The snacks of winter in Hanoi (part 1)

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    Winter in Hanoi very special even without snow, make people closer, find temporary shelter for the warmth of life source. hawkers with fire and hot grilled food, which tastes better when it is cooler is ideal for any food lovers.The following is a list of some of the most typical snacks that have become a part of winter in Hanoi

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    1. Grilled corns and sweet-potatoes – Ngô nướng, khoai nướng

    These are among the most interesting dishes in winter of Hanoi. Without any special recipe, just newly harvested corns and sweet potatoes are grilled over charcoal. However, it is the scent of the grilled corn coming along with chilly winds of winter nights that always brings a bit of warmth inside many Hanoians. Under the skillful hands of medium-aged women, if the corn becomes hard and browned in the cover but still glutinous, sweet and packed with cozy flavors inside; those hot sweet potatoes with extreme sweetness will surely warm you up and wake up senses of life.

    The snacks of winter in Hanoi (part 1)
    Grilled corns and sweet-potatoes

    If you have time visiting the oldest bridge in Hanoi, Long Bien bridge over the Red river, where strong vehicles are not allowed to travel by, you can immediately find small stalls located on the sidewalk, simple but enough to light up the night.

    The snacks of winter in Hanoi (part 1)
    Grilled corns
    1. Vietnamese savior fried cake – Bánh rán mặn

    Fried cake is a popular snack you really should try during those winter days of Hanoi. In the past, this special cake was only made at home by mothers and grandmothers for their children as it required being served hot. With ingredients inside similar to those of northern spring rolls, crispy outer skin and indispensable sweet and sour dipping sauce, Vietnamese savior fried cake is an amazing solution to regain energy during such easy-to-be-hungry days of winter.

    The snacks of winter in Hanoi (part 1)
    Vietnamese savior fried cake

    You can visit 52 Ly Quoc Su, near Hoan Kiem lake, or 242 Lac Long Quan, on the way to West Lake to try the most genuine and stunning savior fried cake. However, to be on time and lucky enough, ‘cause there’s nothing left for those who come too late.

    1. Mussel porridge with fried bread sticks – Cháo trai, quẩy

    It is not so difficult to come across a porridge stall serving that common afternoon treat. However, to find the most genuine and delicious mussel porridge is still an art for even permanent residents of this hustle city. Besides being served on its own, “quẩy” – breadstick is often broken apart and dipped into the congee or noodles to serve as a crunchy accompaniment to the dish. For those chilly days, Vietnamese rice porridge with mussel, chopped dill, fried shallot and a sprinkle of black pepper is the very comfort food of choice.

    The snacks of winter in Hanoi (part 1)
    Mussel porridge with fried bread sticks
    1. Boiled snails, deep-fried pork roll for winter in Hanoi – Ốc luộc, nem chua rán

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    Boiled snails and deep-fried pork rolls are well combined with one another and have been regarded as the most popular snacks of the youth, especially preferred in freezing days. These specialties of Hanoi may not be able to compete with HCMC in terms of the variety of snail dishes. However, a bowl of boiled snails, along with a plate of crispy pork rolls are enough to blow up your mind. Its stunning flavor comes from personal secret of skilled hands mixing the dipping source and well selecting deliciously buttery boiled snails.

    The snacks of winter in Hanoi (part 1)
    Boiled snails

    The snails are normally served with a mixture of fish sauce, lime, chili, sugar and lemongrass. For how to make the fantastic sauce and where to find the best snail stalls in Hanoi, visit my posts again and again to get the best experience ever.

    The snacks of winter in Hanoi (part 1)
    Deep-fried pork roll

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