The Final Dinner in Nouméa, New Caledonia

9 01 2016

I could be writing about the “last lunch” but it was so bad that I am foregoing it.  ^^

The last dinner, on the other hand, was quite fab, which took place in a Vietnamese restaurant.

Not sure that we would have found the duck dish in Viet Nam, our main, but it was truly tasty.  Happy before taking off on our return journey to Tokyo.  🙂

 

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Random Hanoi

30 11 2015

Scenes from my trip to Hanoi, Viet Nam last month.

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My Final Meal in Hanoi

27 11 2015

I was very tired by the time I was ready to have dinner on my final night in Hanoi, Viet Nam, which included flying out of the city, Tokyo bound, around midnight.  I also did not have much cash on me.  All things considered, I decided to stop by this restaurant which vaguely seemed familiar from my first visit to Hanoi.

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Eating out in this kind of restaurant when you’re one is difficult as you are expected to share what you order and it ends up feeling overpriced.

Whatever.  All was good. ^^

 





Lunching in Hanoi: It’s Bun Cha Time!

24 11 2015

Bun Cha” is a Vietnamese dish said to have originated in Hanoi for which I had no prior knowledge from my previous trip to the city or from visiting Vietnamese restaurants in general.  Out of several eateries outside the wholesale market, I found my perfect bun cha stall.

A covered alley outside Đồng Xuân Market featuring a variety of food stalls

A covered alley outside Đồng Xuân Market featuring a variety of food stalls

My bun cha lady

My bun cha lady with her grilled pork

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My bowl of bun cha. Sweeter than one would expect and it’s cold (i.e. not warm) broth.

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Stalls offering other dishes.





Breakfasting in Hanoi

13 11 2015

Being in Hanoi, Viet Nam, I felt compelled to try a proper bowl of “pho bo”, the beef pho, said to have originated in Hanoi, for breakfast so off I went the second morning I was there in search of the perfect bowl.

After wandering around for 10 minutes or so settled in what looked like a very popular pho joint.

But as I sat down and noticed this after I ordered my pho, I thought oops.

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As you can see from the shop-front signs above, they specialized in pho ga, the chicken pho, instead of pho bo, the beef pho.

Never mind.  My pho bo turned out to be very good but it cost me much more than pho ga, the chicken pho, which was a little under US$1.00.

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Eating Out in Hanoi

9 11 2015

So back to my posts about Hanoi, Viet Nam, from early October.

After taking a day trip to Ha Long Bay, I got back to the city and my hotel at about 8:30 pm as scheduled.  I soon went out again to visit the night market which wasn’t very interesting and off to get something light to eat.  I found a great noodle place busy with locals.

Sat down and ordered what had become my usual brand.

Sat down and ordered what had become my usual brand.

Busy!

Busy!

Dinner!

Dinner!

I had the wonton noodles.

I had the wonton noodles.

Everyone gone.

Everyone gone.

A typical Vietnamese dining experience.

Typical Vietnamese dining experience.

It’s fast food but great.





Lunching Out at Sea

27 10 2015

My real destination on my second visit to Viet Nam in less than a two-week time span was Ha Long Bay outside of Hanoi.  Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994, it is one of the obvious and most popular tourist spots in that area and there are many tours offered from the city.  I signed up for one of them at my hotel.

I was picked up by the guide a little after 8 am from my hotel.

I was picked up by the guide a little after 8 am from my hotel.

Our ride for the day.

Our ride for the day.

Fast forward three hours with an obligatory souvenir/bathroom stop along the way, and we are at Ha Long Bay!!

Fast forward three hours with an obligatory souvenir/bathroom stop along the way, and we are at Ha Long Bay!!

At pier

At pier

Finding our boat

Finding our boat

And here we are. All aboard!

And here we are. All aboard!

The place was set up for lunch and we were ready to sail.

The view

The view

What's a little extra.

What’s a little extra.

Other boats out at sea

Other boats out at sea

I was sitting with three Korean ladies from Seoul and a Portuguese couple living in China near Macau

I was sitting with three Korean ladies from Seoul and a Portuguese couple living in China near Macau

The boat had a kitchen and all the food was being cooked in it.

The boat had a kitchen and all the food was being cooked in it.

Went up on the deck after lunch to take in the scenery.  So far so good.








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