Get a load of this, my scrumptious hunk of Easter Sunday morning breakfast.
With not a chocolate egg, chicken or rabbit to be had in Hanoi, it was a case of " when in Rome...", and no significant problem is posed when Rome is Vietnam, where there's an edible treat in every step of one's day. Truth be told, chocolate had not even entered my mind and, of course, Easter does not register a blip on a lunar calendar of pagoda visits and incense sticks.
This xoi ga (sticky rice with chicken), however, has registered a big bloody blip on my Hanoi map of food gold. The chicken is not the sinewy string of some birdmeat on offer but instead tender moist strips which are bitten through with no effort at all. The sticky rice, dug with spatula out of a three tiered metal steamer, is a clinging, salty-in-a-good-way mass of satisfaction. The splinters of lime leaf wreath on top and a side bowl of pickled papaya and carrot suck me in even further.
I'm hooked on this version of our namesake.
One serve of xoi ga - 10,000VND (USD62c, AUD88c)
Hang Hanh St (opposite the Win Hotel)