Hanoi street food tour - unforgettable experience with Hanoi cuisine

One of the most interesting things to do in Hanoi - the capital of Vietnam - is to take part in Hanoi street food tour to experience the charm of Hanoi cuisine.

As there are such Vietnamese food that you can only savor fully their delicacy and deliciousness while staying in Hanoi (Vietnam). Below are some of our recommendations.

1. Pho (Vietnamese name: Phở)

Pho is considered the most particular food of Vietnam cuisine - Photo: Internet

Pho is considered the most particular food of Vietnam cuisine - Photo: Internet

Listed on top of the most highly-recommended Vietnamese food is pho. The same thing happens with Hanoi street food tour’s list. The chance to taste the beautiful flavor of this speciality always is open to everyone, no matter what time of the day. One serving is prepared with soft rice noodle dipped into boiled water and put in a bowl firstly. Then some slices of small spring roll are added, together with thinly sliced raw beef.

Finally, delicious broth, which is made from each pho house’s heirloom recipe, is soused into the bowl to make raw beef become rare, as well as make the flavors of all ingredients mingle with each other. Just one time tasting the unique and delicate flavor of this specialty and tourists will understand why pho is praised by any well-known chef in the world.

These are some famous pho houses for tourists to consider: Pho Bat Dan, Pho Thin, Pho Ly Quoc Su, etc.

Where to try:

* Pho Bat Dan

Address: 49 Bat Dan, Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Price: about 40.000VND/serving (approximately 1.83USD/serving)

* Pho Thin

Address: 13 Lo Duc, Pham Dinh Ho, Hai Ba Trung Dictrict, Hanoi

Price: 50.000VND/serving (approximately 2.29USD/serving)

2. Bun Thang (Vietnamese name: Bún Thang)

Bun Thang is the “magnum opus” of Hanoi cuisine, for its recipe consists of nearly 20 ingredients - Photo: Internet

Bun Thang is the “magnum opus” of Hanoi cuisine, for its recipe consists of nearly 20 ingredients - Photo: Internet

Bun Thang is the Vietnamese name of a special-styled vermicelli with chicken soup. In fact, it is titled “magnum opus” of Hanoi cuisine. The traditional recipe of bun thang consists of nearly 20 ingredients, such as dried shrimp, lean pork paste, chicken, beets and others. In fact, a bowl of bun thang is a world of flavors and colors.

If tourists want to have the best experience with this “magnum opus”, you should come to Old Quarter Hanoi (Pho co Hanoi), as in this area there are bun thang houses well-recognized for a very long time, each has its own heirloom recipe that will not fail your gourmet experience.

Where to try:

Bun thang Hang Hom

Address: 33 Hang Hom, Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Price: about 20.000 - 30.000VND/serving (approximately 0.91 to 1.37USD/serving)

3. Bun Oc Chuoi Dau (Vietnamese name: Bún Ốc Chuối Đậu)

Bun Oc Chuoi Dau seems rather simple-cooked from the first impression of newbies. But in reality, a lot of cooking experience is required to make the dish become delicious and tasty - Photo: Internet

Bun Oc Chuoi Dau seems rather simple-cooked from the first impression of newbies. But in reality, a lot of cooking experience is required to make the dish become delicious and tasty - Photo: Internet

Bun Oc Chuoi Dau originally is from the countryside around Hanoi. Once your bowls of bun oc chuoi dau are served, tourists may be strongly impressed with beautiful colors as the recipe is full of varied ingredients. All of them are easily found in the rural areas in Vietnam, such as boiled down tomatoes, yellowish fried tofu, banana blossoms as well as slices of green bananas, special broth and other additional herbs and elements, along with one important ingredient that can’t be missed - plump snails. That is why every bun oc chuoi dau serving looks like a canvas of the countryside.

Also, after some spoons broth soused into the bowl, the odors and flavors of all those ingredients mingle with each other, the sour and greasy taste and the scent of vinegar become one such delicious savor that may turn your appetite into something spiritually clinging and unforgettable.

Where to try:

* Bun Oc Co Beo

Address: 2 Hoe Nhai, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Price: about 20.000VND/serving (approximately 0.91USD/serving)

* Bun Oc Ba Luong - recipe handed down from ancestors

Address: 34 Alley 91, Team 9, Khuong Thuong, Dong Da District, Hanoi

Price: about 30.000VND/serving (approximately 1.37USD/serving)

4. Banh Duc Nong (Vietnamese name: Bánh Đúc Nóng)

On the chilly days, servings of Banh Duc become one of the best warming things to savor - Photo: Internet

On the chilly days, servings of Banh Duc become one of the best warming things to savor - Photo: Internet

In Hanoi (Vietnam), Banh Dduc Nong (hot rice cake) is not only simple-cooked but also very popular, especially on the chilly days. These rice cakes are made from rice flour, chopped meat, wood ear mushrooms, fried onions, corianders and particular chilli sauce - all of which make the dish so moreish flavored. Le Ngoc Han, Goc De,… are well-known Banh Duc shops always are recommended by experienced travellers.

Where to try:

Address: 8 Le Ngoc Han, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi

Price: about 20.000VND - 50.000VND/serving (approximately 0.91 to 2.29USD/serving)

5. Nem Lui (Vietnamese name: Nem Lụi)

Nem Lui grilled on charcoal will create such a distinctly impressive odor that no tourist can resist their appetite - Photo: Internet

Nem Lui grilled on charcoal will create such a distinctly impressive odor that no tourist can resist their appetite - Photo: Internet

Nem lui is one the most loved street food by Hanoi people. Firstly, pork meat is finely chopped, then seasoned with spices and rolled into balls, lastly wrapped around a stick or the body of lemongrass and grilled on charcoal stoves.

Once ready to eat, this food smelled so strong and so delicious that with just one bite into the hot meat, it seems like there’s no other food in this world that could be comparable with nem lui, especially when dipped with chilli sauce. At some shops, the sauce is made from soybean sauce mixed with pâté, and fried peanut. 

Where to try:

Nem lui on Phan Huy Ich Street

Address: Phan Huy Ich Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Price: 7.000 - 10.000VND/stick (approximately 0.32 to 0.45USD/stick)

6. Banh Ran Ngot (Vietnamese name: Bánh Rán Ngọt or Bánh Cam)

6.	Banh Ran Ngot is round and small and crispy and so tasty - Photo: Internet

Banh Ran Ngot is round and small and crispy and so tasty - Photo: Internet

Banh ran ngot is a kind of rice cake of which the stuffing is made from green soy, the wrapping from glutinous rice flour and then covered with fried sesame. Lastly, it is fried with a lot of oil in a big fry pan.

Banh ran ngot has the greasy and sweet savor while its scent is very nutty. However, in Hanoi, this food has its more particular taste than ones in any other places in Vietnam, for the wrapping could remain crispy after a very long time and not become rigid.

Where to try:

Banh ran ngot O Quan Chuong

Address: O Quan Chuong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

Price: 3.000 - 5.000VND/cake (0.13-0.22USD/cake)

 

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