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Our guide, Kai, was punctual which is always a nice start. He was a friendly and charming fellow who was delighted to show us his Hanoi. His English was quite good and he answered our questions as best he could.
The first stop for breakfast was at Pho Gia Truyen which was unfortunately closed so my wife and I chose Phở Gà Đặc Biệt at 1 Hàng Điếu St. We had a delicious pho bo.
The next stop was at Cafe Giang in a small lane off Nguyen Huu Huan Street . The coffee is a treat. Its fragrant Vietnamese coffee with the usual condensed milk but with a whisked egg on top-a bit like a not so sweet zabaglione.
The next stop was at an unknown place where we had banh xeo but not as I have had before. This was a steamed rice cake with a shredded shrimp and pork crackling topping rather than the expected pancake with shredded pork and prawns. Something new!
Last food stop was thankfully as we were rather full Bun Bo Nam Bo at 67 Hang Dieu
where we a traditional Vietnamese meal of beef, herbs, rice noodles with crushed peanuts, cucumber, julienned papaya and fried onions and add fish sauce and chilli.
All in all a great tour. It would have been good to have trip notes and a rudimentary map so we could more easily follow where we were and were going.
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