Everyone’s heard of Vietnam’s wonderful food so I’ll refrain from throwing my superlatives into the already heady mix. Suffice to say that after landing at Hanoi International Airport at 7am I was tucking into a plate of fried frogs legs by 11am (rather chewy, but then I was recommended to go for the meatier-looking thigh. I declined, blame the jetlag). I was in sitting in a lovely café by the West Lake, with a spread of tasty dishes including fresh prawn spring rolls without any casing (the café’s speciality), tasty tofu and an upside down rice cake thing, crispy and cone-like with a tasty dipping sauce. I highly recommend that café if you get the chance – it’s called Cua Hang An Uong Mau Dich So 37. In an added quirk you pay for an old fashioned rationing book which you then exchange for your dishes. There’s memorabilia on the walls, and lots of old news clippings and photos. My eating companions are Sir John Ramsden and Kien from Vietpro. You can read more about Sir John Ramsden and his photos of Hanoi on the Experience Travel website.