Pasta Night in Hanoi

One thing my partner and I have really enjoyed doing together is getting our friends together for a good meal. And we weren’t going to stop once we got to Hanoi, Vietnam. We were really looking forward to getting a nice apartment with a nice kitchen so we could have a nice time.

Much to our surprise, it was more common here to have hot plates instead of a real built-in stovetop. Once we discovered that, it became our main priority to have a place with a stovetop and an oven.

Well, you can’t have it all, but we do have a stovetop.

Making pasta by hand is one of my favorite things to do. This is because I love pasta and once you’ve had it by hand it’s very difficult to go back to the boxed bad boys.

With no fancy drying rack and leaving our pasta maker behind, we’ve had to improvise. I feel it makes it all the more fun and authentic.

I wanted to try something different, so it was time to try a corzetti shape pasta. Super simple, even though I had to get crafty as I didn’t have a corzetti stamp of my family seal lying around. Then got to work with the black pepper dough.

You can’t eat all those carbs without some greens, so a salad was in order. I was craving a Caeser salad, but didn’t know where to get nor was I ready to handle anchovies.
Anchovies, fish, fishy, sea, seaweed!
Seaweed snacks were my chosen substitute for its proximity in habitat. We did use eggs, though, so it wasn’t vegan.

I’ll be honest. It did not taste like Caeser dressing. Wasn’t awful, but it was not what I was looking for. It didn’t quite have that same salty effect I was looking for.

Experimentation is fun and keeps you on your toes. Even if doesn’t work, at least now you know. Enlist a friend who assembles a beautiful charcuterie board to come a little early and you’ve got yourself a dinner party. Hopefully, everyone’s got something interesting to say. And if they don’t, that’s what charades is for.

Jenita is writer, photographer, director overall known as a creator. She enjoys all things pasta, tulle and menswear. You can often find her dancing to music that may or may not be playing and saying she’ll meet you at the bar but watching art-house cinema instead.

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