“Sticky rice, miss! Have some sticky rice and park your motorbike over there,” a young man with a fancy hairstyle and in a pair of shorts, a fake branded T-shirt and honeycomb sandals calls out as he attempts to block a motorbike on the street. The woman on the motorbike quickly steers away to avoid him and the smoke of grilled meat coming from a nearby charcoal stove. It is past midnight, but the lights are still shining bright on the ‘Fried sticky rice, mung bean sticky rice, banh mi pate, stewed chicken’ sign at the De La Thanh-Giang Vo intersection in Hanoi. In front of the eatery, another young man is still fanning and flipping fat-dripping meat skewers while four young women are preparing sausages, sticky rice, eggs, and pickles. Most eateries in the area close at midnight without needing to be told by the police. This little street corner is however an exception. Two sticky rice outlets, a pho eatery and a perch and rice paper stall are still filled with customers while the road is packed with taxis whose drivers await their turn. And just like that, a ‘night food street’ has sprung up in the heart… Read full this story
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