Top 8 Must Try Food in Hanoi


Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and one of the most popular destination of the world, offers all kinds of food which is ready to cater to almost every possible appetite. Hanoi is a historical ancient city with more than a thousand years of civilization. Food is part of the cultural heritage and a feature of civilization. Top food in Hanoi will introduce you the most famous delicacy in Hanoi.


1. Pho - Vietnamese Rice Noodles


Pho, also known as Vietnamese Rice Noodles, is undoubtedly the most representative local dishes in Vietnam. Vietnamese rice noodles can be served with a variety of meats such as chicken, beef, pork etc., really delicious mouthful. The broth, made from boiled beef bones with cinnamon and star anise, gives off a strong aroma. Before serving, sprinkle meat, noodles, herbs and onions over the noodles. Pho shops are available in the streets and alleys of Hanoi, with famous shops including Pho 10, Gia Truyen, Bun Bo Nam Bo and Pho Cuon Hung Ben.


Where to eat: Pho 10, Pho Bat Dan, Gia Truyen, Bun Bo Nam Bo, and Pho Cuon Hung Ben


2. Bun Cha - Toasted Pork & Noodle  

Bun Cha

Bun Cha is listed as the second most popular food after Pho. Pho tastes light and fresh, while Bun Cha is a perfect combination of sour, salty, sweet and spicy. A bowl of Bun Cha has only three main ingredients, namely roasted pork, chewy vermicelli as well as sweet and sour sauce. The ingredients are simple but the taste is not simple. The rice noodles and the toasted pork are separated when serving, the rice noodles will stick together but will be automatically separated in the soup of the toasted pork.


Where to eat: Bun Cha Dac Kim, Bun Cha Huong Lien (This is the restaurant that President Barack Obama eaten when he visited Hanoi!)


3. Banh Mi - Baguette Sandwich

Banh Mi

Banh Mi is a food of the combination of Vietnamese and French food culture. Since Vietnam was once a French colony, the French also brought the French Baguette to Vietnam, becoming the most common food on the Vietnamese people's breakfast table. The Vietnamese have improved the baguette sandwiches, adding the unique meat of Vietnam, pickled radish, mint leaves, soy sauce, chilli, mayonnaise, etc., to become a new flavor in the world.


Where to eat: Banh Mi 25, Banh My P, Banh Mi Hoi An


4. Cha Ca - Turmeric Grilled Fish with Dill 

Cha Ca

Cha Ca is special dish in Hanoi that full of Vietnamese characteristics, with the main ingredient is fish. The fish is put into the boiling oil on traditional charcoal stove, and the fresh and tender fish pieces and the green onion are fried and sizzling. The golden fish fillet is matched with vanilla, crispy peanuts and fish sauce, although it is a bit greasy, but very crispy and delicious taste really make people beg for more.


Where to eat: Cha Ca La Vong, Cha Ca Phan


5. Banh Cuon - Vietnamese Steam Rice Rolls

Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon is another delicious typical breakfast in Hanoi Vietnam that can be enjoyed all day long due to its popularity. Banh Cuon is made from the thin rice paper, ground meat (chicken, shrimp, or pork), minced wood ear mushroom and shallots. When served, it is can be matched with a dipping sauce called nước chấm which is traditionally made from fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and water.


Where to eat: Madam Hanh, Quan Banh Cuon Ky Dong, Banh Cuon Gia Truyen Thanh Van


6. Xoi Yen - Sweet Sticky Rice

Xoi Yen

Xoi Yen Sticky Rice is quite famous in Hanoi. The glutinous rice is covered with mung bean powder and ingredients such as pork roast, chicken and marinated egg, etc. Finally, sprinkle a hint of chopped green onion on it, which is very delicious. The simple meals can also highlight the peace and comfort of the Vietnamese.


Where to eat: Xoi Yen Restaurant


7. Bun Oc - Snail Vermicelli Soup

Bun Oc

Bun Oc is one of very famous local delicacies, especially suitable for breakfast or lunch in winter. The main materials for this food are snail and noodles. The soup is very important, and the snail should be carefully selected to ensure the quality and bring the delicious taste.


Where to eat: Madam Luong


8. Bun Thang - rice vermicelli with Chicken, Egg, Pork

 Bun Thang

Bun Thang, or rice vermicelli with Chicken, Egg, Pork, is a famous local specialty loved by people. The most important part for this dish is the broth, which is made from more than 20 kinds of materials including shrimp, squid, shrimp paste, onion, parsley, ginger, mushrooms, beets, fish sauce, sugar and vinegar, etc. Bun Thang is usually served during the Vietnamese new year Tet.


Where to eat: Thuan Ly Bun Thang, Bun Thang Ba Duc


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