The king cobra was rather tasty...
Hanoi Travel Blog› entry 5 of 28 › view all entries
January 6th, 2010 – by: kirowind
We started Wednesday around 8 AM when Naht met us at our hotel.
Tne next stop was Le Mat, known as the snake village. We traveled to this small quaint village about 7 km outside of Hanoi for one purpose, to consume a king cobra. We had snake wine (rice wine with a hint of snake's blood), snake soup and sauteed snake and also fried chopped up snake bone that was used to season their flatbread. Needless to say, it was quite the full course experience. And it only cost 590,000 dong which translates into roughly $32. Exotic foods at a price that can't be beat.
While we were walking back, we saw a boy on the side of the road who had set something on fire.
We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around parts of Hanoi including hopping into one of the girls' favorite alleyways to eat caramel flan and coconut jelly. It should be noted that the bulk of the tables and chairs that exist on the Vietnam roadsides are all those brightly colored plastic kiddy tables and chairs. I wondered why. Maybe it's because they're light, relatively durable, easy to clean, and cheap. After seeing the Hoan Kiem Lake, where a former emperor received a magical sword that helped drive away the Chinese out of Vietnam, we parted ways with Naht and Huyen for the night. After that, we made a circuit of the area near our hotel and got to try a variety of roadside stalls for food. I don't really know what most of it was even called, but it was all very delicious: meat on a stick, pho that was using vermicelli noodles, and a pan fried pancake with stir fried meats and veggies.
Mike is going to prep a Flickr account for the bulk of our pictures, but in the meanwhile, I'll see what I can upload as is with this blog's upload feature.
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