Explore Hanoi’s Culinary Delights: Top 15 must-try street foods in Hanoi!
The burger in Hanoi is a combination of two French and Southeast Asian cuisines. The proof is how to use French baguette bread with crispy crust, softcore, cut along the bread to add meat, pate, cucumber, pickled vegetables, coriander and chili sauce.
- Ba Dan bread 4 decades in Lo Su
- Bread shop on Dinh Liet street
- Famous bread selling addresses in Dinh Ngang, Hoa Ma, Thai Thinh
Trang Tien, Thuy Ta, West Lake, Tran Quoc Toan, Lo Duc… are familiar places for Hanoi people to enjoy ice cream. Enjoy many cool ice cream flavors such as fresh ice cream, ice cream, lemon ice cream, vanilla, cone… with prices from 6,000 – 45,000 VND and experience the feeling of standing and eating ice cream in Trang Tien ice cream factory, Walking to eat ice cream in Hoan Kiem Lake or in a windy corner of West Lake… is an interesting thing for many people when coming to Hanoi.
Egg coffee (Ca phe trung)
A special thing in Hanoi is egg coffee, created by a former bartender at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel, Mr. Nguyen Van Giang. On one occasion while making coffee, when he ran out of milk, he replaced the ingredients with whipped egg yolks, to create a creamy, cappuccino-like foam.
With a greasy taste, the new drink was born and is currently sold at Giang coffee, 39 Nguyen Huu Huan or Dinh coffee, his son’s shop at 13 Dinh Tien Hoang.
West Lake shrimp cake (Banh tom Ho Tay)
Indispensable specialties when mentioned in the list of delicious Hanoi dishes. The main ingredient of the cake is freshwater shrimp (living in West Lake), which is wrapped in flour and then fried in a pan filled with hot fat. The dish appeared from about 1970-1980 when there was a state-owned shop located on Thanh Nien street selling it, and has now become very popular.
The main ingredient of pillow cake is freshwater shrimp, a fresh and unique ingredient, typical for freshwater areas like West Lake. Shrimp are carefully selected, ensuring freshness and sweetness, before being wrapped inside a soft, smooth dough. This process requires dexterity and delicacy, to ensure that the shrimp is not deformed and retains its original shape.
After shaping, the pillow cakes are dipped in hot fat, creating an attractive golden crispy crust. The deep-frying process is an important step in creating a distinctive character for this dish. As you cut into the cake, you’ll feel the signature crunching sound, before discovering the soft thin crust and delicious shrimp filling inside.
- Hang Bo shrimp cake: 57A Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem District
- Co Oanh shrimp cake: 25 Le Dai Hanh, Hai Ba Trung District
- West Lake shrimp cake: 1 VND. Thanh Nien, Tay Ho District
One of the familiar afternoon gifts of Hanoians that is extremely easy to eat, can be eaten in any season, or any time of the day without being bored is banh gio. Banh gio is made from plain rice flour, filled with minced meat, wood ear, marinated dried onions, very tasty to eat.
Usually, we will eat spring rolls with pickles to help reduce boredom. We can add soy sauce and chili sauce depending on each person’s taste, which is also very delicious. This is one of the snacks like afternoon snacks but is quite full, but the price is only about 10,000-15,000 VND / piece, so it is extremely popular with everyone.
Dong Cac spring rolls at 33 Dong Cac, Dong Da district is a place you can’t miss when you want to enjoy delicious spring rolls of Hanoi.
Banh goi – a culinary symbol of Hanoi – has long become a favorite object of diners, not only because of its excellent taste but also because of the richness of the unique culinary culture of the capital. civilization year.
The sizzling deep-fried pillowcase is truly a work of culinary art. The thin, smooth, golden crust is matched with eye-catching looks, making anyone who sees it can’t resist. Inside is a delicious filling, carefully prepared from fresh ingredients. When the cake is fried, the outer shell becomes crispy, making an ear-splitting sound when you touch it. Inside, banh goi is attractive, soft and full of flavor.
- Ly Quoc Su banh goi: 52 Ly Quoc Su, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem District
- Hang Chieu banh goi: 86C Hang Chieu Street, Hang Buom Ward, Hoan Kiem District
- Hoang Tich Tri banh goi: 19 Hoang Tich Tri, Kim Lien Ward, Dong Da District
Dried beef salad (Nom bo kho)
If you love Hanoi’s traditional cuisine, it is hard to ignore the delicious Hanoi beef salad, with dried beef cut into moderate pieces, meticulously seasoned, combined with paprika. enough shavings, herbs and crispy roasted peanuts.
In particular, the sweet and sour sauce is carefully prepared with quintessential ingredients such as chili, garlic to create a harmonious and balanced flavor for the mannequin.
- Nom Van: No. 16B Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem District
- Nom Hue: No. 21 Dang Tran Con, Dong Da district
- Ong Phuc mannequin: Alley 1 Nghia Tan, Cau Giay district
Fried intestine (Long ran)
The clean piece of intestine after being fried to the edge is a culinary masterpiece that you cannot miss. The perfect combination of crispy appearance and soft inside creates a unique dining experience, making you feel the unique interaction of these elements on the tip of your tongue.
Seen from a distance, the clean, well-cooked hearty piece looks attractive with an attractive brown crispy crust. Lifting it up, you feel the heat just right, revealing the crispy crust and penetrating inside, creating a unique blend between the sweetness of the heart and the salty taste of the spices that are permeated into each fiber. A true sense of “flare out of flavor” starts here.
Slices of fresh herbs and fresh vermicelli are neatly arranged under the heart, creating a perfect balance between the ingredients. Herbs bring freshness, create bright accents and create balance for dishes.
- Nhat Quan fried intestine: No. 23 Nguyen Sieu, Hang Buom Ward, Hoan Kiem District
- Fried intestine 16: No. 16 Hang Ga, Hoan Kiem District
- Fried intestine 27: 27/16 Hoang Cau, O Cho Dua, Dong Da district
Hanoi rice nuggets “please” visitors with their sweet taste and attractive characteristic aroma. The crust is made from sticky rice with yellow flowers, beautiful green color, sweet and flexible, including a filling made from delicious durian or nutritious green beans.
Hanoi rice cake is not only a daily snack but also a traditional Tet dish loved by many traditional families. Enjoying rice cake with a cup of hot tea, you will feel the sophistication and elegance of Hanoi’s culinary culture.
- Com Vong village: Vong village, Dich Vong Hau, Cau Giay.
- Nguyen Ninh rice cake: 65A Hang Than, Ba Dinh.
- Fried rice: 1A Dinh Liet, Hoan Kiem.
- Sticky rice nuggets at Hom market: Hom market gate, Tran Xuan Soan.
- Green rice tea: Thanh Cong Market, Ba Dinh.
Lemon tea (Tra chanh)
With a sweet and sour taste, lemon tea has become an ideal cooling drink for hot summer days. It’s not hard to find bustling sidewalk seats where people come to talk, relax and enjoy delicious lemon tea.
What could be more wonderful than sipping a cup of cold lemon tea, chatting with friends and feeling the fresh air of Hanoi city on a hot summer afternoon.
- Lemon tea 1995: No. 18 in Park Street 1/6, Dong Da District
- Church lemon tea: Cathedral area, Hoan Kiem district
Hot Rice Cake (Bánh Đúc Nóng)
While peanut-rice cakes are found in many places, it’s highly likely that many have yet to hear about and savor the unique “hot rice cake.” This distinctive dish is almost exclusively found in the culinary realm of Hanoi.
The hot rice cake is cooked in a large cast-iron pot, perched on a constantly simmering fire, staying true to its name, always served piping hot. When a customer orders or gets a takeout, the eatery owner swiftly ladles a portion of the rice cake into a bowl. Then, a spoonful of minced meat stir-fried with wood ear mushrooms, a few golden-fried tofu pieces, and a sprinkle of cilantro are added. Finally, a flavorful broth is poured over the top, resulting in a delectable bowl of hot rice cake.
What’s remarkable is that a bowl of hot rice cake only costs around 10,000 VND. It’s a satisfying option for an afternoon treat that promises a delightful culinary experience.
- Ngọc Hân’s Hot Rice Cake: 8 Alley 8B Lê Ngọc Hân, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hanoi.
- Trung Tự’s Hot Rice Cake: C2 Trung Tự Housing Complex, Đống Đa District, Hanoi.
- Minh Khai’s Hot Rice Cake: Beginning of Alley 296 Minh Khai, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hanoi.
- The hot rice cake is a hidden gem within Hanoi’s culinary scene, a dish that tantalizes the taste buds and offers a unique taste of the city’s culture and flavors.
Mixed Rice Paper Dish (Banh Trang Tron)
In fact, when it comes to the mixed rice paper dish, Saigon is more famous than Hanoi by a considerable margin. However, in the capital city, the mixed rice paper dish is a popular snack beloved by the young generation. So, if you’re a tourist in Hanoi, why not indulge in a bag of spicy and crunchy mixed rice paper with dried beef, quail eggs, and cilantro?
- Chị Hân Mixed Rice Paper: Lê Văn Hiến, Bắc Từ Liêm District, Hanoi.
- Phan Văn Trường Mixed Rice Paper: 101 Phan Văn Trường (near Bảo Lâm Pharmacy), Cầu Giấy District, Hanoi.
- Hàng Trống Mixed Rice Paper (along the street of the same name).
Grilled Fermented Pork Roll (Nem Chua Nướng)
During the twilight hours, diners flock to Ấu Triệu Street for a plate of piping hot and flavorful grilled fermented pork rolls. The eatery opens from 2 PM to midnight. Although referred to as a “restaurant,” here, the tables are simply trays placed on chairs. What sets the grilled fermented pork rolls apart is that they retain their fresh pink color while being coated in a sticky exterior layer.
- Em Thúy’s Grilled Fermented Pork Roll: 10 Ấu Triệu, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi.
- Yên Béo’s Grilled Fermented Pork Roll: 44 Yên Phụ, Tây Hồ District, Hanoi.
- Lò Đúc’s Grilled Fermented Pork Roll: 29 Lò Đúc, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hanoi.
Rice Noodle Rolls (Pho cuon)
While we’ve already introduced the renowned Hanoi-style phở, we now have yet another phở dish that’s even more unique – phở cuốn.
Pho cuon is a dish composed of finely minced stir-fried beef, fresh herbs like cilantro and lettuce, all wrapped in a large, thin rice noodle sheet. The outer layer is referred to as “phở” because of its similarity in preparation and flavor to the noodles used in traditional phở soup.
The tender and aromatic stir-fried beef, combined with crispy fresh herbs and the chewy rice noodle layer, creates a distinct culinary experience. To top it off, a delicious dipping sauce is essential for a mouthwatering phở cuốn experience. The dipping sauce is usually a diluted mix of pure fish sauce, balanced with sweet and sour flavors, often containing julienned turnips, papayas, and carrots for a refreshing touch.
Those who have tried phở cuốn will surely never forget its unique flavor profile. It’s an iconic Hanoi delicacy that everyone should taste at least once.
- Hương Mai’s Phở Cuốn: 25 Ngũ Xã, Hanoi.
- Hưng Bền’s Phở Cuốn: 33 Ngũ Xã, Ba Đình District, Hanoi.
- Ngũ Xá’s Phở Cuốn: 233 Tô Hiệu, Cầu Giấy District, Hanoi.
Fried Breadsticks (Quay Nong)
These petite, sizzling hot fried breadsticks, crispy and piping hot, with their distinctive savory and slightly greasy taste, are incredibly satisfying.
The Hanoi-style fried breadsticks are a delight not just on their own but also when dipped in tangy vinegar sauce with finely sliced carrots and jicama. In the chilly winter months, indulging in a plate of hot fried breadsticks, a few skewers of grilled meat, and a cup of soy milk makes for an unbeatable combination. And the price of fried breadsticks is incredibly budget-friendly. Only 20,000 VND for a plate of 10 pieces can fill you up for an afternoon.
- Béo’s Fried Breadsticks: 431 Nguyễn Khang, Yên Hoà, Cầu Giấy District, Hanoi.
- Quẩy Nóng: 109 Tạ Quang Bửu, Bách Khoa Housing Complex, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hanoi.
- Hàng Bông Fried Breadsticks: 73 Hàng Bông, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi.
Khuc Sticky Rice (Banh khuc)
Khuc sticky rice, also known by its other name, stands as one of the most traditional dishes of Hanoi, exuding the essence of the homeland’s flavors. One could say that Khuc sticky rice is a nostalgic dish for many. This simple breakfast fare is made from glutinous rice, mung bean paste, and a touch of finely chopped pork, complemented by a sprinkle of salted bean paste that comes together to form an exceptionally delicious dish.
- Ngon Vy Lâm Khuc Sticky Rice: 23 Bồ Đề Street, Long Biên District, Hanoi.
- Cô Lan Khuc Sticky Rice Cake: 69B Nguyễn Công Trứ, Phố Huế, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hanoi.
Banh mi sot vang
When visiting the capital in the final days of the year, during the chilly weather, one cannot miss out on the famous wine sauce bread of Hanoi. A bowl of tender beef stew, accompanied by hot and crispy bread, creates a truly wonderful meal.
- Beefsteak Sauce Bread Shop: Alley 35 Thái Thịnh, Tô Hiệu Intersection, Đống Đa District, Hanoi.
- Trâm – Đình Ngang Wine Sauce Bread: 30 Đình Ngang, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi.
- Cô Phương Béo Wine Sauce Bread: 164 Ngọc Lâm, Long Biên District, Hanoi.
Hanoi-style Fried Garlic Clams
Fried garlic clams, a delectable dish for those unfamiliar with Hanoi cuisine. The clams’ flavorful and aromatic meat, marinated to perfection, offers a delightful blend of crispiness and tenderness, complemented by fragrant garlic. Diners who experience this dish will find it hard to forget.
- Dũng Huyền Clam Restaurant: 16 Hàng Thiếc, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi.
- Cô Hương Fried Garlic Clams: 38 Hàng Nón, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi.
- Ngan Vàng Clam Restaurant: 450 Lạc Long Quân, Tây Hồ District, Hanoi.
Savory and Sweet Fried Rice Cakes
Savory and sweet fried rice cakes are among the favorite snacks of Hanoi’s young crowd. These fried rice cakes are simple yet utterly addictive. There are various types, including banana-filled, mung bean-filled, and savory options.
- Old Quarter Shaking Fried Rice Cakes: 196 Thái Thịnh (end of Thái Hà Alley), Đống Đa District, Hanoi.
- Cô Lâm Savory and Sweet Fried Rice Cakes: Opposite 6 Alley 11 Tô Ngọc Vân, Tây Hồ District, Hanoi.
- Savory and Sweet Fried Rice Cakes – Chung Cư A1: A1 Residential Area, end of Alley 624 Minh Khai, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hanoi (next to Times City).
Hanoi-style Tofu Pudding
Tofu pudding in Hanoi, also known as tàu hũ in the South, is a rustic dish closely associated with many people’s childhood memories. Hanoi-style tofu pudding boasts a distinctive flavor and is now often enjoyed with grass jelly, flan, tapioca pearls, syrup, and more, creating a sweet and refreshing dessert.
- Vua Tào Phớ: 50 Thái Hà, Đống Đa District, Hanoi.
- Caramen Tofu Pudding: 172 Đại Từ, Hoàng Mai District, Hanoi.
- Jelly Bean Tofu Pudding: 28 Quang Trung, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi.
Hanoi’s Sandworm Omelette
The delectable sandworm omelette in Hanoi, accompanied by mint, cilantro, and a tangy chili fish sauce, creates an unforgettable taste that keeps diners coming back for more. To enjoy fresh sandworm omelette, visit Hanoi between the 3rd and 6th lunar months, or from the 8th to the 12th lunar months.
- Hưng Thịnh Sandworm Omelette: 1 Hàng Chiếu, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi.
- Hằng Béo Sandworm Omelette: 244 Lò Đúc, Đống Mác, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hanoi.
- Đường Thành Sandworm Omelette: 16B Đường Thành, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi.