Vietnam cuisine is well-known for its delicate food that has never let us down. You can never get enough of the tasty flavor in harmony with colorful presentation. Out of hundreds of stunning dishes, there are 3 that stand out and are picked as the most iconic for Hanoi cuisine in general.
They are Bun cha (grilled pork with noodle), Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong chopped grill fish) and of course Pho Bo (Beef Noodle). Let’s find out more about these 3 unforgettable flavors which are included in almost every tourism package offered by Vietnam local tour operators.
Bun cha has been the most favorite dish of many foreigner tourists coming to Vietnam for many years. It consists of grilled pork, fresh noodle, and some raw vegetables. The pork, after seasoning, is grilled with Vietnamese charcoal on a metal grid broiler. The char-grill adds more flavor to the meat than any other methods. There are two kinds of meats. One is the chopped pork, which looks like a flat meatball. The second one is pork stripes which are like bacon. It is served with fresh noodle and raw vegetables. All are dipped in a sweet and sour soup which has fish sauce as the main ingredient, together with thinly-sliced papaya and carrot, and other spices like garlic, pepper, etc. Sometimes crab spring rolls are included as an extra dish.
Bun cha in Hanoi (Source: Internet)
Bun Cha Dac Kim – 1 Hang Manh Street, Hanoi
Bun Cha Huong Lien – 24 Le Van Huu Street, Hanoi
Bun Cha Sinh Tu – 8 Ta Quang Buu Street, Hanoi
In a famous magazine top list, Cha ca La Vong has made it to the top 100 dish you must try before you die. The dish is made of grill chopped fish, using with some fresh noodle and raw vegetables. The vegetable is varied but it must include dills and green onion. The special thing about this dish is that it is cooked right on the table as you eat. The fact that you get to cook your food makes it more exciting. The dipping sauce used with the dish which is made out of shrimp paste also adds a special flavor to the dish.
Cha ca La Vong – 3 Cha ca Street, Hanoi (Source: Internet)
Pho is obviously the most iconic dish when you travel to Vietnam. Every local tour guides in Hanoi has their own favorite stall and is willing to take you there if you ask. Pho or noodle is used with beef or chicken. However, the beef noodle is considered the most traditional and classic way to enjoy the dish. A bowl of Pho includes noodle, beef and green onions all dipped in the broth. The way that the beef is cooked is up to you. You can choose a medium-rare or a well-done. If you want to enjoy the dish the way local do, add lemon juice and chili sauce and don’t forget to order the savory cruller which is quay in Vietnamese.
Pho Thin – 61 Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hanoi
Pho Bat Dan – 49 Bat Dan Street, Hano
Pho bo (Source: Internet)
If you ever go on a local tour in Vietnam, remember to check if any of those dishes are included. Because coming to Hanoi without trying any of those, it would be a waste.
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