Vietnam is world-famous for its diverse, flavorful and balanced cuisine, and Hanoi food is especially interesting. Hanoi food has its own legendary dishes, and the city is packed with places to eat.
You can spend the whole day just wandering the street and enjoy snack food or street food from early morning until late night with thousands of different dishes on streets around Hanoi.
1. Nem chua nuong (Grilled fermented pork roll), 10 Au Trieu
The restaurant opens from 14h until midnight. It is decorated quite simple with trays stacked on plastic chairs and placed on one side of the alley.
Unlike fried fermented pork roll which is dry and greasy, grilled fermented pork roll keeps the original pink color of the meat with a sticky glue wrapped outside. Dip the roll in to sauces and bite, the special flavour will pervasive in your mouth. The restaurant also serve grilled dishes such as golden fish, amberjack or squid ...
The price for a grilled fermented spring roll here is 4,500 VND. Iced tea: 3,000 VND/cup, lemon tea: 7000 VND/cup, fruits: about 15,000 VND/plate.
Address: No 10, Au Trieu, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
2. Bun Cha (Noodles and grilled meat) in Hang Manh
Pho might be Vietnam's most famous dish but bun cha is the top choice when it comes to lunchtime in the capital. Just look for the clouds of meaty smoke after 11 a.m. when street-side restaurants start grilling up small patties of seasoned pork and slices of marinated pork belly over a charcoal fire. Once they're charred and crispy the morsels are served with a large bowl of a fish sauce-heavy broth, a basket of herbs and a helping of rice noodles.
Address: No 1, Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
3. Hoang Anh Jack-fruit yoghurt at 22 Ba Trieu
At No. 22 Ba Trieu Street, near Hang Khay - Trang Thi intersection, the small Hoang Anh yoghurt restaurant is located on the sidewalk. Only with a simple glass box, the restaurant is always crowded in various of ages.
There are varieties of yogurt can be found here such as yoghurt with sweetened porridge, fruit yoghurt, jelly and bubble yoghurt, violet blutinous rice yoghurt and so on.
4. Mango sweetened porridge, Nguyen Truong To
Mango sweetened porridge is a kind of popular food recently. Nguyen Truong To street is considered as the delicious restaurant in Hanoi which serves this kind of porridge.
Located at 2 Nguyen Truong To, the intersection with Hang Than street, the small restaurant is always crowded. On menu, there are dozens kind of sweetened porridge with jelly, but almost all of people coming here taste mango sweetened porridge first, then choose other types.
Mango is cut, cooked with jelly and then put in small bowl, then a layer of milk cream is added on the top. On eating the dish, you will see the greasy of milk and the flavour of mango slices. Each bowl of mango sweetened porridge is 8,000 VND.
Address: No 02 Nguyen Truong To, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
5. My van than Binh Tay (Binh Tay wonton) in Hang Chieu street
A bowl of Binh Tay wonton has noodles, wonton. The wonton is made from flour and eggs, then flattened to be crispy and tough but remain the yellow color. It is stuffed by shrimps, mushrooms, a slice of boiled eggs, shredded vegetables and shallot, wrapped in a thin layer of flour. Chicken bone, pig bone, dried sturgeon are simmered, combined with some medicinal and shrimp shells that make the broth be special and appetizing.
Address: 54 Hang Chieu, Dong Xuan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
6. Rice doughnut in O Quan Chuong
Standing near O Quan Chuong (Ha Noi), rice doughnut store is the favourite place for people in Hanoi in particular and for everyone in general who desire to enjoy the flavour of Hanoi snack food. The doughnut is made from flour, green bean and sesame outside. It is so small that one piece is eaten once. The price is VND1,000 per doughnut.
Address: O Quan Chuong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
7. Plain rice flan in Le Ngoc Han
This famous flan in Hanoi has been famous for decades, which is the favorite snack food of the students. The flan is soft and a little tough with the taste of greasy and warm. Combination with ground pork, fried tofu, broth, and some herbs, the plain rice flan is considered as one of the featured cuisine in Hanoi. It is 13.000 VND per bowl.
Address: 8B, Le Ngoc Han, Ngo Thi Nham, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
Author: Freeland Journey.