I haven’t visited Hanoi for two years or more. In the meantime, I think I must’ve become totally Saigonized. On my recent trip, I found Hanoi pho, even at my old fave, to be limp, fuelmode food with not a shred of finesse. Bun cha, the Hanoi lunchtime staple is fine, fine stuff and it was topnotch at 23 Ta Hien street, but… and this might put the cat amongst the sparrows… I’ve had better in Saigon. In fact, this was the problem with pretty much everything I tried in Hanoi, I came to the same conclusion, I’ve had better in Saigon. Not the result I expected, but I fear, factually true.
Which got me thinking about Vietnamese folk I’ve known over the years. I’ve known quite a few Hanoians who moved to Saigon for work. More often than not, they grow to love Saigonese scoff. But, reverse that migratory process and I can’t think of a single Saigonese I’ve met who grew to love Hanoian food. Not one. Hmmm?? Discuss…. Extra-value added link: Hanoi Vs. Saigon via gridskipper