Sticky business – An introduction to Xôi

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Americans go for supersized pancakes, a stereotypical English breakfast would comprise of eggs, bacons, sausages, fried bread, baked beans, and mushrooms, and a Finnish breakfast is a hot coffee with vodka accompanied by a hearty cigarette. ​Source: reddit.com Jokes aside, everybody wakes up each morning with an empty stomach and the desire to go back to sleep. Most of us do have things to attend to and roll out of bed, finish our morning routine, then head to breakfast. For many Vietnamese, breakfast is enjoyed outside. There are quite few rules to what constitutes a breakfast in Vietnam. It can range from a steamed bun to a heavy bowl of Pho

More than iced tea, the story of Vietnamese Lemon Iced Tea a.k.a Tra Chanh Ha Noi

As foreshadowed in our last blog post, we will be discussing a recreational activity unique to the Hanoians, Tra Chanh Chem Gio (Banter Iced Tea) a.k.a Tra Chanh Via He (Street Iced Tea) a.k.a Tra Chanh Ha Noi (Hanoi Iced Tea). Whichever name you call it, it is quintessentially, undeniably, a Hanoian’s drink. The drink No one can pinpoint when exactly the drink was born and when it became popular, but I distinctly recall frequenting Tra Chanh spots almost every night nearly a decade ago. The drink itself is simple. It is made with loose green tea, honey, liquorice, a few drops of lemon juice, a hint of jasmine, and ice with some variations depending on the recipe of the shop serving it. The

3 Must-try Vietnamese dishes that are NOT Banh Mi or Pho !

The Vietnamese cuisine is as rich and colorful as Vietnamese history. There’s more to discover than the publicly-acclaimed Banh Mi or Pho, which have both spawned various creative modifications (The Pho Burrito – a strange combination we can’t quite fathom yet). While we do not hate the popularity of Banh Mi or Pho, we think it’s time to shift the spotlight to other dishes in the Vietnamese cuisine. According to our team here at Vietcentric, here are the top 3 Vietnamese dishes that have been underappreciated for way too long! 1. BBQ Pork Noodle (Bún thịt nướng) – Vegetarian option available Ingredients: Mainly rice vermicelli and BBQ Pork. Bún Thịt Nướng in Vietnam is enjoyed by the locals

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