Bun in the oven: Customers crowd in at Bun dau Trung Huong Shop on Phat Loc Lane in the heart of Ha Noi. — Photo vietnamnet.vn Phat Loc Lane in the east of Ha Noi's Old Quarter is famous for its fragrant bun dau mam tom (fresh rice vermicelli, tofu and shrimp paste) - particularly Trung Huong Shop, Nguyen Thanh Ha reports. When we arrived at the shop at 11am recently, it was already crowded with customers, including some foreigners. The special smell of shrimp paste and fried tofu attracted us. We had to wait about 15 minutes. At our table, a server brought us a tray containing a dish of fresh rice vermicelli, a dish of fried tofu and two small bowls of shrimp paste with lemon, chilli and a spoonful of cooking oil. Each tray cost about VND25,000 (more than US$1). Different from others, the white vermicelli here is formed into small coils, called con bun, with small and soft threads. The tofu is well fried, leaving it crispy outside but hot, soft, fatty and having a buttery … [Read more...] about The best bites of bun in the Old Quarter
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Putting the breaks on the Old Quarter (03-12-2009) Proposal to move 30% of the overcrowded Old Quarter's population across the river. Hang Dao Street in Ha Noi's Old Quarter. City authorities plan to relocate about 30 per cent of the overcrowded Old Quarter's population to the other side of the Red River. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tung HA NOI — Thirty per cent of the population of Ha Noi's overcrowded Old Quarter will be moved to the other side of the Hong (Red) River if a project proposed by the People's Committee of Hoan Kiem District is approved. This will mean shifting 25,000 of the 1-sq.km area's present population of about 84,000. The move will not interfere with the traditional craft, herbal and religious shops that abound in an ancient district whose history stretches back at least to the founding of Thang Long, one of the former names for Ha Noi, 999 years ago. In the first phase, which will start towards the end of next year, 1,900 households will be … [Read more...] about Putting the breaks on the Old Quarter
The Hanoitimes - The city has stepped up efforts to refurbish Hanoi to welcome the millennial anniversary. But some say re-painting old houses, re-mortaring Hang Dau - the oldest water tower in Hanoi, and re-paving the bank of Hoan Kiem Lake could harm the some of the Old Quarter's charm. Dan Tri newspaper talked with Nguyen Manh Cuong, chief of Hanoi's Board for Urban Refurbishment and Management about this matter. Many local people worry that the giving the city a modern makeover will take away unique characters of ancient works. What is your opinion? Refurbishing the city to welcome the Thang Long-Hanoi's 1000th anniversary is a policy of the Hanoi administration and the National Board for Thang Long-Hanoi Millennial Anniversary. This important project was implemented in 2009. We are trying to make the city more beautiful, not to deform the city's ancient architecture. Many old streets now look ugly because of temporary structures like lean-tos and shacks and advertising … [Read more...] about Millennium makeover could ruin the Old Quarter
The Hanoi Times - Thirty per cent of the population of Ha Noi's overcrowded Old Quarter will be moved to the other side of the Red River if a project proposed by the People's Committee of Hoan Kiem District is approved. This will mean shifting 25,000 of the one square kilometer area's present population of about 84,000. The move will not interfere with the traditional craft, herbal and religious shops that abound in an ancient district whose history stretches back at least to the founding of Thang Long, one of the former names for Ha Noi, 999 years ago. In the first phase, which will start towards the end of next year, 1,900 households will be re-established in a new high-rise residential area, the Viet Hung, now being built in Long Bien District. Approval for the whole project is expected to be given in a few months' time, according to deputy head of the Old Quarter Management Board Le Quynh Anh. The first part of the project is expected to cost the Government VND4,000 billion … [Read more...] about Putting the brakes on the Old Quarter
Art lovers ask: Honey, who shrunk the Old Quarter? (28-11-2007) What is this, an Old Quarter for mice? Visitors explore artist Vuong Thao's Living Fossils exhibition. — VNS Photo Truong Vi Ha Noi — Lovers of Ha Noi can run into the familiar but strange images of the Old Quarter's street corners by painter Vuong Thao at an exhibition named Living Fossils now on display at the French Culture Centre, L' Espace, at 24 Trang Tien Street. The showroom contains 80 works, 36 of which are models, along with 36 electric poles, representing the quarter's 36 streets. All of the oil-painted models are on the composite block; and the audience should be surprised because they look like eternal fossils on display. Among the works are the well-reputed Vinh Bao house at 36 Hang Dong Street, the house with Truyen Than (Portrait Drawing) signboard at 51 Hang Dao Street and the red, wood-door house at 36 Hang Can Street, all of which attract the audience's interest. These old streets … [Read more...] about Art lovers ask: Honey, who shrunk the Old Quarter?