Metropole Hanoi celebrates Tet with Old Quarter-style market and more

13:39 | 14/01/2020
The spirit of old Hanoi will sweep through Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi this month, as the hotel celebrates Tet with a traditional Old Quarter-style market from January 17 to 19. The festivities will continue with special culinary offerings from January 24.
metropole hanoi celebrates tet with old quarter style market and more
Metropole will host a cooking competition at the market at 5pm each day

At the Tet market, food vendors in the hotel’s patio will sell authentic Vietnamese favourites, while children will be given traditional toys known as to he, edible figurines made from glutinous rice powder shaped to look like flowers and animals. Market-goers can also learn the art of classic Vietnamese calligraphy.

Wine, craft beer, and other refreshments will also be on offer, as will souvenirs that visitors can take home as memories of the Vietnamese lunar new year. Traditional-style Hanoi houses will also be erected in the hotel’s walkway outside La Boutique du Metropole, adding to the “Old Quarter” ambience.

The Tet market at Metropole Hanoi is open to the public daily, and kicks off on Friday, January 17 at 4pm with an opening ceremony featuring a traditional dragon dance. The market continues on January 18 and 19 from 11am to 8pm. More than 15 vendors will take part in this year’s bazaar. Special Metropole Tet hampers with luxury and gourmet items will be available for sale at the market and at L’Epicerie du Metropole from January 6 onwards.

The hotel will host a cooking competition at the market at 5pm each day. On January 17, contestants will vie to see who can create the most delicious “Chung cake” (a traditional Vietnamese rice cake) while January 18 will witness a battle of banh cuon, and January 19 will determine who is able to produce the tastiest spring rolls. Winners will receive a voucher for a complimentary homemade cake from L’Epicerie du Metropole.

A Vietnamese floral specialist from local boutique Liti Florist will host a flower workshop from 2pm to 4pm on January 18.

An exclusive six-course Tet 2020 Gala Dinner at Spices Garden will be served on January 24 featuring grilled oysters with shallots and roasted peanuts; blue prawn in a mild coconut soup; fresh yellow bamboo and beef salad; braised chinh fish with green banana; grilled pigeon and foie gras; and banana fritter, traditional Tet candied fruits, and vanilla ice cream. The gala dinner is priced at VND2.5 million ($108.7 million).

By Van Anh

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