Apart from my recent foray into neighbouring Laos, I'm pretty 'Vina-centric' here at SR headquarters in Hanoi. I don't much delve into other cuisines, except in the kitchen, and I tend not to document what goes on there. So many others do that so well it hardly seems necessary for me to pornofy proceedings in my blogspace, too. Besides, I don't have the requisite range of tableware and crockery for real food pornofication. The long and the short of it is, I can cook but the presentation would be dead flaccid and dull.
This little gem is known as the Thai Food Shop. An occasional haunt of mine, it churns out Thai standards at almost street food prices on little blue plastic tables and chairs. I feel right at home! The unique and pleasant part of sitting kerbside here is that it is in a pocket of Hanoi strangely lacking excessive noise. Traffic is light and there is no construction work within earshot, practically unheard of in a city where the local people's tolerance of noise is mind-boggling. It actually stupefies me but don't get me started.
Now, where were we?
At the quiet street-side Thai, enjoying the sharp clean flavours of this chicken salad, a red beef curry, more chicken in the form of laap and sticky rice to fill the gaps. I can't comment on the authenticity of the flavours or the ingredients, but I went away curiously calm and ready to take on whatever banging clamor Hanoi could bark at me.
Chicken salad, chicken laap, beef curry, a coke and a soda water - 150,000VND (USD$9.30, AUD$12.20)
Thai Food Shop
84 Ly Thuong Kiet St
For authentic commentary on real Thai cuisine, check this bloke out.