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What to Eat in Hanoi

Phở -The most popular dish


What list of Vietnamese cuisine would be complete without pho? It’s almost impossible to walk a block in Vietnam’s major cities without bumping into a crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodles at a makeshift pho stand. This simple staple consisting of a salty broth, fresh rice noodles, a sprinkling of herbs and chicken or beef, features predominately in the local diet -- and understandably so. It’s cheap, tasty, and widely available at all hours.


In Hanoi: Pho Thin, 13 Lo Duc, Hai Ba Trung District.

In HCM City: Pho Hung, 10 Nguyen Thi Nghia, District 01

Chả Giò - Spring Rolls 


Vietnam’s bite-sized crunchy spring rolls might not enjoy the same popularity as their healthier fresh equivalent, but they deserve a special mention.


The crispy shell with a soft veggie and meat filling dunked in a tangy sauce gets the gastronomic juices flowing before a main course. In the north these parcels go by the name nem ran while southerners call them cha gio.


Chả Cá - Fish Dish in Hanoi 


Hanoians consider cha ca to be so exceptional that there is a street in the capital dedicated to these fried morsels of fish.


This namesake alley is home to Cha Ca La Vong, which serves sizzling chunks of fish seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric and dill on a hot pan tableside.


Cha Ca La Vong on 14 Pho Cha Ca, Hoang Kiem District 


Bánh Tôm Hồ Tây - 
 Fried Shrimp West Lake  


Bánh Tôm Hồ Tây is famous for its scrumptious fried shrimp patties. Its way of processing is rather simple.


Fresh shrimps caught in the West Lake are covered with wheat flour, potato and shrimp patties. The patties are crispy and sweet-smelling and served with pickled vegetables and sweet and sour fish sauce. Besides, it can also be served with salads and vermicelli. The cake is brittle, soft and sweet-smelling; therefore, it is really an appropriate dish for drinking beer Hanoi


It is served at: Bánh Tôm Hồ Tây on 01 Thanh Niên


Bún Chả Hà Nội -
Grilled Pork & Noodle 


Bún chả is a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork & noodle, which is thought to have originated from Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Bun cha is served with grilled fatty pork over a plate of white rice noodle and herbs with a side dish of dipping sauce.


Where to try:

  • BúnChả 34 on 34 Hang Than, Hanoi

  • Bún Chả Hành Mành, 01 Hang Manh, Hanoi

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