Hanoi’s scrumptious eel porridge for the more adventurous

Crunchy deep-fried eel with porridge.

One advantage of travelling with minimal planning and pretty much winging it the rest of the way is that it’s always more exciting to have a bit of a surprise and a sense of adventure while in a foreign land.

This method of traveling is precisely how you may find yourself at Mien Luon Dong Thinh for lunch, since this restaurant is bound to attract your attention enough to warrant further investigation. Turns out, it’s a rather notable eel restaurant.

There are several options to choose from here, and luckily the menu on the wall has an English section listing the half dozen choices available – vermicelli blend, clear vermicelli soup, fried vermicelli, eel soup, fried eel and eel porridge.

Each dish will cost between 25,000 to 60,000 vnd.

Mien Luon Dong Thinh – fancy some eel, anyone?

The fried eel with vermicelli and eel porridge are good choices to go with. The eel was crispy and quite tasty, very different in taste from the boiled eel soup that you often find in Ho Chi Minh City.

It was much easier to eat and not too different from the Japanese shishamo, except for the sweetness of the eel.

The vermicelli salad came with fresh greens, nuts, and a healthy dose of fish sauce as you would expect of most meals in Hanoi. The porridge would make a very good comfort meal on a cold day.

Recommended for diners with a sense of adventure to try new tastes while visiting Hanoi.

Nhà Hàng Miến Lươn ĐÔNG THỊNH
87 Hàng Điếu, Cửa Đông
Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

GPS: 21.031978, 105.846789
Tel: +84 24 3826 7943

The article first appeared in www.KYSpeaks.com

Trying to influence your cravings since 2005, Kar Yeong was Guest Judge on Versus 1001 Rasa Baba’s 2018, R.AGE Food Fight Judge 2015 and NTV7 Foodie Blogger 2014. To read more about Kar Yeong’s food journeys, visit his blog at www.KYSpeaks.com