Hanoi – the charming capital of Vietnam always has something that keeps travelers busy.
From the appealing landscapes to the distinctive culture, Hanoi will leave any tourist a deep impression.
I have traveled to many regions of Vietnam, but the flavor of Hanoi’s cuisine impressed me most. It represents the delicacy of the capital with over one thousand years old.
In this post, I’m going to introduce to you the top 10 most popular dishes that you should try when coming to Hanoi.
“Pho” is the name attached to Hanoi. It is not only a simple dish but also the exquisite beauty of the Vietnamese culinary culture in the eyes of international friends. Two popular kinds of “Pho” you can enjoy in Hanoi consist of rice noodle soup with beef, chicken noodle. The known brands of Hanoi Pho like Bat Dan, Pho Thin, or Pho Co. The price for a bowl of noodles ranges between VND 30,000 – 60,000.
Beef soup noodle
Arrive in Hanoi, only VND 25,000-35,000, you can enjoy exotic pho or soya noodles mixing with kinds of meats and vegetables. People like this dish because it is easy to eat food. Popularly, “Pho Tron” or soya noodles are eaten with roasted peanuts, onions, beef or chicken.
Hanoi’s kebab rice noodles have previously been grilled with bamboo sticks, but very few shops sell this. Today, kebab rice noodles grilled by charcoal is more popular. You can choose to eat dumplings or fried pieces. Hot sauce is put in a big bowl, has a seductive fragrance. This sauce is considered the soul of the dish.
Traveling to Hanoi, you must try the most mentioned street food – noodles with fried tofu and sauce of macerated shrimp. The dish merely includes wishful fatty, fried tofu with white noodle disk and a few vegetables but it conquered the most discerning diners. If you are worried about food safety in the sidewalk cafes, you should choose restaurants. The price for a tofu noodle disk is from VND 15,000-25,000. Besides fried tofu, this dish can be eaten with fried nuggets, boiled meat, boiled pig tongue, etc.
Noodles with fried tofu
Steamed “Pho” paper rolls is a unique dish of Hanoian – a popular Hanoi Street Food Experience. Although it is not born simultaneously with soup noodles, the noodle roll quickly becomes a favorite dish of many. Hanoi noodle roll attracts customers by the chewy softness of noodles, taste of sliced medium-rare beef, fresh salads, and sauce, which creates a delicious dish of Vietnam, satisfying both even the most fastidious.
Besides noodles, Vermicelli noodles are also one of the most popular dishes in Hanoi, especially Snail Vermicelli noodles. On the sunny morning of summer or cold day of winter, a hot bowl of snail vermicelli noodles will satisfy all diners. Taste of chili sauce, fat snails, sliced banana flower, and sweet soup will make you unforgettable. To enjoy this dish, you can come to Tay Ho street, Dong Xuan Market, Hoe Nhai Street.
In Hanoi, there are many good addresses for boiled snail dishes; each restaurant has its own secret of sauce to attract customers. Young people love a snail restaurant only by different tastes of sauce or beam fruits.
Sticky rice in Hanoi
In Hanoi, there are many steamed sticky rice dishes like as: black beans, peanuts, corn, fried crab, chicken, meat steamed glutinous rice, khuc cake. Both the early morning and the late-night, winter or summer day, whenever you can enjoy this delicious dish on any streets in Hanoi.
Hanoi has plenty of list of hotpot dishes such as fish hotpot, crabs hot pot, cows, frogs, snails, chicken, duck, and goat. Each with its own flavor is always an exciting discovery for you. Some delicious hotpot addresses for your reference: duck hotpot in Cau Dien district, chicken hotpot in Commerce University, frog hotpot in Giang Van Minh, Truc Bach street, beef hotpot in Nguyen Phong Sac…
In hot days of summer, wandering around Hoan Kiem lake with an ice-cream will be an enjoyable experience when going to Hanoi. Not only summer, if you like you can try ice-cream in winter. Hanoi is famous for ice-cream brands including Thuy Ta, Trang Tien, West Lake. You can freely enjoy ice cream flavors such as fresh cream, lemon cream, vanilla, cream with cone shape with the price of VND 6,000 to 45,000.
No matter when you travel there, Hanoi always treats you well. Come here and explore why this city is so attractive. For more information about traveling in Vietnam, you can visit our website. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Have a nice trip!