Hanoi, Vietnam, just like most of the cities in Vietnam, offers a wide variety of food to those who visit it. Overall, the food in Hanoi is sweeter than that in Ho Chi Minh city, and it also tends to be more fragrant as opposed to the more herbaceous flavours of the south.
In Hanoi the food is plentiful, and more often than not, the street is the stage where much of what is food related in Hanoi takes place.
Bun Cha is a dish of grilled pork and noodle. It’s served with grilled pork patties (cha) and white vermicelli noodles (bun). Usually it’s served with some banh goi (a pork, onion and mushroom spring roll type item) and herbs, chilli, garlic and dipping sauce. Bun Cha is quite common in Hanoi.
Dill is uncommon in Vietnam, but in the north of the country, it is one of the key components of the dish Cha Ca. Cha Ca is small fish fillets marinated in turmeric and galangal, and sauteed with a very generous helping of dill. The best Cha Ca restaurants in Hanoi will only serve this one dish and on many occasions you’ll actually find the dish referred to by the name of the restaurant that invented it, Cha Ca La Vong.
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This dish consists of glass noodles stir fried with crispy little eels, bean sprouts and egg. It’s topped with cucumber, purple perilla and fried shallots. All of the different soft and crispy textures really combine to produce a dish that’s both tasty and texturally great. White tiles, metal tables and plastic chairs – common aspects in many of the places you’ll find street food at in Hanoi.
Vietnamese coffee is plentiful and cheap. Highlands Coffee is the common chain in Hanoi.
Who doesn’t love noodles soup? In the Vietnamese repertoire, beef pho noodle soup is a classic. In fact, it’s practically the national dish of Vietnam.