Top 5 Foods You Should not Miss While Visiting Hanoi

Banh Cuon (Steamed rice pancake rolls)


“Banh Cuon” is made from rice starch and chopped pork, Jew’s ears, and dried onions. This dish is always eaten with a bowl of sauce which is made from fish sauce, lemon, chili, sugar, and drinking water. It is one of the most popular dishes for breakfast but you can also enjoy it whenever you like. Unlike the sauce in Sai Gon that is always sweet, the sauce in Hanoi is sour and spicy and added in dried fried onions and Cha Lua (Vietnamese ham). To enjoy this tasteful dish, you might drop by food stands and restaurants on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 1 and those on Pham Van Bach Street, Tan Binh District.  A portion is priced at 1$ – 2$. Reasonable!

Oc Luoc (Steamed snail)


It’s worth mentioning that food stands in Hanoi do not offer various kinds of dish that made from snail as those in Sai Gon. Hanoi steamed snail recipe is cooked with lemongrass and lemon leaves, then, accompanied by the special sauce made of garlic, ginger, and chili. This sauce promises to release a wonderful flavor in your mouth. If you want to enjoy this snack, you might drop by  La Chanh food restaurant on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 1.  A portion of oc Luoc for 2 people is priced at 2$. 

Banh Goi (Vietnamese crispy dumplings)


Featuring crispy wrapping and tasteful filling of vermicelli, grinding jelly’s ears mushroom, eggs,.. Banh Goi (Vietnamese cripsy dumpling) definitely make eaters craving for it. It’s worth mentioning that the dish is served with a special sauce made of suger, lemon, fish sauce, and pickled papaw. To enjoy this “mouth – watering” dish, you might drop by restaurants serving northern dishes on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 1 or on Vo Van Tan Street, District 3.  A portion for 2 people is reasonably priced at 2$. 

Bun Oc (snail vermicelli soup)


Bun Oc (snail vermicelli soup) is simultaneously sold with Bun Rieu because of the similarity in processing way, tastes and spices (fried thick chili). However, Bun Oc uses small tangled vermicelli and soup is made from pork bones, vinegar, and tomatoes. Moreover, the cooks offer different kinds of snails for their customers to order. 

To enjoy this tasteful dish, you might drop by the northern cuisine restaurants and food stalls near Tan Son Nhat international airport at only 2$. 

Cha Ca La Vong (traditional Vietnamese fried fish)


“Cha ca” is definitely a typical fried fish in Hanoi, which is compulsorily processed with turmeric and cumin. To make this fresh and tasteful dish, fishes are well-marinated with spices before setting up hot pan and noodle on the table. When fish is cooked, we take it out and eat with noodle, dill, and “Mam Tom” (smelly fish paste) to get a better taste. You definitely savor this tasteful and fragrant dish at District 3. A portion for 2 people is priced at 15$.


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