For a New Zealander it is not common that we eat goat meat, as most goats are wild except angora goats which are prized for their wool or others for milking.

Goat hot pot or goat steamboat, great to warm the cockles of your heart on a cold winters day. Very common and dotted all around Hanoi. This one at 275 Kim Ma Street, Hanoi.
Goat hot pot or goat steamboat, great to warm the cockles of your heart on a cold winters day. Very common and dotted all around Hanoi. This one at 275 Kim Ma Street, Hanoi.

The big bright world including Vietnam eats goat which is perfectly normal to do so.   A common staple in Africa, Asia, South and Central America.  In the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Mexico and in the Caribbean goat features highly on the menu boards.

You name it goat meat can be made into it, but the most common way to eat goat in Hanoi at a restaurant are self barbequed at your table or cooked in a hot pot with veggies. Both places you can order sliced meat, or udder or mixed plates.  Udder (goat boobs) tastes sweet and are a milky-pink color before cooking – so they say, said Miss Vegetarian.

Hot Pot is really great for a cold winter’s day as it really warms you up by eating it and by in the room with all the cooking going on.  If the restaurant offers you a plastic bag, it is for you to put your jacket in, so it doesn’t stink next time you wear it.

Looks like kumquat trees are more profitable at Tet time (New Year), than a goat restaurant on Au Co Road in the north of the city.
Looks like kumquat trees are more profitable at Tet time (New Year), than a goat restaurant on Au Co Road in the north of the city.

On the table sitting next to the condiments you will find your own bottle of homemade rice wine which has goat balls infused into it.  Share it round your table by pouring into little glasses, then lots of beer to wash it down.