Hanoi is known as the paradise of the street cuisine where thousands of street food is given birth. The variety ranges from the main dishes which can fulfill your empty stomach to the snack that you can eat much but are not tired of. These foods are sold widely on the streets around the walking street in Hanoi; therefore, you will be never thirsty when going around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Old Quarter.
Now, why don’t we explore numerous street dishes around the Hanoi walking street!
Bánh Mỳ - Vietnamese Sandwich
Banh My is one of the Vietnamese famous fast foods which brings Vietnam closer to the world due to the uniqueness of the ingredients as well as the recipe. The loaves of bread used for Vietnamese Sandwich are not the sliced white bread as the normal sandwich but are baguettes. The ingredients in the traditional Vietnamese sandwich are diverse like an omelet, Vietnamese ham, cucumber, and pickled carrot and herbal vegetables and cannot miss liver pate as the special ingredient. Besides, Banh My is topped by the chili sauce and mayo drizzled; therefore, when tasting Banh My, you will feel the harmonization of the spices there. A little buttery taste mingles with the meaty of the ham and pate and the sour and hot from the pickled vegetable and sauces and all of which will digest little by little in your pleasure.
Address: 19 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (from 30,000VND)
Bún Chả - Vietnamese Grilled meat Vermicelli
If you are interested in the visit of the former USA president: Barack Obama to Vietnam, you will realize promptly that the only street food that he tasted in Vietnam in that visit is Bun Cha. Bun Cha is the daily street food of Vietnamese; they can eat it every meal of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner or sometimes midnight meal.
Bun Cha includes 2 main parts: vermicelli and a bowl of grilled meat in soup and some herbal vegetables and traditional sauces are also used in this dish. The eaters will use the chopstick to pick vermicelli into the bowl of soup and fish them out of this bowl with pieces of grilled meat and taste. A boom of tastes will happen in your mouth; the vermicelli absorbed by the soup will mix with the greasy and smoky grilled meat which will make your mouth water.
Address: 57 Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi (165,000VND)
Bún Ốc - Snail Vermicelli
Snail Vermicelli is the digestible food that Hanoians often eat at night or after Tet days when they dump into fatty dishes. There are two kinds of Snail Vermicelli in Hanoi; cold Snail vermicelli and hot snail vermicelli. The hot type is known wider, small and chew snails are cooked well and arranged in the bowl of rice vermicelli with fried tofu and sliced herbs and all of them are watered by the hot, sweet and sour broth.
Whereas, cold snail vermicelli is less famous; however it is the traditional dish of the ancient Hanoians and it is often sold by the old vendors. Bun – rice vermicelli is put on the plate and eaten with a bowl of soup; the soup is cold sweet and sour fish sauce picked with some small chew snail and a little fried onion on the top.
Address: 6 Hang Chai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (~ 35,000 VND).
23 Hang Khoai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (30,000 -39,000VND)
Nộm Bò Khô - Dried Beef Salad
Dried Beef Salad is the typical snack in Hanoi which is easy to make you addicted after the first trial. The green papaya is sliced in strings and softened by vinegar; after that, it is mixed with dried beef and herbs and arranged on the plate. This dish is finished by sprinkling it with the roasted cracking peanut and dried sliced onion. What makes dried beef salads favorite is the juicy and crispy of papaya mingles with the hot and sweet of dried beef and a little buttery of roasted peanut.
Address: 23 Hoan Kiem Lake, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Cháo Quẩy - Finger Shaped Bread Rice Gruel
Chao Quay has been the traditional dish in Hanoi for many years and often used as breakfast or midnight meal. A bowl of Chao Quay includes in rice gruel made of grinding rice and bone broth, chopped finger-shaped bread and amount of salted shredded meat. In the winter days, taking a hot bowl of Chao Quay, it is interesting for you to feel the crispy of the finger-shaped bread smelting with the hot soft rice gruel. What an interesting experience!
Address: 23 Hang Bai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (~ 20,000VND)
73 Hang Bong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (10,000 – 20,000VND)
Xôi - Sticky Rice
Xoi is a common dish in Vietnam; you can find this dish anywhere in the S-shaped country from the vendors, food stalls on the street to the luxury traditional restaurant and hotel. Vietnamese often eat Xoi on the breakfast or a snack to reduce the thirsty. Sticky rice is made of sticky rice steamed with some toppings such as green bean, peanut or black bean which depends on the kinds of Xoi. There are various kinds of Xoi such as Xoi Xeo; Xoi Ngo (sticky rice with corn), Xoi lac (sticky rice steamed with peanut), Xoi do den (Sticky rice steamed with black bean) and each kind of sticky rice has the additional foods such as Vietnamese ham, salty shredded meat or salty cucumber to eat together.
Address: 35B Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (15,000 – 50,000VND)
24B Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi (15,000 - 50,000VND)
1 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi (15,000 – 25,000VND)
Bánh Cuốn - Vietnamese Steamed Rice Pancake
Banh Cuon is one of the favorite dishes of Vietnamese in the breakfast or lunch. The cook stir-fries minced pork and the hash wood ear mushroom together and then they put the paste onto the freshly steamed rice papers and roll them to make the Banh Cuon. This roll is often eaten with fried shallots dusted above and Vietnamese ham when eating, people will dip it in a bowl of sweet and sour fish sauce. The sourness, sweetness and a little hot of the sauce mingle with the meatiness and buttery of Banh Cuon.
Address: 57 Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi (125,000 VND)
12 Hang Ga Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi (15,000 -28,000VND)
Bánh Đúc Nóng - Hot Rice Cake
Banh Duc Nong is quite similar to the rice gruel; however, rice cake is added with the lime water to make it chewed. Banh Duc Nong is often tasted when it still warm, the cook will spoon hot rice cake into the bowl, add minced meat and chopped herbs and pour the broth into them to finish the hot rice cake.
Address: 28 Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (15,000 – 33,000VND)
Chè - Sweet Soup
Sweet Soup is the popular dessert of Vietnam with the diversity in the ingredients to make it. Depend on kind of sweet treat, the cook adds the ingredients but there are some common ingredients such as nuts, peas, beans, coconut milk and bubble from cassava. Sweet soups are various, with a different mixture, the cook can make different sweet treats such as Pamela sweet soup, Black bean sweet treat, jelly sweet soups and so on. This dish has a hot version and the cold version with ice or ice cream.
Address: 4 Hang Can Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi (15,000 – 25,000VND)
1 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi (15,000 – 25,000VND)
If you feel interested in the traditional cuisine of Vietnam, you can visit Lang Lieu Restaurant in 57 Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. With the ambiance of a Vietnamese village and Old Hanoi, Lang Lieu will give as a cozy and familiar feeling like one at home with the traditional Vietnamese dishes cooked by the Vietnamese experienced and enthusiastic chefs. It is promised to bring you a wonderful meal among Hanoi.
Let’s book a table and enjoy it with us!