If you are making a list of top must-try food in Hanoi, do not forget to spare a room for “Cha Ca” (Chả Cá – Grilled Fish). The special taste of “Cha Ca” will leave tourists a deep impression with the unforgettable flavor, elegance, and sophistication of Hanoi cuisine.
White rice is a staple food and also an essential ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine. Simple yet versatile, white rice can be ground into flour to make many different types of rice cakes, among which bánh giò stands out for its unique shape and flavor.
Mỳ gà tần is a sound combination of instant noodles, mugwort, and oriental herbs. With such not only yummy but super healthful ingredients, it is a common dish for sick people, especially after they have recovered. Not long ago, when I caught the terrible flu, each day, my mother bought me a portion of this dish. Despite my having no appetite, the noodles were pretty enjoyable and fragrant with the smell of chicken and mugwort mixed with different types of herbs which are particularly good for one’s recovery. Best served when hot, this would not be the top choice in boiling summers, but in bleak winters in Hanoi.
Banh Xeo – also known as crispy Vietnamese pancake, crepe or sizzling cake – is a famous street food which is widely believed to originate from France during its occupation of Vietnam. The word xèo depicts the sizzling sound when pouring the rice batter into the hot skillet
Bun Bo Hue (Hue beef noodle soup) is a specialty of Hue – the former capital of Vietnam. The name is to distinguish beef noodle soup from Hue and other provinces. Although the major components are also rice vermicelli and beef, what makes the dish distinctive is the perfect balance of its spicy, sour, salty, and sweet flavors. Nonetheless, the predominant flavor sometimes comes from lemongrass, one of the indispensable ingredients to create a superb bowl of Bun Bo Hue
If you find yourself wandering on the streets of Hanoi on a late winter evening, a short stop at a “Bánh Trôi Tàu” vendor is much-needed to warm your body up in the stinging cold weather. Being lesser-known to tourists than bánh mì or other kinds of noodles, yet bánh trôi tàu is a favorite street food of the residents of Hanoi when chilly breezes sweep through the city.
No street food list can be completed without the name of Banh mi. It started as a colonial novelty during the French colonization in Vietnam, became a nationwide favorite and now gained fame and popularity globally.
Mỳ gà tần is a sound combination of instant noodles, mugwort, and oriental herbs. With such not only yummy but super healthful ingredients, it is a common dish for sick people, especially after they have recovered.