Rather disappointing dinner@Quan An Ngon

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Day 1: mental exhaustion. Brain was working from 8 am till 6 pm. In between breaks, had to reply emails as well. As there really isn’t much to do here at night, all I look forward in the coming few days is good food.

After doing some research online, we managed to book 2 positive reviewed restaurants for tomorrow and the day after but none for tonight. We went ahead with the concierge’s recommendation which was Quan An Ngon. As it was only located 10 minutes away from our hotel and we were also tired, we grabbed that option and headed out.

The restaurant was packed when we arrived. Many locals dined here, foreigners too. Koreans are every where in Hanoi, even at this restaurant. By chance, our Korean colleague joined us for dinner and we also sat next to another table with Koreans dining on it. Does feel like I am in Seoul now.

Our local event planner informed us that Samsung invested heavily in the country hence, many Koreans are working here and ample Korean food are available too.

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We used a little hand sign language to communicate with the locals, including asking them if their prawns’ shells would be removed. The waitress nodded but when the dish came, the shells were still in tact. She then put on plastic gloves and de shelled them in front of us. I felt a little shy and embarrassed over how terribly lazy we were.

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This vietnamese pancake with minced pork was really below average. Nonetheless, the waitress was courteous. Not only did she help us with the prawns, she also taught us the proper way to wrap our pancakes.

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The Pho was also veryyyyyyy…normal. I was starting to get really bored with the food here. Thankfully, we did not overorder and we had only 1 main dish yet to be served.

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This was supposedly the dried sauteed beef dried noodles. In my mind, I pictured it as a plate of vietnamese version of fried kuehteow. But when it came, all of us were dumbstruck…not exactly sure how do we dig in. The noodles were underneath, topped with chopped deep fried garlic and choopd4 groundnuts. The sweet and sour clear sauce was poured on top of it. It actually reminded of a Thai salad. Also really average dish…nothing to shout about.

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This local dessert, with sesames, sago and a squarish chunk of sticky banana kuih, coconut sticky sweet gravy…was like bobochacha to me. Just a slight variation from BBCC. Underaverage.

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I don’t even want to begin with the green pink sagos, jelly slices, coconut and sugar glass dessert…one scoopful to taste was enough. Artificially coloured looking items turn me off. Taste like a very rough and raw version of cendol.

Total damage for the meal inclusive of drinks was 683,000 V, about RM100+. Not worth it at all. I won’t recommend to others. However, taste is subjective..my thoughts may not represent a general population…those who want to know more can find their details here: http://ngonhanoi.com.vn/index.php/vi/

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The feeling after dining a lousy meal and paying a big amount of money for it…really sucked. My brain and body was still soaked with stress…I decided to run it off in the gym and they did disappear after that. Whee! It was relaxing to just lie down…and chill alone.

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Breakfast at the hotel before a stroll at Florence’s wet market and leather market

 I do wish that I get to have breakfast like this everyday. I love granola cereal and yoghurt, and the combination of both together is awesome! Coffee was bad though. I quietly stole a few more chocolate spread, which serve as my breakfast spread on some lazy mornings now, back at home.

 The moment I stepped into the main entrance of the market, this was the view. Wine, and ham, and salami, and pasta, and the list goes on. The rush of excitement immediately gushed in. I am guilty of not being like a real girl. Girls get the adrenaline rush when they walk into the shoppers’ street with all kinds of luxury goods. I get excited over the display of delicious food.

 At the yummy wummy ham hung on the top, while fresh blocks of different types of cheese were displayed in the cooling counter. I wanted to just buy everything from here and bring it back home in my 20 kg luggage bag. Sigh.

 If our wet markets looked as fresh and as good and as CLEAN as this, I wouldn’t mind marketing everyday rather than buying from frozen food from the major hypermarts. Fresh meat can be obtained in those pasar pagi and wet markets, but not convenient for me in terms of location, timing and.. most importantly, cleanliness! The smelly water puddles on the ground and leftover unwanted perishables thrown all over the place deters me from buying groceries at the wet market. The view of a pasar pagi when food stallers are wrapping up is always horrific. Rubbish everywhere, smelly. 

Locals just popped by this bakery and have a cuppa coffee standing by the counter while having a sweet or savoury pastry from the display below. In a 10 degree weather. This is life man!