How to have a perfect meal in Hanoi
Perhaps, you should try to start your food journey with a bowl of Pho, which is proudly suggested by so many Vietnamese people. Pho is a great combination of steamed bones broth and rice noodle, then topped up with beef or chicken. Both choices are very tasty and appealing.
A typical dish in Vietnamese cuisine
Pho is inherently considered one of the typical dishes of the cuisine of Vietnam, visitors, therefore, can also find this noodle soup easily throughout the countries. However, Hanoi still possesses a very distinct and original flavor of Pho. For this reason, domestic travelers and international ones should, at least, try Pho in Hanoi, where it originated from. In order to get an authentic flavor of Pho, you should dress it up with lime, fresh herbs, and sauces.
2. Bun cha
Bun cha is a very familiar dish of Vietnam northern cuisine and gets a lot of compliments from tourists around the world. Also, Bun cha has been shortlisted as one of the top 10 greatest street delicacies in the world. Therefore, if you're wondering what to be firstly eat in Hanoi, Bun cha must be the top priority.
Bun cha is basically a rice noodle with grilled pork, comes along with a sweet and sour sauce bowl. The sauce bowl comprises with slices of fried pork pieces, crunchy sliced green papaya, and carrot. And of course, complete Bun cha combo is indispensable to be included with fresh herbs such as salad and coriander.
The sauce mainly consists of chopped fresh garlic, chili pepper, lime and fish sauce, bringing the sweet and sour unique taste. In order to fully enjoy Bun cha, rice noodles and herbs needed to be dipped together into the sauce bowl.
At some places, you can also order a crab spring roll when eating Bun cha
3. Bun thang
If "Bun" is understood as vermicelli rice noodle, "Thang" is known in Vietnamese medicinal context as a kind of mixture. The recipe of Bun thang, therefore, has a mixture of different toppings not only the herb mixture but also a wide assortment of meats.
Bun thang originates from Hanoi, in the northern region of Vietnam
It look like a simple dish but need more time to be well processed and presented. Bun thang is another kind of vermicelli noodle soup with shredded chicken breast, pork, and eggs. For a standardized broth, people boil and steam the chicken bones for a few hours.
4. West Lake shrimp cake
It is a simple but also special dish, made batter-dipped shrimp patties. The crunchy shrimp cakes are served with sweet and sour fish sauce, green papaya and carrot slices. You will get the best of shrimp cake when eating together with a little of fresh salad.
West Lake shrimp cake must be mentioned when it comes to the specialties of Hanoi
5. Cha ca La Vong
Cha Ca or grilled minced fish attracts the large range of Hanoi people as well as travelers all around the world on their trip to Vietnam. Located in Cha Ca street, Cha Ca La Vong is the famous restaurant with the long history.
Grilled minced fish
The thin slices of fish have to be mixed with ginger, pepper, and fish sauce; placed on bamboo skewers and then grilled over charcoal until get browned on both sides. Grilled fish is delicious to eat while it is still hot. And it is served together with shrimp paste sauce mixed up with lemon to be more flavored. However, if you do not eat shrimp sauce, visitors can still replace them with the fish sauce.
6. Rolled cake Thanh Tri
One of those specialities that you will surely be suggested all the time by the local experts is Rolled cake, Thanh Tri.
Rolled cake in Hanoi is not that oiled as in Saigon
The main material to make pie rolls is rice. It is then rolled with minced pork, topped with deep fried shallot, chopped fresh herbs and served with spicy fish sauces. The dish fits very well to everyone, regardless of gender or age.