NEWS: In 2017, we will not be available to conduct tours at the following times:

July 1-3, August 20-23, October 20-23, December 2-10

The food available in Hanoi's narrow alleys and tree-lined boulevards is just as much a part of the city as its lakes and old world architecture. In fact, all of these elements combine with the indomitable spirit of the Vietnamese people to produce a lively culinary scene that is both diverse and confronting.

Over the past twelve years, 'the god' (Van Cong Tu, author of the blog 'Vietnamese God') and 'Sticky' (Mark Lowerson, author of the blog Stickyrice) have been traversing the streets of Vietnam's capital, as well as cutting a wider arc through other regions of Vietnam and beyond, wolfing down between us virtually everything on offer.

Tu is an accredited tour guide with more than 17 years experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. He is an expert on the cuisine of the south-central coast, having grown up in Nha Trang and frequent visits to Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc Island make him very well-versed in what people are feeding their faces with in the south, too. But Hanoi is where he dwells and its chaotic web of lanes and alleys are where he eats most. Tu knows the market vendors and they like him.

Mark has been resident in Hanoi since January 2002, eating on the streets here from day one. The blog 'Stickyrice' is one of the longest running foodblogs, with the first post dated May 2005. Named in The Times Online's 50 Best Foodblogs in 2009 (at #22), 'Stickyrice' has been featured on 'Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie' and as part of SBS's Featured Foodie series.

We specialise in Vietnam's streetfood and wet markets and have recently designed a series of itineraries for travellers and food enthusiaists. These tours have been carefully planned to give visitors to Vietnam an authentic taste of a country very attuned to the rhythms of food through the day and through the seasons. Together, we visit the street stalls and markets, sampling the produce and eating from their dishes and bowls, as well as cooking with the ingredients at home.
Our tours range from three hour morning, afternoon or evening walks to a full-day eat-a-thon. The most popular tour is the 3 hour (8.30am-11.30pm) morning tour which typically includes a street market walk (with ongoing explanations of food practices, strange food items, some delicacies), a visit to ceremonial cake stalls, a special French dessert, the food sections of Hanoi's main Dong Xuan market, a streetfood alley for a noodle lunch, fruit stalls and coffee at an historic old quarter cafe.

A full day (9am-3pm) itinerary for foodie tragics (including more market visits and more street snacks and drinks) is also available. It encompasses a deeper look at ingredients and is ideal for those in the food industry, whether they be chefs, food writers, indeed anyone with an enthusiasm for food, whether it be in the eating or the cooking! All tours are inclusive of all food/drinks and are conducted entirely on foot after Tu meets and greets at the hotel.

Tu and Mark can also customise tours for particular interests if given sufficient advance notice. For more information and/or to book a tour, email both Tu: and Mark:

Monday, 19 November 2012

Operation Nha Trang, February 2012

prawns on the coals
We are taking streetfood tour operations to the south central coast for the first two weeks of February. Nha Trang is a resort town a short flight from Saigon and very much on the standard tourist trail. While most visitors tend to spend their days on the beaches and their evenings at the bars - something we are not averse to ourselves - there is a fantastic street food scene in this town, one that we've been enjoying on a regular basis for the past ten years. In fact, in the case of Vietnamese God, his whole life as Nha Trang is his home town.
flower delivery
We'll be there over the Tet (lunar New Year) period, which adds a degree of colour and excitement to the atmosphere around town, as the locals hit the markets and shops in their preparations for Vietnam's biggest family occasion. But, that said, because Nha Trang is a southern coastal town, the feeling about town is still relaxed. Remember, there's always the beach.
Doc Let Beach
So, what does Nha Trang have to offer the food-obsessed?
bun ca
Seafood has to be the number one attraction. For breakfast, it could be in the form of fish noodle soup. In Hanoi, of course, it would be pho. In Nha Trang, expect lovely chunks of mackeral or tuna, along with fish cake slices with your threads.
cafe phin
After breakfast, coffee can be had street side or in a cafe by the sea. 

Street food eateries and restaurants alike are pandering to the hankerings of those who want to eat stuff from the sea morning, noon and night. Let's make the pictures do the talking.
grilled prawns oyster, spring onion
Some of our other favourites around town include banh mi with fish cakes, banh xeo (rice flour pancakes) with baby squid and the best spring roll in Vietnam, nem nuong.

If we've whetted your appetite, and you'll be in Nha Trang between February 2-13, drop us an email for further details of our itineraries/costs. (Mark: & Tu:


  1. nice blog
    thanks for sharing

  2. Adore sea food. It has so many nitrients and vitamines! however, it's not so cheap as it could be. For this very issue I have useful info:
    Efficient eating
    By the way, I followed you up with GFC, it'd be great if you follow me back.

  3. All dishes are looking delicious they are tempting for test, sea food is great in test nice posting.
    US Sea Food Counter market Report

  4. Tu
    Thanks so much to taking me on the food tour. It was everything I expected Vietnamese food to be and more. Since traveling down south around the Mekong delta, nothing has come close. I really appreciated your generosity to take me to so many special places, by far it had been the highlight of my traveling in Japan and Vietnam. I'll let you know how dishes work out that I try back home.
    Best wishes

  5. Car Rental India is a car rental agency which provide various services like
    Hire Car in India
    ,Car Hire India taxi or cab facility.
    Go for Video.

  6. I visited various blogs except the audio feature for audio songs current at this web page
    is genuinely marvelous.

    my homepage; global ims media marketing

  7. Vаluаblе info. Fortunаte mе I found
    your ωeb sіte by chаncе, and I аm stunned ωhy thiѕ coinсiԁence ԁid not
    came about eaгliеr! Ӏ booκmаrkеd it.

    Alѕo viѕit my wеbpage: frommer s travel guides

  8. It's very straightforward to find out any topic on net as compared to textbooks, as I found this article at this website.

    my homepage - diet plans

  9. So, business ѕit doωn! A sρoκeѕman for Dolphin
    Corporаte housing lοcаteԁ in the heагt.
    When butteгing bread, business always bгeaκ the bread
    into bіte-size pіeces, so you will nеed tο do your vеry bеst
    choosing the goods that wherе you will pіck-up
    and drop-off theiг laundгy. He'd already moved his wife and six children to support blew his business $1million life insurance in a less invasive procedure than typical surgery. It is very important in Japanese culture.

    Feel free to surf to my web blog :: internet marketing for online businesses

  10. Lately а few seагch engine ranκs friendly Pintereѕt
    tips to hеlρ you with it.

    Here iѕ my webpagе ... improving search engine rankings

  11. We love food—who doesn’t? And if we took our kids to another temple they were going to revolt. So a walking street food tour sounded like the perfect finale for our time in Vietnam. Tu, your guide and well-known food blogger, is really interesting. He loves travelling and food (obviously) so we enjoyed talking about different restaurants around the world as we walked from place to place (he even emailed us suggestions for places that we would be visiting after leaving Hanoi). Not surprisingly the food we ate on the tour was outstanding. Your tour takes you to small places where the locals go. My only regret was not doing the tour at the beginning of our trip so we could re-visit the places we went. Be sure to start the tour hungry—you will be eating a lot.

  12. Thanks for every other great article. The place else
    may anyone get that kind of info in such a perfect
    manner of writing? I've a presentation next week, and I'm at the search for such info.

    Here is my web-site; Buy Green Coffee Advance

  13. Hurrah, that's what I was searching for, what a material! existing here at this website, thanks admin of this website.

    Here is my web-site: Green Coffee Advanced

  14. whoаh this blog is еxcellent i reallу like
    ѕtudying your аrtіcles. Staу
    uр the great wοrk! Үou κnоω, a lot of
    persons агe lοоking arounԁ
    for this іnfoгmatiоn, уоu could aiԁ them greatly.

    Rеview mу sitе - hgc diet

  15. Most sites are optimized to suit the requirements of being in the
    top search engines you have to rethink your
    spamdexing strategy.

    My webpage; search optimization engine


  16. A licensed Loan Lender, We offer Affordable Loan at 3% interest rate available for local and international borrowers, Are you seriously interested in getting a genuine Loan without stress? Do you need this Loan for business and to clear your bills? Then send us an email now for more details


    (1)Full Name:
    (7)Amount needed:
    (8)Loan duration:
    (9)Loan purpose:

    Email Us:(

  17. Thank you for your great post. Your post is really valuable and help me a lot. Waiting for your next similar post.

  18. Hello Everybody,
    My name is Mrs Sharon Sim. I live in Singapore and i am a happy woman today? and i told my self that any lender that rescue my family from our poor situation, i will refer any person that is looking for loan to him, he gave me happiness to me and my family, i was in need of a loan of S$250,000.00 to start my life all over as i am a single mother with 3 kids I met this honest and GOD fearing man loan lender that help me with a loan of S$250,000.00 SG. Dollar, he is a GOD fearing man, if you are in need of loan and you will pay back the loan please contact him tell him that is Mrs Sharon, that refer you to him. contact Dr Purva Pius,via email:( Thank you.


    1. Name Of Applicant in Full:……..
    2. Telephone Numbers:……….
    3. Address and Location:…….
    4. Amount in request………..
    5. Repayment Period:………..
    6. Purpose Of Loan………….
    7. country…………………
    8. phone…………………..
    9. occupation………………
    11.Monthly Income…………..

    Email Kindly Contact:

  19. Impressive, i would love to book a vietnam tours and flight to Vientam soon.

  20. Nice Post.Thanks for sharing this inyour blog

  21. Fans of scuba diving and snorkeling find the island as a real paradise. If you love spending your time exploring interesting landmarks and buildings of the local reality, online travel

  22. Yangon is a must-go destination of places to go in Myanmar. Go to the East Central Yangon, you can not miss the Sule Paya, a gilded pagoda is older than Shwedagon Paya. If you want to get up early in Yangon and take a morning walking before discover this place, go to Mahabandoola Garden, it’s free to enter, and it opens from 6 am. Standing from here, you can see the views of surrounding heritage buildings. Drop by Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue, there is a place for a tiny community of Jews gather. It only opens from 10 am to mid day and from 4 pm to 6pm everyday, therefore, if you want to go there, let plan the time in advance.

  23. That flower cart was a nice thing. Thanks for showing the step by step process.
    new york yankees tickets
    cheap new york yankees tickets