Bobby Chinn gives us a gastronomic tour of his adopted home town of Hanoi in Vietnam. Vietnamese cooking is a fusion of Chinese and French cuisine, due to the French colonisation of the country in the mid 19th century.
Bobby begins his tour by sampling his favourite lunchtime street food, Pork Rice Crêpe. He also shows how the famous street food dish Pho Bo (Beef Rice Noodles) is made. This dish is usually eaten for breakfast and is very easy to cook – as Bobby demonstrates with his step-by-step recipe.
Coffee drinking was introduced to Vietnam by the French and has now become a custom. However, the Vietnamese have their own distinctive way of preparing this beverage and... espresso this isn’t. The preparation and the time people take to drink the stuff shows just how laid back and patient the Vietnamese really are.
Markets are a huge part of the city’s food scene. Bobby goes along to his favourite, known as Hell’s Market where he shops for everything he needs to cook lunch. He then meets up with a friend and together they head out to the local countryside. Just outside Hanoi, is in an area famous for its rice noodles and the friends demonstrate how to cook Bun Cha. Then, it’s back to the city and Bobby’s restaurant, where he cooks up dishes with a little hidden ingredient which is not for the faint-hearted!
With passion and expertise, Bobby guides us through a day in Hanoi, sampling its tasty local cuisine and experiencing the friendly atmosphere of this remarkable city.