you can enjoy some authentic Western cuisine – often a welcome change from all the rice and noodles. All pizzas listed on the menu are equally delicious, and ingredients are sourced directly from farmers of the K’Ho ethnic minority. Try the margherita for 125,000 VND ($5.35 USD), the slow-cooked BBQ pork ribs for 250,000 VND/kg, and the mashed potatoes that come at 75,000 VND. You’ll leave feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.Le RabelaisLe Rabelais at the Da Lat Palace Hotel (built in 1922) is another luxurious French restaurant that occupies the grandest of dining rooms and a spectacular terrace looking down on the lakeshore. It’s the perfect choice for a night of celebration, where you will be surrounded by glamorous interiors and attentive staff who will treat you like royalty. Recommended dishes include steamed lobster in chilli orange sauce and grilled shrimp with creamy fresh leek and vanilla sauce. Set dinner menus are priced from 1,300,000 VND ($56 USD), which isn’t too bad for such a fancy place. Dress well.Restaurant IchiFor a little taste of Japan, head over to Restaurant Ichi. The menu is small, giving chefs the breathing space to prepare food to perfection. Make sure to order a generous selection of dishes such as the edamame, katsudon and the spicy tuna rolls. Despite being a little on the pricey side, it’s worth the splurge. Reservations are advised as the place can get quite full. Choose to sit downstairs – you’ll have front row seats to watch the chefs in action.Source: Internet
Where to eat out in Sapa

Where to eat out in Sapa

Given that Sapa is no stranger to tourists and the post-colonial French influence, it’s no surprise that this little town is dotted with many good restaurants serving local and international cuisine. If you’re planning your trip and worried about where to eat in Sapa, quit worrying because there are plenty of options, even for vegetarians. Antique Sapa    A simple and high value for money restaurant that does a very good Set Menu. Now a lot of restaurants in Sapa try to attract tourists with local Set Menus that are about $4-5 that consist of a starter, main dish and beverage (hot wine or tea) but not all of them are comparable in terms of taste, quality or portion size. Antique Sapa ranks very high on all of these and has one of the best Set Menus with generous portions and meals that will make you fall in love with local food.Little Sapa  Little Sapa is best for its truly authentic and very reasonable Vietnamese food. The prices are among the lowest in Sapa town (meals cost $2-$5) and the quality of food is still very high. The staff does not speak a lot of English so be patient while ordering, they do understand and get it right most of the time. The restaurant sees a good mix of local patrons and tourists. The fiery garlic sauce that sits on all tables is a great accompaniment to most dishes.Baguette & Chocolat   This is essentially a pricy French café that does great croissants, stuffed baguettes, all day breakfasts, eggs, coffee and desserts.Recommendations: Baguette with sautéed zucchini, eggplant, white onions and pureed tomatoes, Hunter’s Omelette, Chocolate Croissant, Lemon tart (pictured) and  Apple and goats cheese spring rolls.The LizardGood for Vietnamese food and friendly service. Staff is very helpful if you’re undecided about what to order. Price range is similar to most restaurants with meals costing between $4-$5.Recommendations: Tofu curry with mushrooms, eggplant in a clay pot with steamed rice and Chicken Spring rolls with egg and vegetables.Source: Internet
Do not miss the famous snacks and street food in Vietnam

Do not miss the famous snacks and street food in Vietnam

From the south’s frenetic Ho Chi Minh City to the urban maze of Ha Noi in the north, the streets of Vietnam are paved with snacks. Ordered from vendors across Vietnam, this street food odyssey reveals the breadth of the country’s culinary ingenuity.Let’s find them and then fill in your stomach with those wonderful dishes!Banh Tieu (Vietnamese Donuts)Banh Tieu (Vietnamese Donuts)Looking alike to donuts in western countries but the taste is totally different. It is said that the Banh Tieu originated from China. It is fried with oil in a big pan for around 40 minutes. Banh Tieu is time-consuming due to many steps in processing them. It costs over 2 hours. When you order the Banh Tieu, the sellers fry them quickly again to keep those always hot. That is a breakfast of many Vietnamese locals.Banh Trang NuongBanh Trang NuongDemonstrating the myriad of culinary ideas that have been applied to the humble rice grain, Banh Trang Nuong is the result of grilling rice paper, creating something akin to an incredibly crisp pancake. A convenient snack for a street market stroll, expect to find a fried filling of spring onions, minced pork, dried shrimps and shallots, liberally squirted with sweet soy sauce and sriracha.Suong Sam (Tiliacora Triandra Jelly)Suong Sam (Tiliacora Triandra Jelly)Tiliacora Triandra is the name of leaf that people make jelly. It is a refreshing drink in the hot summer. The combination of a few simple ingredients such as Tiliacora Triandra leaves, sugar, and ice is a perfect match for the thirst. Preparation may cost 1-2 hours.In order to save time, the locals choose to buy the ones which already cooked. They just put it in the glass then adding some sugar and ice. Let’s enjoy!Banh Sau Rieng (Durian Crepe)Banh Sau Rieng (Durian Crepe)There are many kinds of pancakes in Asia in general and Vietnam in particular such as Banh Xeo (from Mekong Delta), Banh Khot (from Vung Tau) and Banh Can (from Ninh Thuan). They should be eaten right after cooking so their flavors and textures still remain unchanged. On the other hand, durian crepes are made and then kept in the refrigerator to make sure they will be fresh to eat and ready to serve in the hot weather.  Durian crepe is not crispy and crunchy compared to hot pancakes, it is a soft and creamy cake with a bit of sweet taste. If you are durian lovers, durian crepe is for you.Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls)Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls)Goi cuon consist of thin vermicelli noodles, pork slices, shrimp, basil, and lettuce, all tightly wrapped in translucent banh trang (rice papers). Due to its subtle flavour, goi cuon is usually dipped into ground chillies and a hoisin-based dipping sauce topped with crushed peanuts. This popular snack or appetiser is also a healthier alternative to cha gio, which is a deep-fried egg roll made with a combination of mung bean noodles, minced pork, and various spices.Banh Cam Thit HeoBanh Cam Thit HeoThe traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is intractable, the moped torrent weaves around pedestrians and often floods onto pavements, but it never, ever stops. In this city of perpetual movement, a roadside Banh Cam Thit Heo is a good spectator snack. These pork and quail’s-egg dumplings are deep fried, sprinkled with sesame and mainly found in Ho Chi Minh City.Source Internet
Top 5 ideal places for food lovers in Da Lat

Top 5 ideal places for food lovers in Da Lat

Da Lat has a lively local food scene and the city’s cool temperatures are conducive to mouth-watering barbecues, hotpot and sizzling hotplate dishes, and more. Let’s fill your stomach with these places.K'BE Wood Fired Pizza and BBQK'BE Wood Fired Pizza and BBQPhoto FoodyK'BE Wood Fired Pizza and BBQ is an expat-owned restaurant near Langbiang Mountain, where you can enjoy authentic western cuisine during your holiday in Da Lat. As the name suggests, all dishes here are prepared in a wood-fired oven for a smoky flavour. Service is quick and attentive, while ingredients are sourced directly from K'Ho ethnic group farmers. Location: Lac Duong Town, Lac Duong, Da LatTiem Mi Tau CaoTiem Mi Tau CaoThis is a great place for a Chinese classic that is popular all over Vietnam. Mi hoanh thanh (wonton noodle soup) is an egg noodle soup with pork dumplings, ground pork and pork slices in a sweet, clear broth. This is another hearty soup for those cold, grey Dalat days. Tiem Mi Tau Cao is a small, busy place that is open to the street. It is open all day but gets particularly busy in the mornings when locals dressed in heavy coats huddle over their steaming bowls for warmth. The price for a bowl of soup is 40,000VNĐ ($2).Location: 217 Phan Dinh Phung, Da LatGoc Ha ThanhGoc Ha ThanhGoc Ha Thanh serves authentic Vietnamese dishes in a small and intimate space with wooden walls and furniture, made to look like a countryside home. The menu is one of the best in town, and none of the dishes can be singled out as lacking. Order a large spread of dishes and eat family style. If you are going to drink a bunch, make sure to call a Grab instead of driving yourself.Location: 51 Truong Cong Dinh, Da LatQuan Hoa SuaQuan Hoa SuaThis place serves a variety of warming drinks for those cold Da Lat nights such as hot soy milk, green bean ‘brew’, and peanut ‘coco’. The latter is a bit like drinking smooth peanut butter but without the sweetness. There is a selection of little pastries to dunk in your hot drink. Quan Hoa Sua is not much more than a hole-in-the-wall but there is usually a good crowd here sitting on the tiny plastic stools on the pavement from sunset. Drinks and pastries are very cheap: 5,000VNĐ ($0.25).Location: 64 Tang Bat Ho, Da LatXuan Huong Lake Xuan Huong Lake Xuan Huong Lake is truly the heart of Da Lat. Besides being the main recreational area for the residents, it also serves as the town’s night kitchen. Many street vendors set up their shops along the banks of the lake in the evening and stay open until about 22:00 or so. Certain streets around the lake are turned into pedestrian areas over the weekend which makes it so much easier to stroll around and enjoy the food and atmosphere.Tourists can even do some shopping for inexpensive souvenirs at the same time too. Among the local, their favourite ones are beef rice noodles, BBQ squid, boiled shellfish, hot soya drinks, all cheap and delicious. A must-try is local coffee served in a stainless steel container that acts like a filter.Location: Along the banks of the Xuan Huong LakeSource Internet
The best local dishes you must try in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The best local dishes you must try in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The best local dishes you must try in Chiang Mai, ThailandLike Bangkok, Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations. It receives millions of visitors annually. With so many tourists flocking to Chiang Mai each year, it is not surprising that the city has a wealth of restaurants to choose from.If you are heading up north and wondering what is the best dishes in Chiang Mai, here is the list for you. Kanom Jeen Nam NgiawKanom Jeen Nam NgiawThis dish is packed full of smoky, tangy flavor. True to Northern Thai food style, this curry has no coconut milk but is flavored with beef or pork, tomatoes, and dried smoky chilies. The broth is a deep rust red color, slightly pungent and a little oily, but full on delicious. Yes, it is spicy (and probably the spiciest dishes on this list), but it is definitely worth braving up and trying.Sai OuaSai OuaA fiery starter dish, sai oua is northern-style sausage made from ground pork, dried chilies, garlic, shallots and a range of pungent herbs and spices. It looks very similar to northeastern-style sausage when seen on a charcoal grill but tastes drastically different – sai oua is more meaty and rich with herbal aromas as well as chilies.Kwai TeawwKwai TeawwDirectly translated to mean “stir-fried rice cake strips”, this popular noodle dish is a favorite in Singapore and Malaysia. You can find ingredients in this tasty dish that include prawns, blood cockles, bean sprouts, chives, sausage, fish cake and more.This dish is not the healthiest option as it was originally used to serve laborers who needed large amounts of energy and nutrients to complete their tasks.Miang KhamMiang KhamA traditional finger food, miang kham is a do-it-yourself starter dish. One serving consists of fresh betal leaves (for wrapping), sweet syrup and a variety of fillings, usually sliced shallots, fresh red or green chilies, diced ginger, diced garlic, diced lime, dried small shrimp and roasted grated coconut. One bite can have all or some of the fillings, it is totally up to you.Nam Prik OngNam Prik OngThe dip itself looks like Bolognese sauce, a very thick, chunky tomato sauce loaded with ground pork. It is served in a small bowl, which is usually served alongside a larger platter featuring raw or parboiled slices of cabbage, long beans, okra, cauliflower, and eggplant. It can also be served with fried pork cracklings called kap moo, boiled eggs, and Thai sausages.Gaeng Hang LayGaeng Hang LayA yellow curry with a tamarind-based soup, pork chunks, shallots and shrimp paste, its origins are in Burma, but the adapted northern Thai version uses less oil. With no coconut cream as the ingredient, the texture is less thick than green curry and rich with spices. Some might find gaeng hang lay an acquired taste, but, it is a real winner.Source Internet