Vietnam is a country that has a long and colorful history. It was first populated by a variety of indigenous groups, many who are still evident today. From the past when Vietnam was invaded by the Chinese and became colonial of the American and French, the Vietnamese culinary had a great influence of these culture. Throughout their sometimes difficult history, the Vietnamese people have proven to be clever, resilient, hardworking, family-centric, gracious and joyful.
The food of Vietnam reflects the history, climate and geography of the country as well as the spirit of the populace. The country is situated in Southeast of Asia, giving it a tropical to subtropical climate. Hanoi and its environs are the birthplace of many quintessential Vietnamese dishes, such as pho and bun cha, and the city is often cited as one of the world’s great food capitals. It is also a street-eater’s paradise, with a plethora of options for those who want to eat like a local. In fact, many swear that the best food in Hanoi is found on the sidewalk, with dishes that often feature fish sauce, lemongrass, chilies, and cilantro and other fresh herbs. Although vendors often cook in small shop fronts, they serve their wares on the sidewalk, on small plastic tables and chairs that can seem woefully inadequate for overgrown foreigners. Here are top 10 culinary dishes you should try in Hanoi.
Bun Cha (noodle & grilled pork) at 1 Hang Manh
Pho Bo (noodle soup with beef) at 49 Bat Dan
Pho Ga (noodle soup with chicken) at 32 Le Van Huu
Bun Rieu Cua (crab noodle soup) at 11 Hang Bac St
Barbecue Chicken at Pho Van Phuc
Xoi (Sticky Rice) at 35 Nguyen Huu Huan
Café trung (Egg coffee) at Café Giang – 39 Nguyen Huu Huan
Nem Cua Be (crab spring rolls) – 58 Dao Duy Tu
Banh Cuon (rolled cake) at 14 Hang Ga
Muc Nuong (toasted squid) at 36 Hang Bo
Come & eat like local!