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Bia Hoi featurette

Beyond Bia Hoi Corner

You can see a lot of humanity at a bia hoi, from red-faced, exuberant bureaucrats to sloppy-drunk washed-up backpackers to elementary school kids who should probably be at home because it’s a school night. The following spots were selected through a process of soliciting recommendations, conducting careful online research, and walking into whatever bia hoi The Historienne happened to already be near.

The Lowdown on Chicken Street

Hanoi's chicken street offers barbecued delights and cold beer, but which of the street's many restaurants rules the roost?
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Nobesity in Vietnam

In an ever fattening world, Vietnam stands tall as the least overweight place. Hats off.
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Bia Hoi – “Uong di, an di”

They are called Bia Hoi in Vietnam and mine is the best. Not mine, but the one I frequent. The lady who runs it is in her late thirties and she is always so friendly and welcoming. She sells a brilliant German lager beer in a big glass beer mug for 7.000VND a pop.
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The Dieu Cay’s of Hazzard

It is referred to as the "King of Fruits" in Asia because, it apparently "tastes like heaven, but smells like hell". It looks a lot what I would imagine a giant alien creature's egg to look like. Yet, this gigantic stinker holds a lot of cultural significance. When its the season you can find durian in hundreds of different varieties from ice cream to candies to plain pieces, stinking the place up everywhere.
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King of Fruits

It is referred to as the "King of Fruits" in Asia because, it apparently "tastes like heaven, but smells like hell". It looks a lot what I would imagine a giant alien creature's egg to look like. Yet, this gigantic stinker holds a lot of cultural significance. When its the season you can find durian in hundreds of different varieties from ice cream to candies to plain pieces, stinking the place up everywhere.
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