Hanoi, especially Hanoi Old Quarter is very famous for delicious – healthy – cheap food. Ha Noi street food tour in here is one of important reason to attract more and more tourists from all around the world to visit here as well as make Hanoi become unique and more interesting. Discovering Vietnamese cuisine, you also discover Vietnamese culture. Hanoi Street Food is as good as food in deluxe restaurant so you won’t feel regret when you spend your small money with food here.
Phở - Vietnamese beef noodle soup - originated in Hanoi, but variations of it exist all around the country. But if you’re looking for the closest thing to the original, you better try Phở at one of the bazillion street stalls around Hanoi!
The popular soup consists of a specific type of flat rice noodles, a broth seasoned with a variety of Vietnamese spices, and typically either bo (beef) or ga (chicken). It is served with a heaping pile of herbs and greens for garnish and chili paste, garlic, and black pepper to taste.
Phở is an extremely common meal for any time of the day, but is often eaten as a breakfast food.
2. Banh Mi
Banh mi, which literally means bread in Vietnamese, can refer to any baguette sandwich with a variety of fillings, or even just the crispy baguette itself.
But the most typical Bánh mì usually contains pork or egg, coriander, cucumber, pickled carrot and mayonnaise and chili sauce. What really makes a banh mi delicious, in my opinion, is the addition of high-quality pate. Yum!
3. Bun Cha
Bun Cha is another extremely popular Northern Vietnamese food and an absolute must try food while you’re visiting Hanoi.In fact, President Barack Obama enjoyed a delicious bun cha while visiting Hanoi, and the restaurant he ate at - Bun Cha Huong Lien - is now fondly known as Obama Bun Cha.
Bun cha consists of grilled pork in a sweet and savory broth with a heaping pile of vermicelli noodles and fresh herbs and greens on the side. To eat bun cha, you slowly add in vermicelli noodles and greens into the pork and broth. Much like most other Vietnamese dishes, bun cha can be topped with chili paste, garlic, black pepper and more to taste.
Bun Cha is a Vietnamese foodtraditionally eaten for lunch, but can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
4. Banh Cuon
Bánh cuốn is a fantastically unique melt-in-your-mouth recipe originating from Northern Vietnam.
Bánh cuốn are homemade rice noodle rolls stuffed with ground pork, wood ear mushrooms, and topped with crispy fried shallots. It’s typically served with a light fish sauce for dipping.
The dish is typically consumed by Vietnamese for breakfast, but it’s offered throughout the day at most establishments.
My favorite part about Bánh cuốn - aside from eating it of course - is watching the women in the food stalls cooking the delicate rice rolls on a circular griddle.
5. Banh Xeo
Bánh xèo literally translates to sizzling pancake due to the noise the batter makes as it hits the skillet.
It’s a crispy pancake filled with little shrimp and beansprouts and served with the standard heaping pile of herbs and lettuce and long thin strips of cucumber and something resembling unripe mango and eggplant. The Vietnamese pancake is cut into strips and wrapped in a thin rice wrap with your choice of greens and veggies then dip it in the provided light dipping sauce.
Banh Xeo is often eaten alongside Nem Lui, or lemongrass barbecue pork skewers, which can be eaten off the stick or cut up and rolled into the banh xeo wraps.