Five pig carcasses making their way to a market on early morning; pre-2007 helmet law, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Five pig carcasses making their way to a market on early morning; pre-2007 helmet law, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Pork is a family favorite for Vietnamese in Hanoi.  It is paradise for the pork-lover, as they throw it in almost anything.

If you don’t eat it; check out the salads before you tuck in as many have it in.  Ordering a separate meal is the best plan of attack even at 5-star hotels.

The surprising thing about pigs in Hanoi is the way they transport them.  I have no idea how you would even catch a pig and tie it up, but it is done.   This photo is taken outside of Hanoi as I was never able to be at the right place at the right time with my camera out, but can be seen sometimes when coming back from the airport.

I have seen trailers with cages with one gigantic pig inside, looks like the daddies of a million pigs making their way to meet their new lover.

A convoy of 3 pig transporters all had 4 live pigs on each motor bike. Not the most comfortable ride and not sure what would be the best position - in a tiny cage or laying flat on my back ?? Think I will choose riding the bike. Photographed out of Hanoi City.
A convoy of 3 pig transporters all had 4 live pigs on each motor bike. Not the most comfortable ride and not sure what would be the best position – in a tiny cage or laying flat on my back ?? Think I will choose riding the bike. Photographed out of Hanoi City.
Raw Pig's Brains - nothing in Vietnam is ever wasted, when an animal is for meat, the whole animal is consumed. Most cultures used to be like that, but now we have many taboo ingredients.
Raw Pig’s Brains – nothing in Vietnam is ever wasted, when an animal is for meat, the whole animal is consumed. Most cultures used to be like that, but now we have many taboo ingredients.
A popular dish in Hanoi, pigs brain in a broth with bean sprouts, washed down with iced tea.
A popular dish in Hanoi, pigs brain in a broth with bean sprouts, washed down with iced tea.

Butcher at work, on far right she is plucking the hairs out of the ears, pig ears are added to some spring rolls so check before eating.