What to eat in Hanoi?
Hanoi, Vietnam's bustling capital, is considered by many to be the street food capital of the world. There are thousands of delicious dishes waiting for you to try in Hanoi, but if you want to get the best food experiences, don't miss these top five dishes that you must try in Hanoi!
Of course, you can't write about Vietnamese food without mentioning pho. This hearty bowl of rice noodles and chicken or beef served in a hearty and savory broth is a classic Vietnamese staple. A good bowl of pho at a street restaurant will only set you back about 40,000d, making it a cheap and super filling breakfast, lunch, or dinner (it can be eaten for any meal of the day)! Add chilies or a squeeze of lime to add extra flavor and complexity to your broth. The best bowls of pho have lots of meant and aren't greasy at all. This fresh, healthy classic is the number 1 food you cannot pass by in Hanoi.
2. Bánh Mì
Bahn mi developed as a street food special thanks in no small part to decades of French colonial influence. This baguette sandwich is ubiquitous at lunchtime; found on nearly every street. You can take it to go wrapped up in a brown paper bag, or eat it right there on tiny plastic stools on the street. The best banh mi is served in a hot, crispy baguette stuffed with pate, chili sauce, and lots and lots of fresh veggies and herbs.
3. Bún Chả
Bun cha was President Obama's favorite dish when he visited Vietnam, and we can't disagree - it's amazing! Grilled pork in a sweet and savory broth is served with a mountain of rice noodles and a huge bowl of herbs. Mix all of your ingredients into the broth and eat it all up with chopsticks like a big bowl of pho. This dish is best served with an ice cold bottle of Hanoi Beer on the side!
4. Xôi Gà
Com ga is a super hearty and filling dish made of sticky rice and chicken. The dish is topped with crispy fried onions and served with thin slices of cucumber. The rice is sprinkled with soy sauce, making it little salty and very savory. You won't be hungry after finishing your dish, but you might be very sleepy! Sticky rice is so heavy, and it's known for making people feel full, sleepy, and lazy after finishing a dish. This is perfect to eat in the late afternoon when it's so hot outside. It's the perfect time for a nice nap.
5. Cơm gà
Com ga is chicken rice, but it's so so different from the chicken rice that you'll find in Thailand or Singapore. Every Asian country has their own twist on this common street food dish, and com ga is Vietnam's delicious version! The savory yellow rice pairs so well with the chicken and mango salad. The mango salad mixed with fresh vegetables and herbs is a bit sweet, but not at all spicy.