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5 of the Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

5 of the Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

5 of the Best Places to Eat Street Food in Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, has plenty of sights to appeal to visitors -Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One-Pillar Pagoda, the old quarter with its bustling streets -but if you really want to understand the Vietnamese people and their culture, you’ll need to delve deep into its street food.

Hanoi’s food scene can be overwhelming with its mix of smells and tastes but it’s well worth exploring since it’s one of the freshest, healthiest and most flavorful cuisines in the world.

Let us guide you to five of the hottest spots where you can eat like (and together with) the locals.

Bánh Cuốn Gia Truyen

Bánh cuốn is one of Hanoi’s favorite breakfast items and essential to any list of must-try Vietnamese dishes.

By itself, the pale white rice batter is silky smooth and soft but otherwise rather bland. Flavor and texture come from a filling of seasoned ground pork, mushrooms, and shallots. The rice noodle roll is served with a separate bowl of clear amber dipping sauce, nước chấm, which is essentially fish sauce.

1 Thanh Nien, Truc B_ch, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Banh Tom is another Vietnamese dish originating from Hanoi. It’s made of battered and deep-fried sweet potato and shrimp.

The bright orange color comes from the natural flesh of the sweet potato and a bit of turmeric powder in the batter. Often served as an appetizer, Banh Tom is commonly wrapped with lettuce, herbs, and pickled vegetables and dipped in nuoc mam cham dipping sauce.

Bia hoi is a special type of homemade beer, unpreserved, brewed daily and delivered in kegs to local businesses. Unlike canned or bottled beer, Bia hoi should be consumed the day after it leaves the factory. It’s brand-less and very cheap compared to Western-style beers.

Bia Hoi Ha Noi is a classic Vietnamese beer garden, perfect for late sunny afternoons. It’s well-shaded and has plenty of whirring fans to keep you cool.

49 Bat Dan | Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam

Locals form a long queue every morning at Pho Gia Truyen, the most famous place in the old quarter for a delicious bowl of Pho Bo.

Pho Bo is arguably the most well-known of all Vietnamese soups. It was inspired by French settlers who commonly ate beef, where Vietnamese traditionally preferred pork, chicken, and fish (whilst using cattle as work animals). Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the number of soup kitchens has risen significantly and Pho Bo has become the favorite dish for breakfast and dinner in Hanoi, and throughout Vietnam.

Located in the heart of the old quarter, Madame Hien is a stunning, century-old Hanoian villa dishing up meals that celebrate Vietnamese ancestral culture, artisanal foods, and regional knowledge accumulated over a thousand years. Try the crab noodle soup, banana flower salad, and famous fresh summer rolls.

To fully explore the culinary side of the city, book a room at the Lotte Hotel Hanoi. This hotel offers guests 7 food and beverage options to choose from, all managed by the Michelin Star Executive Chef, Ingo Moller. From the Top of Hanoi restaurant located on the roof with magnificent views of the city, to featuring local Hanoi craft beer, the Lotte Hotel Hanoi appeals to those seeking Western and Vietnamese cuisine.

Looking for Things to Do in Vietnam?

Check out our selection of food tours, cooking classes and dining experiences in Hanoi.

Heike and Stefan Leistner are a German couple addicted to the street food of South East Asia. Since 2004, they’ve traveled to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and India in search of real and authentic street food. In addition to writing and photographing stories and recipes for their website, asiastreetfood.com, they’ve released an app, Vietnam Eat & Travel, that highlights the best street food and sites in Vietnam.

Heike and Stefan are proud to announce the release of their first book about the cuisine of South East Asia (in stores October 2015).

Vietnam Eat & Travel is available on iTunes.

Original article and pictures take http://theculinarytravelguide.com/2015/01/19/5-of-the-best-street-foods-in-hanoi-vietnam site

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