Hanoi has long been famous for it’s street food, and it’s no wonder as it has some of the best street food in the World. Here are a list of some tasty snacks you can try next time your are wondering the streets of Hanoi and get a little hungry. It’s worth trying all of these snacks even if you aren’t that hungry, just for the experience.
The banh chuoi is a popular Vietnamese dessert. Its main ingredients include banana, oil (or fat), and flour (usually wheat flour), as well as salt, sugar, eggs, honey, or butter. It is easily found in the Old Quarter or even made at home. This is a truly delicious and savory desert and like many Vietnamese deserts it relies more on the natural flavors found in the fruit, in this case bananas, than in the infusion of a huge amount of sugar. This is also 100% natural and contains no preservatives or other unpleasant chemicals like corn syrup or corn starch. It’s a great desert for those of you that are looking for healthy deserts.
Pork Porridge is a very famous dish in Hanoi. You can find this dish on any street corner in Hanoi. This hot dish is a favorite snack in cold weather. This dish features smooth flour, sweet soup, just enough meat to get the essence of the meat, but not enough to overpower the other tastes, and finally some “ruoc” and “quay” are sprinkled on the dish, all of which combines to make this a very tasty dish in both look and taste.
One of specialties of Hanoi’s different snacks is Banh gio. The cake crust is made from glutinous rice. The ingredients inside the cake are pork, wood ears, pepper, and chopped onions, all stir fried together and then cooked. This cake must be eaten with chutney and pickles which will be very tasty. Again this is a popular street food in Hanoi and can be found in most places where street food is being sold.
Beef tomato sauce
This is a kind of a variation off the traditional Pho dish, but with a few subtle differences. The Beef tendon and beef rib are main ingredients along with tomatoes of course, that make a beef tomato sauce dish. After seasoning the beef with a mixture of herbs and spices the beef will be stewed with wine which makes the dish taste better.
The beef is simmered with sauce, spices, and a little flour. When the sauce has moderately thick fluid, the chef will put a little savory, onions chopped on top to enhance the flavor. Beef tomato sauce is served hot with bread.
Banh duc is a favorite snack for the students, especially in the winter. It’s made using baking powder which helps to make it soft and a little chewy, it tastes succulent and warm. The cake has the sweet of pork and soup. A few fried soya cheeses and herbs, and cilantro. These are all indispensable ingredients. You create a blend of rice flour with meat and lime water along with spices of chili, garlic and vinegar. This creates a savory treat that blends a variety of flavors into a delicious whole.
So next time your in Hanoi, or if your find yourself visiting Hanoi, then try these tasty snacks and enjoy a bit of the taste of Hanoi.