Vietnamese food is considered as one of the healthiest around the world because it usually made of fresh and safe ingredients and balances between vegetables and meats.
So if you are going to pay a visit to Hanoi, the beautiful and friendly capital of Vietnam, trying top dishes in Hanoi is highly recommended besides visiting a number of popular places. Now, why don’t you have a look at these well-known and wonderful Vietnamese dishes for your days traveling around Hanoi?
Let’s start your Hanoi food tour with Banh Mi or Vietnamese sandwich. Vietnamese people have upgraded the baguette that was brought into Vietnam a long time ago by the French during the Vietnam War to a much higher level. The flavors of Banh Mi are quite various which are totally different from ones in other areas. In Hanoi, people just usually use some basic ingredients such as fried egg, sausage, grilled pork, pate cilantro, and sauce.
Perfect for a breakfast or midday snack, Banh Cuon is an amazing dish of ground pork or shrimp, mushroom, onions, and bean sprouts wrapped in a steamed rice flour sheet. It is fresh and soft so it may suit everyone’s taste.
To continue your Hanoi food tour, Bun Cha is such an excellent choice for travelers as must-eat in Hanoi when lunchtime comes. Around 10:30 a.m., a lot of restaurants begin to marinate small pork belly and small patties of pork in some basic elements such as ginger, pepper, and honey and then grill them up on a weak charcoal fire. The attractive smell of the grilled meat will definitely make you excited. After that, they serve a bowl of sauce with grilled pork, Bun (also named as rice noodle but different from Pho) and a basket of fresh herbs.
Pho can be considered as one of the most popular dishes of Vietnam. Your traveling to Hanoi must not be completed if you miss the chance of eating a bowl of pho. You will absolutely feel hungry while you wander around Hanoi and see people slurping Pho at a street-side restaurant. This dish usually consists of rice noodle, beef or chicken, coriander, scallion and salty broth. Pho is tasty, affordable and very nutritious. In addition, you had better try to eat Pho at many restaurants as you can to enjoy the distinctive flavors since each chef has their own private cooking recipes. In addition, you may enjoy Pho Xao which is stir-fried pho with beef, onions, and vegetable.
Being more like a midday snack, Sup Ga (chicken soup) and Sup Luon (starchy eel soup) will surely satisfy your taste during winter days. These dishes will give you more energy to continue your Hanoi day tour.
Vietnamese Chicken Soup
Cha Ca La Vong
Cha Ca La Vong is grilled turmeric-marinated catfish which was eaten by Vietnamese hundreds years ago. People use Hemibagrus catfish which is a popular fish in the rivers in northern Vietnam in order to make Cha Ca. Before it is brought out to a pan fry on your table with lots of vegetables, it is cut in nuggets and marinated in turmeric, pepper, and galangal.
Cha Ca La Vong
Vietnamese people usually drink coffee after they finish their meals. They like having a cup of coffee with their friends while chatting and enjoy the beauty of the city. There are a lot of kinds of coffee in Hanoi for you to give a try but Vietnamese iced coffee and egg coffee are the most popular ones. They usually pour the hot black coffee dropping through the filter into a cup with a layer of sweetened condensed milk at the bottom and add ice.
Vietnamese iced coffee
Another one is egg coffee. They use the same way to make dense black coffee and pour scrambled egg yolk on the top of the cup. Moreover Vietnamese people like sweets; hence they also add sweetened condensed milk into the egg coffee too. Giang Café and Dinh Café have the 2 most famous egg coffees in Hanoi.
Moreover, Ta Hien Street is also an exciting place for tourists to hang out with friends in the evening. During summertime, it’s perfect to try Vietnamese beer like 333 Beer or Hanoi Beer, get some snacks and freely talk to your friends there.
Other interesting spots we want to recommend are Sofa Café, Cong Café, and Highland Coffee.
The dishes mentioned above are only our suggestions for your Hanoi food tour. Let’s pay a visit to Hanoi and have a great time enjoying the amazing food with your family and friends.