How to explore Hanoi cuisine?


In addition to lots of attractive destinations, Hanoi really impresses all visitors by its unique and diverse cuisines. On top of that, you can have them at very reasonable prices.

How to explore Hanoi cuisine?

There are several ways to enjoy Hanoi cuisine, especially in a tailor-made food tour in Hanoi. First, walking and motorbike food tour are extremely suitable for visitors wishing to enjoy Hanoi’s cuisine in a local way. They are great choices if you want to stay active throughout your holiday in the capital of Vietnam. If you are an unapologetic foodie, the Hanoi tailor-made food tour 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), and savory Vietnamese pancakes (ban xeo) and many more.

Hanoi street food

Hanoi street food (Source: Internet)

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 stalls or local restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter (near Hoan Kiem lake). The variety of cuisines from local dishes, street food to the high-end restaurant makes Hanoi one of the world best destinations for foodie travelers. Also by tasting Hanoi cuisine, visitors can learn more about Vietnam culture, history as well as observing the local life in this thousand-year-old city. But do not worry about the prices as street food is cheap in Hanoi.

What to explore in the tailor-made food tour?

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, and 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 melt-in-your-mouth slices of beef or chicken.

Pho Bo

Pho Bo (Source: Internet)

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, the 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.

Cha Ca

Cha Ca (Source: Internet)

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.


Xoi (Source: Internet)

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.

Bun Cha

Bun Cha (Source: Internet)

Pho Cuon (Rice Noodle Rolls)

If you love rice noodles, you will love Pho Cuon too where big sheets of 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

Pho Cuon

Pho Cuon (Source: Internet)

Banh Cuon (Steamed Rice Rolls)

Many tourists immediately fell in love with this big pieces of fermented rice noodles served with fresh herbs and bowls of pork, mushroom, and minced shallots. That is Banh Cuon.

Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon (Source: Internet)

Che (Sweet Dessert Soup)

Che is a sweet Vietnamese dessert, especially when enjoying Hanoi street food, it is big pity if you forget Che. Che can be either hot or cold with a wide variety of ingredients such as jelly, mung beans, red beans, fruit and tapioca beads.


Che (Source: Internet)

These above are just some most popular and typical dishes of Hanoi, let’s come and explore Hanoi in your own way. streetfoodofhanoi hope that this review can be helpful and wish you a memorable trip in Hanoi.

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