Let’s dive right into the information any food lovers want to know: food’s price. While it is the taste that attracts us, price is an aspect we would often consider. Well don’t worry too much. Vietnam Street Food is usually not that costly. Here’s your guide for unique street food found in Hanoi.
Famous Vietnamese food and How much it costs
Let’s start with some very famous ones and how much it usually costs:
Price: 15.000 VND - 30.000 VND per set
Bánh mì can be found in every corner in Hanoi. This food has a wide range of fillings for you to choose: fried egg, xá xíu (seasoned meat), chả or giò (Vietnamese mortadella), pate, … You can choose one filling only or 2 or all of them in one banh mi. The price will be based on how many fillings you have.
The price can differ from store to store but if it costs over 30,000 VND, you should consider it.
Price: 30.000 - 60.000 VND per bowl
Phở is also a very familiar dish to Hanoi natives. It has been nurtured by the locals since the old days, living through many historical years of the country. It’s lucky how we can still reserve this culinary treasure up to this day. Nowadays, stumbling on any streets in Hanoi, you can find at least one Phở store. The price does differ but not a lot. Most of them cost around 30.000 VND. At some restaurants or old-aged stores, the price would go a bit higher but it’s worth it. The thing that makes Phở special and makes stores distinguished from stores is their broth.
Price: 15.000 VND to 30.000 VND per dish
Xôi xéo is another signature dish of Hanoi that is the same as bành mì, and has a wide range of fillings. The fillings are similar to those applied in banh mi. And the price differs based on your number of fillings too. The more famous or older a store is, the more expensive it gets. Well, I think in the end, it would still not cost that much for a joyful culinary ride.
Bánh cuốn nóng
Price: 20.000 - 50.000 VND per set
Great as a light breakfast or midday snack, bánh cuốn nóng (hot rolling cake) is a combination of ground meat (chicken, shrimp, or pork), minced wood-ear mushroom, onions, Vietnamese ham (chả lụa), steamed bean sprouts, and cucumbers that’s wrapped in a steamed rice flour sheet.
Price: 10.000 - 30.000 VND per bowl/ cup
A dessert that every Hanoian keeps close to their heart is Chè. Chè is a sugary combination of many flavored beans, jelly or fruit, mixed with caramel, yogurt or coconut milk. The variations of Chè are so wide that it even takes time to decide. But don’t worry, every kind of Chè is worth trying and would in some case, redefine how a find dessert is for you.
Bánh tôm Hồ Tây
Price: 50.000 - 100.000 VND per set
Compared to other dishes mentioned above, this one costs a bit higher. It’s actually quite reasonable since the main ingredient of this dish which is shrimp costs more and requires lots of time to prepare. Don’t hesitate because its taste is one in a lifetime.
Bánh giò nóng
Price: 15.000 - 25.000 VND per set
Another bánh in the list is bánh giò. Bánh giò from the outside looks smooth and clean, once you dive your spoon in, you will find its fillings of minced pork mixed with onions, wood-ear mushroom, all of which compliment each other so well.
Nộm bò khô
Price: 20.000 - 40.000 VND per set
Nộm Bò Khô is simply green papaya salad topped with dried beef that strikes a fair resemblance to the beef jerky you’ll find in the US. The local usually have this dish with other snacks like nem chua rán - fried fermented pork roll or khoai tây rán - fried potato or khoai môn rán - fried taro potato.
Price: 30.000 - 70.000 VND per set
This is another take of the legendary Phở. Phở Cuốn is basically all the ingredients of phở, but without the broth. It includes strips of grilled beef and lots of herbs like cilantro, basil, and mint, all rolled up in a wide rice noodle. So instead of using a spoon and chopsticks, you just dip them in a bowl of sauce - nước chấm (sweet fish sauce) and enjoy it!
How much you need to prepare for Hanoi Street Food - suggestions for a whole day
A preparation of 100.000 VND to 200.000 VND is more than enough if you want to explore the diverse culinary life of Hanoi. With this much money, you can try 4 - 8 dishes. But in reality, this can go higher since you can be so in love with a dish that you just keep on eating dish after dish, adding accordingly to your bill.
To have some honest reviews of any food store, you can have 2 options:
- Read the review yourself on food apps like Lozi or Foody - they will have location, price and eater review for each food store.
- Ask a local you know or book your reservation with us. We wish to bring you a holistic experience of Vietnamese street food.
Notes when buying and eating street food
- Always ask the price before eating. While most of the vendors are friendly, some can take advantage of foreign travelers to set a higher price or sell you the wrong food.
- Be aware of the ingredients. This is a note for people with some sensitive allergies. Because most of the dish is new to you, make sure you know what’s in the food.
- Eating out with someone who knows Vietnamese or going to restaurants using English is advisable.
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