Take a look at the following guide to discover the 5 must-try street foods in Hanoi – you may found astounding with the mix of tastes and flavors.
Bún Ốc (Snail Noodle)
One of the top suggestions of Hanoi specialties is Bún Ốc, aka Snail Noodle. Anyone traveling to Hanoi cannot forget this delicious dish. Like other specialties of Hanoi, Bún Ốc is processed traditionally: The broth is concentrated, strong, which has the nourishing flavor of vinegar, snails (both small and big), tofu, and green fried banana.
Sometimes, when there is not enough table, guests have to hold their bowls in their hands. If you want to eat like a local, try this!
Sữa Chua Mít (Jackfruit Yogurt)
Jackfruit yogurt is very popular among the Hanoians, especially the young generation. It is super tasty and also good for your skin. A bowl of scrumptious jackfruit yogurt is a combination of yogurt, jackfruit, jelly, “tran chau” (tapioca balls), condensed milk, syrup and grinded ice. It would be better to enjoy this special dessert when travelling Vietnam in the summer.
Bánh Cuốn (Rolled Cake)
Bánh Cuốn is a delicate and light meal commonly eaten for breakfast in Vietnam. Considered as a favorite of the locals, Bánh Cuốn is one of the iconic street foods in Hanoi. It can be found at every corner of the capital. This dish is a combination of meat, minced wood ear mushroom, Vietnamese ham, steamed bean sprouts, onions, and fish sauce. If you have a chance to explore Hanoi, don’t forget to grab one of the little stools.
Bún Chả (Grilled Pork & Noodles)
If Phở is the number one dish of Hanoi, then Bún Chả is probably number two. Bún Chả can also be found in the South of Vietnam, but just doesn’t taste the same. It’s a dish consisting of grilled pork, sticky rice noodles, fresh leafy greens such as perilla, coriander, lettuce and mint.
For the best taste, you should try Bún Chả with dipping sauce, which is a combination of diluted fish sauce with sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, stock, crushed garlic, chilli. If these ingredients aren’t enough for you, then add crab fried spring roll to the mix.
Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Sandwich)
Bánh Mì, aka Vietnamese Sandwich, is one of the most well-known dishes of the south-east Asian country, also a symbol of Vietnamese street food and a signal of the modern Vietnamese lifestyle.
You will find Bánh Mì full of amazing ingredients: an airy and crunchy French-style baguette, stuffed with the combination of meats, vegetables, pate, butter, mixed with spicy chili.
No matter where you are in Hanoi, you can easily find a loaf of Bánh Mì to enjoy. It is such a great idea to try this specialty at any time of the day.
This list only shows some must-try street foods in Hanoi but there is a wide range of diverse food in this ancient capital to explore and enjoy. Take your time!