"We first came across Quẩy while eating dinner in Hanoi. A big plate of them came with the Pho we ordered (mine, incidently, contained beef cooked in red wine, which made the broth a rich red colour).
"Quẩy are deep-fried dough sticks perfectly designed for all manner of dipping scenarios. They're popular with rice porridge during breakfast, are regularly eaten as a street food snack
with various dipping sauces, and (in my case that evening) can be used to soak up pho broth.
"What's so great about Quẩy (which are known as Youtiao in other parts of Asia) is that they're so versatile. With the pho that evening, the Quẩy were savoury, served with a wedge of lime. But they're more than capable of being a sweet addition, dipped into coffee or hot chocolate.
"We came away huge fans."