Friday, April 21, 2006

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Bread Sellers

"Hot bread here" is a very popular announcement from the bread sellers which can be heard all day, from about 5 am til late at night.

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There was an old lady who used to sell bread around our old apartment in the Cao Ba Quat street area,who had a man's voice which was very distinct and that's why I always bought bread from her. Her voice used to wake me up in the mornings. In our new place here in West Lake, I see lots of people selling bread but they ride a bicycle. They charge the same price and it's important to ask for fresh bread like mine this morning, which I bought at 6 am. I asked the lady to throw them up to me on the second floor and I threw the money back down to her. I was a bit lazy and still sleepy but I was glad that I made it to buy the fresh bread to write about this today. Writing about the bread while smelling it so fresh makes me feel so good.

Bread Seller

You can see lots of people walking around with a big basket full of bread on their head or sitting on the pavement trying to sell bread. This is one of the most common forms of walking business in Hanoi but it seems easier than others because bread is not as heavy and if the sellers can't sell all of them they can give them back to the bakery, which isn't a bad deal.

Bread Seller

I don't really know how much they earn per day. I tried to ask several sellers but they weren't interested in telling me the truth, but I guess they earn about 20,000Vnd to 40,000Vnd per day which is not too bad compared to hard labour which earns about the same income. Most of the sellers are old ladies, old men or young girls who are from the countryside around Hanoi.

128 comments:

Winn said...

interesting.

not many ppl sell plain bread here in m'sia.. at most, sandwiches?
hehe.

black feline said...

I think the bread culture is a legacy of the french in Vietnam..is it not?

slurp! said...

There is something different with Vietnamese bread that makes it somewhat more delicious then the traditional baguette. I don't know what, I definitely know I love vietnamese version of baguette then others :)

Crystal said...

The smell of freshly baked bread is just heavenly! Americans are not so addicted to bread as the Europeans are, but being married to a European has influenced me and now I like fresh bread too.

junebee said...

I love freshly made bread. The Latin American Supermarket near us sells fresh Cuban bread for one dollar a loaf which is a good price here in the U.S.

Interesting method of delivering both the bread and the payment!

I always like your pictures. Vietnam is a country I know little about.

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Those are quite long bread. It's nice to eat a hot bread with butter melting on it at breakfast. Back here we have what we call the "hot pandesal" which is being delivered every morning at around 5 to 5:30 a.m.

g.knotee said...

i love your baguettes! it goes well with scrambled eggs and really strong vietnamese coffee!

Tim Rice said...

Ah, freshly baked bread does smell heavenly. Everytime, I see people carrying things like this on their heads, I marvel. That just isn't done here in my country at least not in the circles I travel.

When in Honduras, I was at a restaurant, in which the waitresses carried many food items on their heads. But I really marveled at their carry glass bottles of soda on the top of their heads.

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Chen said...

wow.. throwing the bread up to u at 2nd floor ? and u throwing down the $$ to her.. great way of selling & buying :)

Cergie said...

I agree with black feline.
My mother who were vietnamise used to say rice was her bread, and one day without cooking rice means cemetery soon.

fooDcrazEE said...

whats the cost of a banh mi now ? it used to be just 2500 VND...

kool said...

yup, i love bread too, it's really delicious, but i've never been to ha noi to tast ha noi bread.^^. i want to know if the bread is clean!!!

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Saw this the other night and then shut down before I commented because a thunderstorm was moving in.

An absolutely amazing post; the story and the photographs as well!

As "april" says right above me, it's like I'm there with you; thank you!

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Hi ,
If you ever try bread from Nha Trang then you'd love it even more.
Black Feline: I think so.
FRIDAY'S CHILD Same here :)
fooDcrazEE : 1000Vnd :)
kool: Of course, it's clean.

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I love banh mi voi bo voi duong, especially on hot baguetts!!! My mom use to make it for me when I was younger and I still love it now. But I'll take it with pate and cha as well... Love the pictures. Thanks!

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