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If you get hungry in Hanoi

Fresh spring rolls
With the interwoven alleys of the maze-like Old Quarter offering up a marvelous range of steaming local dishes, Hanoi, which offers some of the best street food in Southeast Asia, is a street food paradise. Venture beyond the crowded Old Quarter and you can find even more dishes ranging all the way from bún chả, phở to many kinds of sweet soups. Enjoy street food in Hanoi with: Best Indochina tours

  1. Bún chả
Bún chả

Bún chả- source: internet

Often found at specialty food stalls, serving nothing else, Bún chả is a Hanoi specialty – a must try when visiting this city. Made of chargrilled pork patties, vermicelli noodles and salad leaves, Bún chả is a solid favourite with both locals and foreigners alike. Barbecued over smoldering coals, the pork patties are usually smoked by a conical hat wearing man/woman with a hand fan. This tasty meat is then served in a big bowl, deep in vinegary fish sauce broth and crunchy pickled carrot and green papaya. On the side there are salad leaves and copious amounts of garlic and chili to complement the taste.

  1. Phở
Phở

Phở- source: internet

Your visit to Hanoi could not be complete without having at least a steaming bowl of Phở, arguably the most famous dish of Vietnamese cuisine. Put simply, Phở is a noodle soup served with several kinds of vegetables, herbs and either beef (Phở bò) or chicken (Phở gà). The secret in the recipe of good Pho lies in its broth. Often simmered with meat stock for hours, the scrumptiousness of the flavorsome broth breaks or makes the dish. This mild dish is usually served with garlic, lime and chili on the side to be added to taste. As Phở is traditionally served as a breakfast item throughout Vietnam, generally more readily available in the morning, get in there early. Mekong boat tours

  1. Fried spring roll (Nem Ran)
Fried spring roll

Fried spring roll- source: internet

Usually costing only 10,000 VND per sizable piece, Nem Ran-Vietnamese spring rolls can be found all over Hanoi. As there are a lot of variations on classic Nem, it is highly recommended to try as many as possible! Hanoians often enjoy Nem either as an accompaniment to Bun Cha or a meal or mouthwatering appetizer. Stuffed with mushroom, glass noodles and anything ranging from minced pork to crab meat and sometimes shrimp and seafood, fried and crispy, Nem are often served with the stunning Vietnamese dipping sauce called Nuoc Cham which is a wonderfully sour and sweet concoction of fish sauce, lime juice, chili and lemon grass. A dish to try!

  1. Pillow cake (Bánh Gối)
street food in Hanoi

street food in Hanoi- source: internet

Stuffed with minced pork, glass noodles, mushrooms and various seasonings, folded and deep fried- admittedly not the healthiest street foods, Bánh Gối is still a wonderful Vietnamese appetizer. This light pastry is served with a side of herbs, fresh leaves and indispensably, dipping sauce (Nuoc Cham) to balance it out. Simple yet delicious!

Top tip: The main player in town making this dish is Goc Da Restaurant at no 52 Ly Quoc Street, beside St Joseph’s Cathedral. Crab spring rolls (Nem Cua Be) here are also delicious.

  1. Fresh spring roll (Phở Cuốn)

 

Fresh spring rolls

Fresh spring rolls- source: internet

Fresh spring rolls are popular in Hanoi, especially in summer. Cuốn refers to the fresh rice paper sheets which are often used to roll beef together with fresh vegetables and herbs, making a sort of fresh spring rolls. Served with fish sauce, these are a fairly recent but warmly received addition to this capital city’s street food scene.

Top tip: Truc Bach Lake in Tay Ho district, where there is a whole street dedicated to Phở Cuốn dishes, is spring roll heaven.

  1. Vietnamese baguette (Bánh Mì)
Banh mi

Banh mi- source: internet

Being a poignant, lasting symbol of French colonialism, in Vietnamese version, these baguettes – banh mi are given a local twist by being stuffed with egg, slices of cold meat, shredded daikon, pork liver pate, pickled vegetables, mayonnaise and chili sauce. The baguette is essentially a blank slate and you can always choose what to add to it. Kebab bread, which is a perfect accompaniment to cold bia hoi (Vietnamese organically brewed beer), has recently become very popular in Hanoi. It is easy to find Bánh Mì carts on most street corners, all over this capital city. Don’t be put off by these carts often having grubby looking facade. Be brave and you will not be disappointed!

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