Hanoi is a food haven. There’s lots of different dishes everywhere, and best of all, they are cheap! What makes the city’s dishes excellently savoury is a blend of different influences: there’s a big influence from the Chinese as the country shares it northern border with China, but there are also influences from the French and the Thais, which make Hanoi’s cuisine unique on its own.
Vietnamese dishes are famous for travellers, as they are healthy. The Vietnamese are very meticulous in the freshness of their food, such that according to our guide, a majority of Vietnamese wives go to the market twice a day to make sure their ingredients for each meal are as fresh as possible. Vietnamese dishes – and of course Hanoi’s – always have lots of fresh vegetables and herbs, and put on with tasty sauces to make them unforgettable, especially for visitors.
Here are some of our favourite Hanoi’s dishes:
1. Cha Ca La Vong. This dish, which is named after the famous restaurant (be sure to visit it when you’re in Hanoi) which made this dish famous, is actually fried fish that is served with herbs, rice vermicelli, nuoc cham dipping sauce, sliced chillies and roasted peanuts. You can eat it wrapped in rice or egg paper, or just mix everything and dig in.
2. Grilled Bamboo Beef. This is a dish that won’t only excite your senses because it smells very good and tastes excellent, it will also arouse your curiosity when it is served: inside a bamboo tube. As it is, the strips of beef are inserted into the bamboo tube together with other herbs and spices, and then steamed. The end product is a deliciously sweet dish, you will contemplate on getting another one.
3. Banh Cuon, Banh Xeo, Nem Hue, etc. You can call it “banh”, “Nem” or any other thing. You can even call it spring roll if you want. Any which way, Hanoi’s most popular side dish (and street food, perhaps) is splendid for our taste. What makes it more interesting is you can use different wrappers, and eat them hot or cold. Which appetizer/side dish could beat that?
4. Bun Cha. This dish is regarded by the locals as one that is truly Hanoi. Unlike your normal beef or chicken pho, this one’s served with a big bunch of green leafy vegetables and rice vermicelli. The soup itself is made from grilled meat patties and fatty pork slices (these may be served separated from the soup), combined with your usual hot salty-sour broth, that is distinctly Vietnamese. Once all the pieces of this complex dish are served, you can combine them together, or dip each mix of the other ingredients to the sauce one mouthful at a time, and start your feast.
5. Pho. Here’s the most important tip: Do not leave Hanoi, and Vietnam for that matter, without trying its most popular dish, Pho. Enough said.
teachers for most of the last 15 years... into educational technology, e-learning and quality assurance. builds scale models of cars and robots, and experiments in photography in spare time. loves to travel and explore new places with family.
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