The Old Quarter is not only a place for tourists to admire the old and nostalgic buildings and houses, but it is also considered as a place to enjoy Hanoi delicacies. Firstly, because the Old Quarter convergence of Hanoi culinary culture. In particular, the best culinary culture of Hanoi seems to be mostly located in Old Quarter. You can search for almost all of Hanoi's most famous dishes here. Secondly, the dishes here are diverse in both flavor and cooking methods so you can freely choose the dishes that suit you.
But first, let us introduce you some of the most popular dishes that have had its reputation for a long time!
Bun cha (Rice Vermicelli with Barbecued pork)
“Bun cha” is a dish served with a plate of vermicelli (bun), a bowl of broth with grilled pork, and a basket of fresh greens. Bun, the vermicelli noodles, are served on a separate plate
The highlight here is the meat which is marinated with its own secret. It has its own flavor, tender bacon, marinated with spices, garlic onions and rich fish sauce. Then the meat is grilled over charcoal to create a charming aromatic flavor. The patties have a strong flavor. You should notice that the dipping sauce is quite sweet and it has lots of garlic.
“Bun cha” shop in Hang Quat street is “the talk” of the Old Quarter when it comes to the best barbecued pork. Diners can choose to sit in an available seat in the shop, or take away.
Address: 74, Hang Quat street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.
Average price: 30,000 - 40,000 VNĐ/serving.
Opening time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. every day of the week.
Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong grilled fish)
This dish is made from fish cut into pieces, marinated, grilled over charcoal and fried in a pan of fat. This dish originated from the Doan family in the Old Quarter, who have kept the tradition for over one hundred years..
La Vong grilled fish dish will not be friable, dry or crushed even if the fish has been turned over and over in a pan for a long time. Fish meat is pinkish white, soft and tough.
When eating, each piece of fish cake is chilled in a pan of fat, add onions and dill, wait until the vegetables are cooked, then take out to eat with noodles, herbs, roasted peanuts and shrimp sauce.
With over 130 years of age, Cha Ca La Vong is one of the must-try dishes in the Old Quarter to fulfil your experience here.
Address: 4, Cha Ca street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Average price: 150,000 - 170,000 VND/ serving
Opening time: 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Nem chua ran (Fried pork roll)
“Nem chua ran” is a type of spring rolls made from ground pork and pork skin according to the ingredients that is quite similar to fermented pork rolls. But fried pork rolls must be made according to a separate process, it is seasoned like fermented pork rolls but will not be let fermented. Instead, it is fried in oil (or baked).
This dish is very popular in the Old Quarter with the image of it being served on banana leaves for guests, with tubers, mangoes, cucumbers.
It is not exaggerating to say that Tam Thuong, Hang Bong street is “paradise” of fried pork rolls when there are up to 6, 7 shops in the alley which is only about 10m long,.
Address: Tam Thuong, Hang Bong street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.
Price range: 50,000 - 150,000 VND/ serving
Opening time: 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m
Chao trai (Oyster Gruel)
“Chao trai” is one of the rustic dishes of Vietnamese people. With the characteristic flavor of oyster, the cool aroma of fragrant knotweed leaves, coriander blended together in a sweet way, the dish is not only good for our health but also a favorite dish of many people of different ages.
The ingredients to create a bowl of oyster gruel include: Oyster, glutinous rice, green beans, dried onions, ginger, onions , seasoning seeds, spices and fish sauce/
“Chao trai” is not so popular that is easy to find in the Old Quarter. However, there is a shop with over 30 years of age specializing in selling “chao trai” in the Old Quarter on Tran Xuan Soan street that you should definitely try once.
Address: 26 Tran Xuan Soan street, Hai Ba Trung district, Hanoi
Price range: 15.000 – 30.000 VND/ serving
Opening time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Bun dau mam tom (Vermicelli with fried tofu and shrimp dipping sauce)
‘Bun dau mam tom” is a another rustic dish in Northern Vietnamese cuisine. The main ingredients include fresh vermicelli, fried tofu, spring rolls, fried pork rolls, shrimp sauce with lemon, chili and served with aromatic herbs such as perilla, marjoram, basil and lettuce.
Depending on your preferences that you can order your favorite topping. You can notice that in the shop in the Old Quarter, instead of serving the whole piece of meat like many other shops, the cook wraps the pork before boiling it, so you can see beautiful thin circles, when eating. You also see the meat is much firmer and tastes better.
Address: Co Tuyen – Bun dau Hang Cu, at 31 of 29 lane, Hang Khay street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Average price: 45.000 VND/ serving
Opening time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Nom bo kho (Vietnamese salad with dried beef)
This dish is very popular in many regions of Vietnam, each region has different recipes for “nom” with different tastes, ingredients and cooking methods. The main ingredients for a plate of “nom” are not very complicated, including: kohlrabi, carrot, cucumber, star fruit, chilli, lemon, sesame, peanuts, herbs and spices which are mixed together to create the sweet and sour taste.
And the special ingredient of ‘nom bo kho’ is definitely the juicy dried beef that matches perfectly with other components. The beef is cut into big thin slices, soaked with seasoning including salt, sugar, garlic, oil, ginger, chili and then dried off by putting it into oven
Ham Long street, also known as "Nom" street is a well-known destination for many gourmets in Vietnam. Because it has been selling for a long time with spreading reputation, the street is always crowded with customers.
Address: Nom Toan Beo, 18 Ham Long street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Price: 30,000 - 110,000 VND/ serving
Opening time: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Pho Bat Dan (Bat Dan flat rice noodle)
Pho Bat Dan is one of the oldest traditional “pho” shops in Hanoi.
Referring to the delicious beef pho, gourmets must but mention the Pho Bat Dan. A bowl of ‘pho Bat Dan is characterized by its original, fragrant, greasy, Hanoi-style beef broth, and fresh, soft, plump beef that creates an appeal not only for Hanoians but also with customers from other regions of the country and even with foreigners.
Having existed for more than 70 years, “pho” at 49 Bat Dan is one of the most famous places to eat Pho in Hanoi. If you have the opportunity to visit Hanoi, you should visit this destination to discover the unmistakable flavor of “pho Bat Dan”.
Address: 49, Bat Dan street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Opening time: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Average price: 30,000 - 55,000 VNĐ/ serving
Xoi xeo Hang Bai (Sticky rice at Hang Bai street)
There are quite a few sticky rice vendors in the Old Quarter. However, sticky rice of Ms. May should be on your must-try list.
It has been familiar with Hanoi people for more than 20 years, which is located right at the corner of Hang Bai - Ly Thuong Kiet intersection, simply with 2 large baskets but it is always crowded with customers.
It is famous for three most common types of sticky rice are “xoi xeo”, “xoi ngo (stick rice with maize) and “xoi lac” (sticky rice with peanuts), which are often served with mung beans, crispy fried onions, salted shrimps and spoon of fat. All those ingredients are chosen and made carefully by her family to ensure the delicious taste.
It is known that Ms. May was born in the famous traditional cuisine village for sticky rice in Hoang Mai, Hanoi, where the pre-prepared banana leaves on the wrapping paper are neatly stacked.
Address: 31, Ly Thuong Kiet street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Average price: 10,000 - 15,000 VND / serving
Opening time: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Che bon mua (four-season sweetened porridge)
“Che” is known as traditional Vietnamese sweet beverage, dessert soup or pudding.
Depending on the characteristics of the taste and conditions in different regions in Vietnam, “che” has diverse ingredients and recipes.
There is one store in the Old Quarter can meet your needs if you want to try many different types of “che” from many regions and based on the seasons. In the summer, there are cool dishes such as green beans, black beans and glutinous yogurt; while in the winter, there are warm dishes such as: drifting boat, green tea board, tea, etc.
Many people are afraid of the too-sweet taste of this dish, however, “che” here is not too sweet, it is moderate and pleasant. With exquisite ingredients and processing, the dishes here have left an unforgettable aftertaste for every customer ever trying “che bon mua”.
Address: 4, Hang Can street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Average price: 20,000 - 35,000 VND / serving
Opening time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Egg coffee, which was created by Nguyen Van Giang, has been a very popular drink with both Vietnamese and foreigners, Previously, when making a bartender for 5-star hotel Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, because of lack of fresh milk, Mr.Giang thought of how to use eggs to be the substitute, and so egg coffee was born.
The main ingredients are chicken egg yolk, Vietnamese coffee powder, sweetened condensed milk, butter and cheese. Coffee after being filtered will be brewed in 1 small cup, before being mixed with whipped egg yolk and other ingredients. The cup is placed in a bowl of hot water to retain heat.
What makes Giang's coffee unique and different from the coffee in other coffee shop, is the perfect blend of coffee and eggs, to minimize the taste and the fishy egg.
This cafe was chosen as a reception drink during the US-Korea Summit with the numbers up to 3 thousand cups.
Address: Lane 39, Nguyen Huu Huan street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
Price: 25,000 - 40,000 VND / serving
Opening time: 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
If you are looing for a place to satisfy your curiosity about Northern Vietnamese cuisine, then Lang Lieu is exactly where you should head to!
Named after the progenitor of Vietnamese cuisine, we dedicate ourselves to providing a special journey back time so that every guest can fully sense Vietnamese culture-rich history through the food we serve. Our menu presents signature traditional dishes in Northern Vietnam, from the Old Quarter of Hanoi to the mountainous North-West and North-East. Also, located right in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Lang Lieu has such a tranquil vibe that you will immediately find peace the moment you step past the door.
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