Our first meal in Sapa was lunch at the Hill Station. It's a more sophisticated restaurant with a great view of the terraced rice fields. Our first impression when we walked in was how modern and beautiful the decor was and the stunning view. We soon found out that the food, too, was quite modern and not so typical Vietnamese food...and it was delicious!
We decided to order two flights of rice and corn wine to taste the local alcoholic drinks. We were thinking that the rice wine would be more like sake. We were very wrong. It is not wine at all, it is distilled and we later found out that it was probably 70-80% alcohol. It tasted terrible! The corn wine was especially bad. Out of the cups we were given, I took 3 as shots to get it over with. Katherine and Rosie got some pineapple juice to use as a mixer and made a cocktail out of it. Also, you can get a liter of this stuff for about 1 USD, needless to say they have a big problem with DUIs.
On to the food, like I said it was modern. We started out with a sweet sticky rice with honey. I wasn't a huge fan but then again I prefer more savory. Katherine, Rosie and Laura seemed to like it well enough though. The main part of the meal was served family style with fried pumpkin, pork belly and vegetables and lastly fried chicken. They were all served with a spicy soy sauce, each sauce was a little different but all good. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the pumpkin and of course I love pork belly so this was a great meal for me!
Thanks to Laura for letting us use some of her photos!
Katherine & Bradley
Two engineers with a passion for food and travel! Join us as we eat our way through the world!