What to Eat in Hanoi - the Cuisine Paradise

Hanoi - a thousand-year-old capital city with rich and diverse cuisine, has its own characteristics of the capital. Referring to Hanoi cuisine, it is referring to the streets, alleys running dozens of shops not only specializing in the same dish, but also bringing the variety of cooking methods to create different dishes, as the result, Hanoi owns many famous streets with its speacial unique delicacies. From the side dishes to the main dishes, Hanoi is sophisticated and elegant, making visitors remember for long time. Here is the 7 original dishes that you have to try in Hanoi.

1.    Phở

Phở obviously is recognized as the iconic and representative dish of Vietnamese cuisine. It is said that if you visit Hanoi without eating noodle, you have never been there. Some traditional famous noodle shops are Pho Bat Dan (number 40 Bat Dan street), Pho Ly Quoc Su, Pho Ganh (Hang Trong Street).

hot bowl of Phở
Beef noodle with the sweet of stew-bone water is an illustrious dish

2.    La Vong Grilled Chopped Fish

Fish is fried on in a small pan with oil. There is one charcoal stove every table where the pan is put on. fish is served with baked rice pancake, vermicelli, dry fried peanuts, some kinds of herb, fresh onion and shrimp paste. Shrimp paste is mixed with lemon juice, chili and then stired well until it is effervesce. It’s then added with belostomatid oil, some wine, some fat in liquid and sugar. The dish is umami, sweet and greasy. 

La Vong Grilled Fish - a handed down generation to generation of Hanoi
La Vong Grilled Fish - a handed down generation to generation of Hanoi

3.    Noodle with Roasted Meat 

The small pieces of meatmarinated with spices are grilled until the fragrance spreads. They then served with a bowl of sweet and sour sauce with vinegar, garlic, chilli, pepper and sliced green papaya. Together with white vermicelli and some kinds of herds, fresh perilla is indispensable in this food. 

One of the spirit of Hanoi cuisine
One of the spirit of Hanoi cuisine

4.   Steamed Rolled Rice Cake (Banh Cuon)

Hanoi people frefer the fresh food with less grease, so Roll Cake is the typical dish of this land which is interested by numerous people. The rice to make this kind of cake is selected carefully before being ground into flour and mix with water. A thin crust is coated and picked out quickly. The maker put some pork stir fry with mushrooms and salted shredded shrimp on the cake. This food is served with fish sauce and roasted cinnamon pork. 

Bánh Cuốn (Roll Cake) is a traditional dish
Bánh Cuốn (Roll Cake) is a traditional dish

5.    White Vermicelli with Tofu and Shrimp Paste (Bun Dau Mam Tom)

This has become one of the foods that all visitors to Hanoi want to try atleast one time. The dish is suitable for enjoy all year round. The tofu is cut into small white and grease pieces with a yellow cover. Shrimp paste is the thing that makes this food special. It is mixed with kumquat juice, sliced chilli and some hot cooking oil. 

Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm - a very different dish
Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm is a very different dish

6.    Bánh mì (Vietnamese Sandwich) 

Some food savvy persons commented that the bakery in Hanoi can be ranked as one of the best in the world. It can be found anywhere in Hanoi and is the food that should not be missed. However, some of the famous places to enjoy bakery are Nguyen SInh Bakery, Pho Hue Bakery, Quang Trung Bakery and so on.

Hanoi bread is voted as one of the most tasty one by Gourmets
Hanoi bread is voted as one of the most tasty one by Gourmets

7.    Ngu Xa Rolled Noodle

Ngu Xa Street nearby Truc Bach Lake has long been an ideal destination for anyone who enjoys noodle rolls. The square rice noodle is rolled with kale and stir fried beef together with sweet and sour sauce. This food is best both in summer for its fresh and cool tastes and in winter for its piping hot. 

Rolled Noodle (Phở Cuốn)
Rolled Noodle (Phở Cuốn)

Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi

  • Ly Quoc Su Food Street: The neighborhood is located on Ly Quoc Su Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District. Here you can enjoy attractive dishes: Pho, banh mi, jams, pickled fruits, lemon tea, ...
  • Hang Manh Food Street: Hang Manh is a small 150-meter-long street located near Ly Quoc Su Street, famous for Bun Cha.
  • West Lake Food Street: This place is famous for shrimp cakes and snail dishes...
  • Hoan Kiem Lake Food Street: come here, you seem to be lost in a culinary world with a lot of attractive dishes: Sweet and sour salad , Grilled fish, Sweet gruel....


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