Eating authentic Vietnamese food in Hanoi is one of the most enjoyable things to do. The charming city preserves some long-lasting and delicious dishes that all locals of Northern Vietnam appreciate and keep teaching generations of their offspring. With the list of top 9 on hand, you have the yummy targets to aim to, during the Hanoi street food tours.
#1: Hanoi Pho (noodle with beef or chicken)
Hanoi is a cradle of the world-known “Pho” which is a type of noodle soup served with beef or chicken, some herbs, vegetables, etc., and the special broth. The key of this soup is the broth that is spiced according to the locals’ secrets. Without a doubt, Hanoi is the best place to eat “Pho” for tasting the original soup. This outstanding food is very popular in almost every restaurants, roadside eateries, and street vendors. You can even find the chains of Pho 24 in the city whenever you want to eat Pho. Most famously, Pho Thin and Pho Bat Dan are the best Vietnamese food in Old Quarter Hanoi that you should always savor at least one bowl.
#2: Xoi Xeo (sticky rice with steamed chicken breast or egg)
Dotted on the city map are many roadside carts that sell “Xoi Xeo” which is a kind of the sticky rice served with fried onion, bean, steamed chick breast or egg. Often, patrons can tell the vendors what ingredients they want on the sticky set. As this is the popular dish, Hanoi Old Quarter does have some sections that have it on the menus. This is the ideal breakfast to start a good day. And when you eat “Xoi Xeo,” remember to drink soymilk which can enhance the taste much.
#3: Banh Cuon (the stuffed rice flour cake)
A food tour to Hanoi cannot be complete if you overlook a plate of “Banh Cuon.” The plate includes some rice flour cakes stuffed with mushroom, minced pork, and various seasonings. In combined with the well-spiced fish sauce, this food offers the great taste as well as the aesthetic values. It’s quite easy to find places that sell “Banh Cuon” around the areas of Hanoi Old Quarter, ensuring you can discover the taste. And if you are on diet or vegetarian, just ask for the veggie versions.
#4: Cha Ca La Vong (a kind of fish sausage)
In some foodies’ bucket list by Vietnamese Food Guide is the La Vong Fish Sausage of Hanoi. In a genuine way, the fish sauce should be grilled and then combined with sets including vermicelli, shrimp, peanut, onion, dill, and vegetables. Just like what’s going on with “Banh Cuon,” the delicious sausage must meet the right fish sauce which together creates the best taste. The qualified sausage has no bone and is not fishy.
#5: Banh Goi (empanada dumpling)
Being in the shape of the miniature pillow, the cake is named “Banh Goi” whose taste is delectable. This kind of dumpling is filled with ingredients of minced pork, mushroom, taro vermicelli, and quail egg. The crispy versions of these cakes are the enjoyable snacks preferred by lots of Hanoians and foreigners. In particular, this traditional Vietnamese food to try in Hanoi is the unforgettable image in the Hanoians’ schoolyears; those that have to leave the city will remember this dumpling much because nowhere else has the good “Banh Goi” as in Hanoi. Served with the cake are vegetables and fish sauce. This is a common eating way: wrap the dumpling with lettuce, dip the wrapped set in the fish sauce, and eat them all.
#6: Nem Cua Be (fried crab spring rolls)
Popular ingredients included in the Hanoi-style spring rolls are the minced sea crab, pork, egg, carrot, mushroom, vermicelli, and some seasonings. These ingredients are covered with the rice paper. The sets will be deep-fried to have the crunchy taste. People can eat “Nem Cua Be” on its own or combine the rolls with vermicelli and vegetables. The sweet-and-sour fish sauce also plays an important role in enjoying this square-shaped dish. “Crunchy and scrumptious”, the fried crab rolls make foodies hard to forget. Its yellow appearance is absolutely eye-catching while the taste is mouth-watering.
#7: Banh Tom (shrimp cake)
“Banh Tom” might be the top authentic food in Hanoi that everybody tells you to eat when getting there. The fried shrimp cake brings the absolutely crunchy taste that both kids and adults appreciate. Though it looks quite simple, with the shrimp covered with rice flour, the taste is amazing when dipping it in the sweet-and-sour fish sauce. The special thing is that the sauce has some slices of papaya and carrot which are tasty, too. A single person can eat three plates of the shrimp cakes (and even more) because eating this food is a great joy, not being fed up with it at all. In particular, Ho Tay Restaurant serves the best versions of “Banh Tom” that all tourists should arrive and check in.
#8: Nom Chim Quay (BBQ pigeon plus papaya salad)
This is a long-lasting food in Hanoi, including the BBQ pigeon served with papaya salad, carrot, lettuce, and onion. The smart combination of meat and herb ingredients in the dish brings the savory taste that visitors like much. When the plate is ready before eyes, people will keep eating until the last piece.
#9: Bun Cha (grilled pork with rice vermicelli)
When pork is being grilled, it creates the enchanting scent that allures the passerby on the streets. In that sense, “Bun Cha” remains attractive to both locals and international foodies. Served with the well-spiced fish sauce, sets of barbecued pork, rice vermicelli, vegetables, peanuts, shallots, and more have been the Hanoi’s iconic food. In fact, President Barack Obama and Anthony Bourdain ate the grilled pork noodle, making it a brand of “Bun Cha Obama” in Hanoi that calls more patrons to Huong Lien Bun Cha on 24 Le Van Huu Street.
Top 9 traditional food in Hanoi urges you to check the taste and see for yourself if they are delicious enough. Step by step on the local streets, you’ll see the appealing eateries to treat belly with the yummy dishes.
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