Now that winter has arrived, it’s time to sample Hanoi’s best winter street foods.
Sweet potatoes, roasted in their jackets, are now on every second street corner in the capital. Ask for them by the “cu” or piece – usually sell for 8,000 vnd each, depending on the size
Banana fritter stalls have just popped up this week in response to the cold weather.
Sticky rice sellers are on the streets regardless of the season, but now is the best time of the year to enjoy a hot breakfast of xoi lac (sticky rice with steamed peanuts). The price is 10,000 vnd for one parcel or “goi”. Be sure to ask for “vung” or sesame seeds when you order.
Have you ever noticed that nearly all of the arches under Hanoi’s historic elevated railway line are bricked in? There are 131 archways and all but 4 were covered in with stone and cement during the 1980s, when the government deemed the arches ” hotbeds for pollution and social disorder”. Back in the 1960s, families lived under some of the arches and in the 1970s, residents of Hanoi’s Old Quarter hid under the arches during bombing raids. New plans released this week have made most city dwellers happy – the arches will be opened and integrated into the streetscape once more.