Guide to Vietnam – Hanoi day 3

Aside from all the activities revolving around food and eating, I did visit landmarks scattered around Hanoi. Today’s focus lay west of Hoan Kiem Lake. First stop: Thang Long Royal Citadel. Several Vietnamese dynasties have resided here in this royal palace. The glory days of the palace have certainly passed, with prevalent marks of gunshots … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Day 2 in Hanoi

Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot … there would be much pavement pounding yet ahead… It is surprising how quick your mind adapts, and stops worrying about the potholes ahead of you or darting your eyes frantically to avoid traffic catastrophe. It all slowly blends into the backdrop of your mind, as you … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Day 1 in Hanoi

Have you been wondering where has Almost Always Ravenous been since April (aka my last post)? I have taken a breather away from blogging and given myself a little headspace to reshuffle and rationalise my career calling. Of course there would be no moping around feeling depressed; rather there is no better way to get … Continue reading

Nam Phuong – possibly my favourite Vietnamese place

Ok, so this place on first impression is pretty run-down and pretty much in the middle of nowhere – no kidding. This is the exact sort of place that any normal person would walk past and it would go completely unnoticed. But, it came highly recommended from Thanh’s family, so why not right? The spring … Continue reading

Chin Chin

Having just updated my wish-list (doubling as my restaurant review index) I have three points to make. One – Melbourne has helluv-a-lot of good places to eat at. Two – I have been guilty of eating out much more than I ever have in my life, in order to feast my palate on all that … Continue reading

Hoa Tran

246 Springvale Rd Springvale, 3171 03 9547 7879 It has been quite some time since I have been here. The entrance at the rear of Springvale road faces towards Springvale shopping centre. The once old open plan car park that sat between the sunlit entrance of Hoa Tran and Buckingham Avenue is now a towering … Continue reading

Thanh Ha 2 – Vietnamese in Richmond

120 Victoria St Richmond, 3121 03 9421 6219 Approaching the last days of our surgical rotation, Mr BN continued his tradition of bringing us interns out for a farewell dinner. Turns out what better way to wind down *ahem midweek* than at a Vietnamese restaurant, especially when half of us had surnames of: Nguyen, Huynh, … Continue reading

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    Unpleasant: damn upset my desire to eat

    Average: palatable but many shortcomings

    Yummy: a pleasant experience

    Yummy +1: mouth-watering like rain

    Yummy +2: exquisite flavours that hit all the right notes

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