In addition to lots of attractive destinations, Hanoi undoubtedly impresses all visitors with its unique and diversified cuisines, which can be considered as the most typical dishes of Vietnam cuisine and at very reasonable prices.
By participating in Hanoi cycling tours or Hanoi day tours, visitors will not only get to conquer all outstanding attractions of Vietnam’s capital but also enjoy Hanoi’s superb cuisine with the wonderful street food heaven and typical local dishes favored by all foreigners as well.
How to explore Hanoi cuisine?
There are several ways to enjoy Hanoi cuisine, especially tailor-made food tour Hanoi. First, walking or motorbike food tours are extremely suitable for visitors wishing to enjoy Hanoi’s cuisine in a local way. There are great choices if you want to stay active throughout your holiday in the capital of Vietnam. If you are an unapologetic foodie, the tailor-made food tour Hanoi will let you enjoy authentic Vietnam cuisine with the help of a local chef. Or more interestingly, you can enjoy exploring a local market, where you pick your own ingredients before learning how to prepare popular street food dishes, such as Bun Cha (grilled pork patties with noodles), Pho (beef noodle), Ban Xeo (savory Vietnamese pancakes) and many more.
Hanoi street food
A unique cuisine that attracts both Hanoi foodie and many travelers is Hanoi street food. This is a city that takes the phrase “street food” seriously – food is literally everywhere. You need an expert or simply a Hanoi foodie lead the way to the best food stands or local restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter (near Hoan Kiem lake). The variety of cuisines from local dishes and street food to high-end restaurants made Hanoi one of the best destinations for hungry travelers in the world. Also by tasting Hanoi’s cuisine, visitors can learn more about Vietnamese culture, history as well as observing the local life in this thousand years old town. But do not worry about the prices as street food is cheap in Hanoi.
What to eat?
Pho (Noodle Soup)
This is the most popular dish in Hanoi as travelers love it for the savory broth and slow-cooked meat, both beef and chicken are just around $2 US. I really like its condiments, especially the small but potent red peppers and freshly made rice noodles. Let’s try it, it is actually a cheap bowl of soup with ultra-fresh ingredients and slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth slices of beef or chicken.
Cha Ca (Grilled & Fried Fish with Rice Noodles)
It is obvious that visitors will fall in love with the Hanoi food scene immediately just after tasting Cha Ca, a unique food to try in this city. Cha Ca, a Northern Vietnamese specialty is created by pan-fried chunks of meaty, turmeric, dill, fatty skinned fish, peanuts, shrimp paste and rice noodles and other fresh ingredients.
Xoi (Sticky Rice)
Sticky rice may be the ultimate Hanoi comfort food at which visitors can enjoy the glutinous rice with green mung bean paste and chicken fat topped with meat and paired with a bottle of beer. This dish is a true guilty pleasure.
Bun Cha (Grilled Pork & Noodles)
If Pho is Hanoi’s number one dish, then Bun Cha ranks easily number two when it is regarded as a Hanoi local food favorite, where grilled pork and rice noodles are the stars and fresh herbs, sliced papaya, red chili, and garlic are the supporting players. And you can add fried spring rolls to the mix to enjoy the dish in the most amazing way.
Pho Cuon (Rice Noodle Rolls)
If you love rice noodles, you will love Pho Cuon too where big rice noodles are rolled around beef and green herbs to make an amazingly delightful finger food. And then let’s ramp it up by dipping the Pho Cuon into Nuoc Cham, a mixture of fish sauce, sugar, vinegar and chili, which makes Pho Cuon much more delicious
Banh Cuon (Steamed Rice Rolls)
Many tourists immediately fell in love with these delicate rolls of steamed rice served with fresh herbs and bowls of Vietnamese pork sausage, mushroom, and minced shallots. That is Banh Cuon.
Che (Sweet Dessert Soup)
Che is a sweet Vietnamese dessert, especially when enjoying Hanoi street food, it is big pity if you miss out on Che. Che can be either hot or cold with a wide variety of ingredients such as jelly, mung beans, red beans, chunks of fruit, and tapioca beads.
These above are just some most popular and typical dishes of Hanoi, let’s come and explore Hanoi in your own way. I do hope that my review can be helpful and wish you a memorable trip in Hanoi.