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Hanoi Food Tour: Traditional Food Culture

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If you travel to Hanoi, you must try Hanoi foods – the best attraction culture. Let’s discover the best food culture in Vietnam!

Bun Cha – Kebab rice noodles (Hang Quat)

"Bun cha" includes rice noodle, grilled chopped meat, fresh vegetable and a bowl of sauce. The dish came from Northern Vietnam which presents for a long time ago. It should be considered as one of the specialties of Northern cuisine. "Bun cha" is similar to "Bun thit nuong" (Charcoal grilled pork on skewers rice noodles) of Southern Vietnam but the sauce is lighter. Bun Cha is usually served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of rice noodle and fresh herbs.

Bun Cha Hang Quat

Bun Cha Hang Quat

Bun Cha Hang Quat has been there the long time ago and always crowded. From the first time, it only has a few tables and now the number of tables rising and stretching along the alley. If you want to know more about the local food of Hanoi, you can't be missed this location.

Bun dau mam tom – Vietnamese fermented shrimp paste noodle (Alley 31 Hang Khay)

When talking about the street food culture of the Nothern, cannot mention "Bun dau mam tom". Only in Vietnam, you can enjoy this dish, especially, the shrimp sauce. Shrimp sauce is a specialty of Vietnam cuisine. To many foreigners, the smell of shrimp sauce might uncomfortable but enjoy to feel the unique taste of this dish. "Mam tom" is made from shrimp and salt, then they leaven from six months to one year for fermentation.

The stall usually includes a plastic chair for sitting, a bamboo tray to put rice noodles, tofu, meat, fried nuggets, and fresh vegetables and shrimp sauce. People eat and share their stories with friends. It is simple and comfortable to enjoy a delicious dish.

A full dish

A full dish

The stall located in the small alley of Hanoi's old quarter. When stepping into this alley, you might be overwhelmed by the bustle. With four or five similar stalls, it must be hard for you to choose. From the local advice, you should try the first stall on the left.

Snail rice noodles at Dong Xuan Market

Hanoi has many good typical dishes, one of which is the snail rice noodles. Rice noodle with snail is the specialty of Hanoi culture by the refined, sophisticated and great taste. The broth has a little bit of sour, add little spicy of chili then blend with the fatty taste of snail and tofu. This dish is usually served with fresh herbs, spinach, bean sprouts, and tomato.

Snail rice noodles

Snail rice noodles

Mentioned to Dong Xuan market, people can immediately think about the diversity and characteristic street food. Every stall always crowded. But the snail rice noodles stall is the most favorite of people. According to people here, this stall is one of the best true snail noodle in Hanoi.

Rice noodle soup

Rice noodle soup is one of the traditional dish and typical dish for the cuisine of Vietnam. The main ingredient is rice noodle and broth with beef or chicken. There are also have some spices like sauce, pepper, lemon, fish sauce, chili. People usually eat this at breakfast or midnight but in many big cities, they eat it the whole day.

The delicious dish for breakfast

The delicious dish for breakfast

In many Hanoi food tour, they will bring you to Bat Dan rice noodle soup restaurant. From dozens of years, Bat Dan doesn't have any off-season day. People have to carry the bowl, lined up and waiting for their turn because of the crowded restaurant.

Thin restaurant at 13 Lo Duc Street

Thin restaurant at 13 Lo Duc Street

Besides, with Bat Dan restaurant, Thin restaurant on Lo Duc Street has contributed to creating the famous of rice noodle soup to local people and people over the world. The bowl always has a lot of meets, scallions with the richness broth.

Vietnamese pyramidal rice dumpling at Thuy Khue

Vietnamese pyramidal rice dumpling is the most popular dish to Hanoi people. According to the local people, Thuy Khue is the largest place selling this dish. The crust is soft, not chewy but pretty thick. They put a lot of meat, black fungus inside, you can also add more sausage. You may call iced tea or soy milk for the drink, it would make you full all the evening.

The colorful dish

The colorful dish

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