As its name implies, all types of paraphernalia for smoking Lao tobacco ( Vietnamese crude tobacco ) were sold here in the past such as bamboo water pipes, water pipes with terracotta bowls, and tube pipes. In the early 19th century, the people of Hang Dieu switched to trading other commodities and only a few that were engaged in silversmith and repairing damaged tobacco pipes remained.
Under the French, Hang Dieu also specialised in making and selling leather goods. Hang Dieu and Ha Trung Streets both were involved in leatherwork but workers on Ha Trung made saddles, school bags and other leather items from imported hard Western leather, while those on Hang Dieu made conventional old style leather goods from suede or roughly tanned leather such as sandals and shoes made from pigskin. Later on, this street also traded in Sai Gon clogs ( painted wooden clogs).
Today Hang Dieu has many shops selling cotton blankets, mattresses, and pillows as well as several selling traditional products such as jasmine and lotus tea and lotus jam.
“ In Ha noi, lotus seed jam, a specialty of the city, is often included on the rray of food devoted to the ancestors. The most important ingredient of this jam, lotus seeds, is not difficult to find, but selecting the best ones takes skill. The best seeds must be smooth, round, and of the same size so they will be soft and aromatic when they are cooked. The best lotus seeds are grown in northern Vietnam.
Dried lotus seeds must be wll stewed. The cook must constantly readjust cooking time and the fire so the cooked seeds will not be broken. The sugar syrup used in the jam must also be cooked carefully so the sugar will be completely dissolved and fully penetrate the seeds. There must not be any excess sugar. When they are cooked properly, the lotus seeds will absorb the sugar and turn a beautiful yellow color. The jam is particularly aromatic and tasty if a little perfumed extract of grapefruit flowers is added. There is also lotus seed jam made from second grade seeds which are less flavourful so it is covered by a layer of surar to make it sweeter.
Drinking mouthfuls of Chinese tea or, even better, the best quality lotus tea, while enjoying a plate of lotus seed jam, is to experience a sweetness that gradually dissolves in your mouth – a simple yet unforgetable taste of the real Hanoi
- Hang Cot Street (Bamboo Lattice Street)
- Hang Vai Street (Fabric Street )
- Hang Dong Street (Copper Street)
- Hang Ruoi Street ( Sand Worm Street)
- Hang Da Street ( Leather Street)
- Hang Ga Street ( Chicken Street)
- Lo Ren Street ( Blacksmith Street)
- Hang Ca Street ( Fish Street)
- Thuoc Bac Street ( Chinese Herb Street )
- Hang Luoc ( Comps Street )