There is always one — that an inimitable treat your trip to Vietnam’s capital city could not be complete without sampling. From bánh mì – the world’s best sandwich to phở – the world’s best noodle soup, our over 1,000-year-old capital has to offer a wide variety of signature dishes that capture the nation in just a few flavors – the most delicious and authentic Vietnamese foods. If you had time for just one meal in Hanoi, which should you choose? The answer is, of course, a matter of taste. But remember that: one flavor that beats all others in this Northern Vietnam city is fresh spring rolls.
When in Hanoi, forget what you know about fresh spring roll or phở cuốn —these are not your run-of-the-mill salad dish with a wide vegetable variety of requisite red onions and gratuitous carrot shreds. Hanoians make them with fresh white rice sheet and stuff them with vermicelli, meat (beef is the most popular), and whatever healthy veggies they happen to have on hand from cucumber, lettuce, and carrot to those high in vitamin A and other micronutrients and fresh herbs like mint making it a hearty yet healthy dish.
The recipe is totally versatile and when it comes to the fillings, the possibilities are endless. That’s why fresh spring rolls are one of the top dishes in Hanoi. Stuffed with all good stuff and providing that all-important crunch factor, just without oil dripping out the ends, these tasty and flavorful little parcels of phở cuốn are the perfect appetizer or snack.
Unlike the Vietnamese healthy spring rolls in Ho Chi Minh City and Southern Vietnam, which are served with creamy peanut butter sauce, phở cuốn in the capital with sweet and spicy fish sauce is a perfect treat to yourself on your Hanoi culinary tour. Stuffed with fresh veggies, noodles, fresh herbs like mint and lightly sautéed beef, it is a flavorful healthy combo to munch on for lunch or dinner on your Hanoi food tour.
If you love Asian, especially Vietnamese flavors and no wonder you should keep trying new Vietnamese recipes of Hanoi cuisine at home. Despite the variations of the fillings, spring roll recipe is a super easy and simple 30-min recipe and everyone loves these easy to eat, healthy, and delicious fresh spring rolls so that you would want to prepare them at home again and again. And if you eliminate the meat, all your non-meat eating friends can sample a delicious vegan or vegetarian roll! This seems like a boring vegetarian spring roll recipe. But giving it just the right amount of kick, a few generous tablespoons of dipping sauce ensure it is just as unforgettable as it is simple. After all, Hanoi’s fresh spring rolls are a comfort food that always satisfies even the pickiest eaters.
Where to go for the best fresh spring rolls in Hanoi?
Phở cuốn ngũ sắc
- Phở Cuốn Hương Mai: 25 Ngu Xa, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 P. Price range: VND 30,000 – 55,000.
- Phở cuốn Hưng Bền – 33 Ngu Xa, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 7:00 A.M. – 10:00 PM. Price range: VND 20,000 – 55,000.
- Phở cuốn Duy Mập – 79 Truc Bach, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 9:00 A.M. – 9:30 P. Price range: VND 35,000 – 110,000.
- Phở cuốn Thanh Hằng – 29B Truc Bach, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 6:00 A.M. – 10:30 P. Price range: VND 25,000 – 55,000.
- Phở cuốn Vinh Phong: 40 Ngu Xa, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 8:00 A.M. – 10:30 P. Price range: VND 22,000 – 55,000.
- Quán Choén – Phở cuốn ngũ sắc: 156 O Cho Dua, Dong Da District, Hanoi. Opening hours: 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P. Price range: VND 50,000 – 100,000.
Vietnam’s capital is so much more than just ancient history, ultimate old quarter, temples, pagodas, and churches. It is also home to some of the tastiest and most interesting food in South East Asia, if not the world – but what should you eat and where to find it on your Hanoi food tour? What are some examples of traditional Hanoian dishes? Let us show you the way