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Mỳ gà tần – an irresistible comfort when winter comes

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Mỳ gà tần is a sound combination of instant noodles, mugwort, and oriental herbs. With such not only yummy but super healthful ingredients, it is a common dish for sick people, especially after they have recovered. Not long ago, when I caught the terrible flu, each day, my mother bought me a portion of this dish. Despite my having no appetite, the noodles were pretty enjoyable and fragrant with the smell of chicken and mugwort mixed with different types of herbs which are particularly good for one’s recovery. Best served when hot, this would not be the top choice in boiling summers, but in bleak winters in Hanoi.

Bun Bo Hue – A great balance of flavors

Bun Bo Hue – A great balance of flavors

Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef noodle soup) is a specialty of Hue – the former capital of Vietnam. The name is to distinguish beef noodle soup from Hue and other provinces. Although the major components are also rice vermicelli and beef, what makes the dish distinctive is the perfect balance of its spicy, sour, salty, and sweet flavors. Nonetheless, the predominant flavor sometimes comes from lemongrass, one of the indispensable ingredients to create a superb bowl of Bun Bo Hue

Bánh trôi tàu – A warm Vietnamese dessert for a sweet tooth

If you find yourself wandering on the streets of Hanoi on a late winter evening, a short stop at a “Bánh Trôi Tàu” vendor is much-needed to warm your body up in the stinging cold weather. Being lesser-known to tourists than bánh mì or other kinds of noodles, yet bánh trôi tàu is a favorite street food of the residents of Hanoi when chilly breezes sweep through the city.