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Pigs + Pork
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.
Pig trotter in a butcher stand at a market in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Did you want your ears cleaned ??
Perfectly cleaned and plucked pigs ears. As we know Vietnamese make the best spring rolls in the world. For a local version try them with thinly sliced pickled pigs ears inside. Order: Goi Cuon Tai Heo Cham Mam Nem.
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.