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6 must eat food in Hanoi

Vietnamese cuisine iss very diverse from North to south. Every region and city offers it owns local specialties. The best destination in Vietnam for good dishes is Hanoi. Nearly 80% of popular Vietnamese dishes originated in Hanoi. In this article, we highlight a list of top 10 must eat food in Hanoi.

1. Bún Chả

Bún chả consists of grilled pork and rice vermicelli noodles (bún). It is usually served with a plate of fresh Vietnamese herbs and a bowl of fish sauce which is combined with vinegar, lime, sugar, garlic and chili. Hanoian people often have bun cha for lunch or they somtimes have it for their breakfast or dinner as well.

Bun cha
Bun cha

Bun cha is found in many restaunrants in Hanoi. However, the best places to enjoy bun cha in Hanoi is the street food stalls in the old quarters. Some best food stalls for bun cha in Hanoi include bun cha Hang Quat (74 Hang Quat Str.), bun cha Cua Dong ( 41 Cua Dong Str.), bun cha Lien Huong (24 Le Van Huu Str.).

2. Nem Cua Bể

Nem cua be is made with fresh crab meat. Unlike regular spring rolls, they are wrapped into a square shape before being fried. Nem cua be is a specialty of Hai Phong, a seaside province in Northern Vietnam, but are fantastic in Hanoi as well.

Nem cua be
Nem cua be

Nem cua be is also served with rice vermicelli, herbs and fish sauce. The best addresses to eat nem cua be in Hanoi is 59 Hang Ma Str,. 1 Ly Thai To Str,. 1 Pho Hue Str. .

3. Chả Cá

Cha Ca is one of the unique specialties of the Hanoi and definitely a must eat food in Hanoi.  Chả cá is regarded the most complicated one because of strict requirements from the very first process to the final step in order to maintain the unique taste of this special type of fish.

Cha ca
Cha ca

Best restaurants for cha ca in Hanoi:

  • Cha Ca La Vong Restaurant. Address:14 Cha Ca Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Chả Ca Kinh Ky Restaurant. Address: 25 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Cha Ca Thang Long Restaurant. Address: 19-21-31 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

4. Bánh Cuốn

Banh cuon is so soft and delicate and is usually eaten for breakfast in Vietnam. Banh cuon is made of a thin rice sheet rolled and filled with ground pork meat and minced mushrooms. It is served with fried shallots, cilantro herbs on top and a bowl of fish sauce.

Banh cuon
Banh cuon

5. Phở

Pho is the classic dish of Hanoi. With fragnant and delicate taste, pho is loved by many people from all over the world. A bowl of pho consists of aromatic soup, filled with slices of beef, rice noodles and a plateful of fresh herbs.


Where to eat pho in Hanoi?

  • Pho Gia Truyen. Address: 49 Bat Dan Str. Prices: About 40,000 VND – 50,000 VND per person
  • Pho Ly Quoc Su. Address: 10 Ly quoc Su Str. Prices: 55,000 – 70, 000 VND per person
  • Pho Thin. Address: 13 Lo Duc Str. Prices: 40,000 – 60,000 VND per person

6. Bánh mì

Bánh mì or Vietnamese sandwich is probably the best sandwich in the world. Banh mi combines a crunchy French baguette with pork, pate and some herbs and vegetables with chilli sauce.

Banh mi
Banh mi

Places to eat banh mi in Hanoi

  • Banh Mi Pho Hue. Address: 118 Pho Hue Str
  • Banh Mi 25. Address: 25 Hang Ca Str
  • Banh Mi P. Address: 12 Hang Buom Str

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