One question that is never missing when our travellers arrive in Vietnam is: Where can we eat? .
The street food there is really delicious but, let’s not fool ourselves, for those who are not used to it, it is more than likely that the appearance of the places can pull back a bit when choosing a good place.
Choosing the right place when sightseeing in Vietnam is the key to success. We, from One More Destination, are going to give you the keys and some of the places where the best street food is served in the Old Quarter, the old neighborhood of Hanoi.
First of all, as always, we show you a map with the locations:
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1 – BÁNH CUỐN
This is a roll made with rice flour and stuffed with chopped pork with mushrooms and onion and steamed. It is eaten together with a fish sauce with vinegar, sugar and chili.
Una receta sencilla aunque no siempre resulta fácil.
Our favorite place: Thanh Vân, at Hàng Gà Street, 14
Price: 30,000 VND per 10 units (1.5 USD)
2 – BÚN CHẢ
Possibly the most famous street food among the foreign community in Vietnam. It is a broth based on vegetables and fish sauce and mixed with pork and spicy grilled meatballs and rice noodles.
It can be accompanied by the famous Nem, Vietnamese spring rolls, or in very few places, Vietnamese seafood rolls.
The broth is the main secret of this recipe. A broth prepared with carrot and papaya and left on the fire for 20 minutes. Mixed with sugar, vinegar, lemon and chili has a very characteristic flavor.
Our favorite place: Bun Cha in the street Hàng Manh, 1
Price: 30.000 – 40.000 VND per plate (1.5 – 2 USD)
3 – PHỞ
If the above is the most prestigious dish for foreigners, Pho is, without a doubt, the number one dish for Vietnamese.
Pho is the traditional noodle soup with meat and vegetables. There are two main variants: veal and chicken.
For Vietnamese there is no set time for this dish. From 7 a.m. you can find the street stalls full of locals who eat it for breakfast. From that time on, any time is a good time to make a break. Pho time is 24 hours a day.
Price: 50,000 VND per plate (2.5 USD)
4 – BAU
This is a fairly spicy fried fish with soup and ginger. All this accompanied by the indispensable rice noodles. This dish, although not strictly so, could be considered a variant of Bun Cha.
Our favorite place: Bún Cá Sâm Cây Si – Ngõ Trung Yên, 5
Price: 50,000 VND per plate (2.5 USD)
5 – BÁNH RÁN THỊT/ BÁNH RÁN NGỌT
You’ll recognize the Vietnamese doughnut in no time. Many women ride their bicycles through the old district of Hanoi and sell it in wicker baskets.
There are 2 variants: salty and sweet. The salt is filled with minced meat and crystal noodles (let’s not get confused), mushrooms and carrots in a mixture of flour and glutinous rice.
The sweet fritter is filled with green beans and cooked with sugar.
Our favorite place: Bánh Rán – Ly Quoc Su, 54
Price: 10,000 VND per unit (0.5 USD) salting
Price: 2,000 VND per unit (0.10 USD) sweet
6 – BÁNH MÌ
Vietnamese sandwich. You may sound funny but Vietnamese sandwiches are very famous for their peculiar flavor.
The most traditional filled with pâté, sliced pork, cucumber and cilantro. For spicy lovers, chili is not madness.
The curious fact is that each place has its own special sauce to give the sandwich its own identity. Although today there are many fast food options, the Vietnamese sandwich is still the number one choice for locals.
Our favorite place: Lương Ngọc Quyến, 2
Price: 20,000 VND per unit (1 USD)
7 – PHỞ CUỐN
To taste this famous dish we will have to get away from the old quarter because the best places are around the lake, north of the city.
Pho Quon is a roll of rice noodles stuffed with fried beef, lettuce and cilantro and eaten with fish sauce.
A fairly light dish ideal for those who don’t want to have a heavy dinner.
Our favorite place: Phở Cuốn Hưng Bền – Nguyễn Khắc Hiếu, 26
Price: 50,000 VND per plate of 10 units (2.5 USD)
8 – BÚN ĐẬU MÂM TÔM
Perhaps less well known but equally delicious, this is a dish based on short rice noodles with sliced tofu and shrimp sauce. Lemon juice is added.
For those who have never tried this dish before, it can be difficult because shrimp sauce has a very strong taste and smell. Normally, the places that offer this dish have some other option to choose from.
Our favorite place: Bún đậu – Mã Mây, 1
Price: 20.000-30.000 VND per plate (1 – 1.5 USD)
9 – XÔI YẾN
Actually, the dish is called Xoi but in this case we are talking about a specific place. The one that bears the name of its owner.
The Xoi is sticky rice that is served with a soy base and various types of meat and condiments of your choice. Many different options in their ingredients that you can mix without fear of making a mistake: pork, chicken, egg, pate, green beans, etc..
Perfect for midday or to take with you if you take a night train.
Our favorite place: Xôi Yến in the street Nguyễn Hữu Huân, 35
Price: 40,000 VND per plate (2 USD)
10 – Hoa Quả Dầm
A typical fruit salad for the hottest months of the year. Watermelon, mango, dragon fruit or any other type of seasonal fruit. Cut into cubes and mix with condensed milk and coconut milk.
Ideally served with ice or yogurt.
Our favorite place: Numero 5 en callejon Hàng Chỉ, Calle de Hàng Hòm
Price: 25,000 – 35,000 VND per cup (1.5 USD)
I’m sure you’re hungry, aren’t you? We are waiting for you to try all these typical dishes.
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