Buy discarded beer cans, bring them as chicken in cans, sell 1000 servings / day

A sidewalk shop with a few old plastic tables, but every day, Ms. Thuy sells thousands of chicken dishes in cans.

Chinese traditional herbal chicken is a delicious and nutritious dish that helps to foster health, especially for the long-term sick, the sick, the debilitated person …

This dish can be found in any street in Hanoi, but finding the right restaurant with a soft, fragrant chicken piece infused with the sweetness of traditional Chinese medicine, making the taste “satisfied” is not easy.

Many “followers” of the chicken spread to each other about a chicken shop in a can located in a small alley in An Duong street (Hanoi). Small chicken shop with only a couple of old plastic tables but very popular with gourmet guests.

The owner is Ms. Pham Thi Thuy, has nearly 20 years selling flipped duck eggs and 12 years selling chicken noodles. Only with that small sidewalk shop that every day, she sells nearly 1,000 servings.

Every day, Ms. Thuy has to wake up from 4am to make chicken. The shop is open for sale from 6 am to 19:30 pm. On cold days, sometimes only 17-18, Ms. Thuy was out of stock. Later guests have to regret leaving.

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A serving of chicken noodles includes an industrial chicken drumstick, homegrown wormwood, and Chinese herbs. 

At first, Ms. Thuy’s shop only sold flipped duck eggs. In one attempt to buy chicken for her family, she was praised by the whole family.

So she tried to make this dish to sell to customers. Initially 2kg chicken thighs / day then 5kg / day, 10kg / day …

“I do not learn this from anyone, so I just do it my own way and ask the client for advice. Gradually, I will learn by myself to have my own recipe”, she shared.

To get a delicious chicken drumstick dish must go through many stages. Chicken thighs must be firm, not too young or too old, washed, avoiding odors and simmered. The traditional herbal medicine recipe is considered by Ms. Thuy as “heirloom” because it is the soul that makes the dish. Her wormwood vegetables are self-grown, enough to be sold all year round.

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Chicken drumsticks for chicken dishes are industrial chicken with food hygiene inspection.

“From 6am – when I opened the door, there were customers already. The most crowded guests were from 11 noon to 13pm, and from 17:00 to 19 pm. Weekends were more crowded,” Ms. Thuy shared.

It is a rather fussy dish, takes time, but the price of chicken at Ms. Thuy’s restaurant is very affordable.

A can of chicken frequency costs 20,000 VND. Guests can order an extra package of noodles for 5000 VND or a mugwort flipped duck egg for only 5000 VND. Particularly, the dish of fried wormwood eggs is priced at 12,000 VND. This price is suitable for many diners from students, students, workers …

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After preliminary processing, the chicken is soaked with Chinese herbs and seasoned with spices.
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Wormwood is grown by Ms. Thuy’s family in the middle of the Red River.

Many customers wonder why Ms. Thuy has not increased the price for many years. “My chicken is industrial chicken, so the price is not high, the vegetables can be grown by myself. I think it’s fine to have a little profit, but many customers are fine. And many people also support me for many years, so I don’t want to increase. price, “she said.

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After the chicken is stewed to the right degree, Ms. Huyen puts the chicken with wormwood in a can. That is why this is called the chicken dish in a can.
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The cans were purchased by Ms. Thuy from the beer shops for 300 VND / can, brought back, cleaned and dried.

Ms. Tran Thuy Hoan (Ba Dinh, Hanoi), a familiar customer of this restaurant, said: “I have been eating here for about 2 years now. I eat well, so I often come to eat. Sometimes I have to come over lunch or before the end of the game so that I don’t have to wait long. “

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The chicken pot is smoky.
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Chicken dish can be served with shrimp noodles very well.

Different from Mrs. Hoan, Ho Hai Quang (Nghe An) – a technology motorbike driver who came to eat at Mrs. Thuy’s chicken noodle shop, said: “I usually eat two packages of noodles and a can of traditional herbal chicken. Eating very well without the strong smell of traditional Chinese medicine. The price here is also very affordable, only 20-25 thousand VND per bowl, in other places up to 40-50 thousand VND “. Therefore, every time he brings passengers around this area, he will visit Ms. Thuy’s restaurant.

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Due to the affordable price of the restaurant, it attracts many diners to enjoy.
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Small tables are always full of customers.
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At the peak, Ms. Thuy and her husband quickly served but still could not keep up.
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On cold days, Ms. Thuy’s shop ran out of thousands of cans of chicken.

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