Hanoi has it’s own street foods which are often a bit different than Saigon. If fact in many ways the street food in Hanoi is superior in taste and quality to the food in Saigon, but both are excellent. Of course Pho is also a very popular dish in Hanoi as well as Saigon, but listed below are some dishes that are a must try if you find yourself in Hanoi. They will tantalize your taste buds and prove to you that Hanoi is a force to reckoned with when it comes to street food.
Banh cuon is a popular breakfast item in Hanoi and is one of the most famous dishes to try for people visiting the city. The dish is a mixture of a pale creamy rice sauce mixed with a filling of seasoned ground pork, mushrooms, and shallots. Rice noodle rolls are served with a bowl of dipping sauce, called nước chấm, or fish sauce. Banh Cuon can be found almost anywhere that there are street food vendors in Hanoi.
Banh Tom is a dish that originated from Hanoi. It’s made from battering and deep-frying sweet potatoes and shrimp. It has a bright orange color that comes from the natural color of the sweet potato and a bit of turmeric powder added into the batter. Often served as an appetizer, Banh Tom is commonly wrapped with lettuce, herbs, and pickled vegetables and dipped in fish sauce.
This is another favorite dish for the people of Hanoi and you can be sure to find it just about anywhere that street food is found in the city. Xoi xeo is sticky rice topped with ground de-hulled mung bean and fried onion. Sometimes it can be served with eggs or steamed chicken breast on request. It can be eaten anytime of the day, but most Vietnamese have it for breakfast or lunch. If you want to try this delicious dish then go to Nguyen Huu street just north of Sword Lake.
Cha ca La Vong
Cha ca La Vong is listed as one of the top 100 things you gotta try before you die by many cuisine experts. It is beautifully grilled fish mixed with bún, peanut, green onions, dills and shrimp paste..This is a dish that goes well with any meal, but is most typically eaten for lunch and dinner. Cha Ca street is the best place to go if you want to try this street food gem.
Bun thang is one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, and also extremely popular. It’s found in the old quarter of the city and in the past few years has become a favorite with the locals and tourists visitng the city. It’s a simple dish makde with Chicken broth and a mix of ingredients including boiled egg; bun; bits of chicken and green onions and herbs.
Hanoi is worth visiting if for no other reason than the food, but of course there are many more reasons to visit this great city. But when you go do not hesitate to try these 5 foods, because you will not be disappointed. And your stomach will be happy you took the time to try these great foods.