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What’s so special about a 90-year-old tea shop in Hanoi that is always full of customers?

Hanoi The last days of May are not normal like every year, the air is still cool thanks to the rain instead of the blazing sun. Snacking fans suddenly feel nostalgic for a light dish in cool weather, both warm and sweet without being sick. That dish is nothing but a delicious cup of sticky rice. And to find yourself a place to sip this snack, you definitely can’t miss Ba Thin’s sticky rice shop – a place where there is no place to sit at peak hours.

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Originating from the street vendors in the old town in the 30s of the last century, until now, Mrs. Thin’s sticky rice has become a branded snack address in Hanoi. From a small street vendor roaming the small streets, it has now become a relatively spacious shop at the intersection of Bat Dan – Hang Bo – Thuoc Bac – Hang Thiec. For more than 90 years, sticky rice or other tea dishes still retain their attractiveness.

The most famous dish at the restaurant is the traditional sticky rice dish that anyone who has tasted it will remember its taste forever. Sticky rice is a type of sticky rice, which is very flexible, fragrant, and grainy.

The accompanying tea is usually ba cot tea or areca flower tea, in which granny’s tea is very popular with diners because of its sweet, slightly pungent taste of ginger. Areca flower tea is sweeter and cooler, suitable for those who like to eat light. In addition, the shop also has sticky rice with black bean tea which is also very delicious.

Sticky rice is a dish that is usually served hot. So on cool rainy days like this, it’s a pleasure to hold a warm cup of sticky rice in your hand. When you put it in your mouth, you will find sticky sticky rice mixed with a light sweet tea. The more you eat, the more you enjoy. This sweet dish is warm and refreshing when eaten, not too full or too tired after eating, just very comfortable.

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The shop also sells vegetarian cakes which are also very fragrant

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There’s nothing like eating a bowl of hot sticky rice on a rainy day

In addition, coming here, diners must try the dishes that make the restaurant’s name besides the famous sticky rice dish. The first is the pearl black jelly served with jasmine water. Crispy black jelly is similar to the dew of the South but has a stronger part, chewy pearl wrapped with a square piece of coconut inside. When eating, will put a little grated coconut on top, mix everything in the sweet, fragrant jasmine water gently. It’s sunny, but having a glass of this makes the whole person cool.

Another dish that you must try is the pearl lotus seed tofu. This dish has a bit of fat leopard flavor of tofu along with the fleshy, fragrant aroma of lotus seeds. This dish still has crispy jelly and eaten all with fragrant jasmine water.

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The shop also sells fried rice, which is delicious and flexible

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Delicious and quality tea is what makes the name of Mrs. Thin’s tea shop more than 90 years old

Although the famous shop is located in the old quarter of Hanoi, the price here is very affordable, only from 15,000 VND a cup of tea. Besides tea and sticky rice, the shop also sells peanut candies and vegetarian cakes to meet the needs of diners.

Mrs. Thin’s sticky rice: 1 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi; 95 Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Time: 7:30 a.m. – 23 p.m

Price: 15,000 VND – 25,000 VND

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