The mystery of the egg coffee is revealed during a food tour of Hanoi.
And bia hoi, no-frills bars serving ice-cold, house-brewed beer, are the perfect introduction - high on quality and low on pretence.
Vietnam's capital is a honking, hooting, swerving, heart-stopping, nerve-wracking roller derby of people and machines.
You can't create an iconic drink, but some drinks say it all about a city.
Accessible by water only, the opulently rustic Six Senses is a tropical island hideaway like no other.
Hanoi's best bars serve a winning mix of art, music and cocktails, writes Paul Chai.
From beaches to bays, mountains to caves, it's always worth stepping outside the capital cities, writes Kerry van der Jagt.