Due to the bird flu, lots of people are losing their businesses and money. I talked to a lady who sells my favourite duck eggs near my work. She said that she had lost quite a bit of money for the duck eggs that she bought in advance. She also tried to sell for a few more days after the scare was official but not many people wanted to risk their lives. This is the reason why she has started selling Bánh Gio (steamed rice cake with pork, mushroom, onion and pepper wrapped in banana leaves) served with chilli. The good thing about this dish is that there is no specific time when it is eaten, which means it can be found somewhere in Hanoi at any time of the day. It's a good choice for hot winter food.
You also can ask her to order, from the stall across the road, some Nom- green papaya and dry beef or liver salad and Bánh Bot Loc-steamed rice pan cake with shrimp, mushroom and pork.
Enjoy these dishes with a hot cup of tea; sit in front of the old church in Ham Long. It's a good place for a snack.
Labels: Frustrations, Street Food