Tasty glutinous rice bowl in Hanoi

Hey, I miss Vietnam so much! In Belgium when you think about Vietnamese food, you can only find pho, pho isn’t bad of course, but there’s so much more varieties if food you can find in Vietnam.

I guess it’s normal, just like in the west, when it comes to Indian food, you only find chicken tikka masala or chicken curry, I remember when I first visited India, I got so confused with their menu, as nowhere you can the word “curry” in the menu lol.

So, in Vietnam, I was sooooo happy to try all kinds of local dishes!

This little restaurant is called Xoi Yen, it seemed somewhat popular, sometimes you have to queue if you want to take away, but inside there are normally seats.

Hanoi old town is touristic, you find English and Chinese language in the menu, so it’s easy to understand.

Glutinous rice is their specialty, you can choose what kind of rice you want, then choose toppings, there are so many toppings to choose from, meat, chicken, mushrooms etc.

I find it super tasty ^^

If you are in Hanoi, don’t forget to check it out!

I miss Taiwan night market food!

Have you ever been to Taiwan, it’s such a lovely place I loved it!

Well, I didn’t like it that much when I first arrived in Tainan. I thought it was modern as Japan, maybe not as modern as Tokyo but at least… but it wasn’t what I thought, Taiwan feels more nostalgic, like something you see in 80s Hong Kong movies or something.

But I quickly started to like it, I like how genuine everything is, people are warm and nice. They don’t have that many huge shopping centers like many other Asian cities, but you see various food markets, family run little restaurants in most cities. Streets are alive and vibrant.

The most wonderful thing about Taiwan is its night markets.

Here are some photos I took in various markets. I could have taken more pictures but maybe I was too busy eating.

Can you guess what those snacks are?

I love Taiwanese beef noodles!!

Colorful Cakes

Some colorful sweets I find in a market in Penang.

They look so cute.

I bought a few of each color, taste like glutinous rice based with different flavors: coconut, pandan etc.

Not sure how they achieve such bright color but I love pandan flavor, I’m so obsessed about the flavor.

Have you ever tried such sweets?

Vietnamese pancakes in Hanoi and my remarks for this restaurant

On a rainy day in Hanoi, I decided to find myself some restaurant and try some nice dishes.

The restaurant is near old train station and the famous train road in Hanoi, really great location.

It’s specialised in Vietnamese pancakes, you can see how they make food at the entrance, like many restaurants in Vietnam do.

When I went there for the first time by myself, everything was just perfect, maybe because they saw me vlogging the whole time, and they were so friendly, teaching me how to roll everything into the paper roll. I sometimes feel a bit prioritized when people especially restaurant owners thought I was a vlogger and therefore treat me nice, because you know the fact, no one really watches my vlog ^^

But then when I went back to Hanoi to meet a friend of mine. We went there eat again, they tried to give us less change back. My friend realised it luckily, because I might simply forgot to count otherwise.

Have to remember always checking the change if you go to this restaurant.

Food was nice though, I have nothing to complain about the food there, it’s traditional dishes from Mekong area, indeed similarly tasty as I later tried in Mekong Delta.