When I think of Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, I remember the insanely chaotic traffic where there is a distinct art to crossing the street and surviving. I remember the tranquility of the Hoan Kiem Lake surrounded by wispy green trees and ancient pagodas. I remember the theatrical water puppet show pulled out of the 11th Century to entertain me. I remember running in the sudden downpour of rain and taking shelter in a small coffee shop and drinking the best Vietnamese iced coffee and snacking on a bowl full of salty sunflower seeds .
More than anything else though I remember stumbling across a street stall when we were “lost” in the old city and sitting down on tiny old plastic stools on the footpath. The smoke from the BBQ in the gutter swirled around us as a small old woman bought us a basket of green leaves and herbs, dishes overflowing with noodles, a plate of spring rolls and a bowl full of steaming soup with barbecued pork. I had no idea what it was at the time, and it took me months of asking locals and fellow travellers to eventually figure out that it was called Bun Cha. This is possibly one of my most favourite food memories and I would travel back just to have this again. So this week, I am suffering from Wanderlust for Hanoi Vietnam.
Have you ever been to Hanoi?
What food would you travel across the world to eat?
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