People might think that Vietnam is just about Pho. Well, this country has a lot to offer when it comes to their traditional cuisines and street foods. I’ll share to you some of the famous Vietnamese foods and the places where you can have it.
But before that, what I really like about Vietnamese foods is that they always have a platter of fresh vegetables on the side, the leafy ones to be exact. This means, whether they value or not, every serving proffers a nutritional value to their customers.
Moving forward, here are my top 8 MUST-TRY foods in Hanoi you can’t miss:
1. Xoi Yen
A flavorful dish I really love. It’s sticky rice accompanied with pork or chicken, boiled/preserved egg. Served with fried shallots or garlic on the side and a scattering of herbs on top. More on a complete meal and go-to food for the locals and foreigners too.
Location: 29A Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi. It’s right next to the Philippine Embassy.
2. Pho Chien Phong
A deep-fried rice noodles shaped in a square-topped with gravy and sautéed beef and fresh herbs. It’s like the typical crackers but a flavored, crunchy, and savory one.
Location: 33 Ngu Xa street “Pho Cuon Hung Ben” Truc Bach, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
3. Nem Nuong
Another mouth-watering dish is Nem Nuong or literally “grilled sausage”. It’s a traditional Vietnamese pork sausage served with rice noodles and sliced fruits and fresh vegetables. Such as lettuce, carrots, cucumber, unripe mangoes, and bananas.
It can be eaten as an appetizer / a snack and dipped in a fish sauce. Or a peanut sauce made of hoisin sauce mixed with peanut butter / crushed peanuts.
Location: Nem Nuong Xuan Dan, 155 Doi Can, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
4. Pho Cuon
You’re might not familiar or you haven’t heard about Pho Cuon. If you’re dog-tired of eating Pho well this is another option to take Pho in a different way.
Famous street food in Hanoi made of a rice noodle stuffed with beef, cilantro/basil and other vegetables which varies on the location. Pho Cuon is served with Nuoc Cham, a fish sauce base mixed with sugar, vinegar, and a chili/pepper.
It is also found in 33 Ngu Xa street “Pho Cuon Hung Ben” Truc Bach, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
5. Bun Dau Mam Tom
This is an interesting dish for foreigners because of its sauce. So it’s another well-known noodle dish (vermicelli) served with Mam Tom sauce or “Fermented shrimp paste”. It has deep-fried tofu, boiled pork, vegetables, and fresh herbs.
You can find it in 518 Lac Long Quan, Tay Ho district, Hanoi.
6. Banh Xeo
Banh Xeo is a deep-fried crepe stuffed with pork, bean sprouts, herbs and sometimes with shrimps. Vietnamese people eat it by rolling it up in a rice paper and dip it in their special sauce.
I remember the very first Banh Xeo I’ve tasted was in Da Lat, Vietnam and it was really good. Someone said to me that the best Banh Xeo is in Central Vietnam.
But the best Banh Xeo in the city of Hanoi for me will be found in “Nem Nuong Xuan Dan” located at 155 Doi Can Street, Ba Dinh district. It was really good!
7. Bun Cha
One of my comfort foods here in Vietnam is this grilled pork with rice noodles and fresh leafy vegetables and dipping sauce on the side, Bun Cha.
Location: 213 Doi Can, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi
Your food trip will not be complete without a dessert. If you’re craving for something sweet too this will be perfect for you.
A colorful sweetened jelly, tapioca pearl, and ice. Mixed with coconut milk or sometimes yogurt. Some Che served with fruits based on the season.
Location: 110-C9 To Hieu, Cau Giay district or 5 Nguyen Truong To, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi.
There are dishes too that each and every province of Vietnam is very proud of. In fact, I’ve already featured some of my favorite Vietnamese foods in my previous article like Banh My, Pho, Ca Phe Trung “Egg coffee”, Banh Cuon, and a lot more!
Read the article: I’m a millionaire to know more about the typical lifestyle in Vietnam.
Vietnamese foods offer a subtle approach when it comes to the culinary world. Every dish has a distinctive flavor that reflects their culture and passed on from generation to generation. It may sometimes vary region by region, but all I can say is they are all freaking delicious.