Once mentioning Hanoi, the traditional pho that many people are passionate about is an unmissable topic. The intimate dish in the daily life of Hanoians is also the unique quintessence of Hanoi cuisine in particular and Vietnam in general.
Pho Bat Dan
Address: Pho Bat Dan, 49 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District
People keep telling others that the most authentic delicious pho of the capital land is at a traditional pho restaurant in Bat Dan Street, which has lived with Hanoi for more than 70 years. Despite being passed down through many generations, Pho Bat Dan still retains the rich taste of the broth, the natural light chewy noodle and rare tender beef. An attraction of this restaurant for visitors is a long patient line of diners waiting to eat pho. Even during rush hour, especially on weekends, when employees are always on the go, the guests start to serve themselves when it’s their turn.
Rolled Pho of Ngu Xa Street
Address: 25 – 27 Ngu Xa Street, Truc Bach Ward, Ba Dinh District
Another variation of traditional pho is rolled pho. And when it comes to rolled pho in Hanoi, it is impossible to ignore Ngu Xa street – the renowned quintessential convergence of dishes made from Pho in the land of Hanoi. Strolling around Ngu Xa, you will find lots of restaurants serving a variety of pho dishes. Perhaps, Pho Huong Mai is the most outstanding one there. It leaves Hanoians and visitors a warm, pleasant for its enthusiastic hospitality of the staff and a diverse menu. In addition to rolled pho, there are also crispy pho, egg fried pho, etc., with a rich flavour that fits your taste.
Hot banh duc in Le Ngoc Han street
Address: No. 8, Alley 8B, Le Ngoc Han Street, Hai Ba Trung District
Banh duc (a type of rice cake) is a familiar rustic dish of Vietnamese. They love it because of the light softy and chewy texture of the cake, along with the thick, aromatic sauce, the crunchiness of the wood ear mushroom and the tasty tofu. If you want to eat veritable hot banh duc, you must find your way to Le Ngoc Han street. Humbly nestled in an alley, the rustic shop selling banh duc has existed for more than 30 years without a time of being deserted. The banh duc there is quite cheap, only 15,000 VND for a full bowl of banh duc, sauce, tofu and fried combination of minced pork with wood ear mushroom and scallion.
Bun dau Hang Khay
(Fermented shrimp paste with fried tofu
and rice vermicelli of Hang Khay street)
Address: Alley 31 Hang Khay Street, Hoan Kiem District
Despite a simple, casual dish, bun dau mam tom is also considered one of the quintessential features in Hanoi culinary culture. Although located in a relatively small alley and almost always having to queue to be able to eat a set of bun dau, bun dau Hang Khay has always been one of the top choices of everyone. Despite the small space that is always crowed, bun dau mam tom there still always gain points for the enthusiasm and friendliness of the staff. With a cost of about 45,000 VND for one serving, there would be hot yellow fried tofu, vermicelli noodles, fermented shrimp sauce. Also, there are many choices for side dishes such as pork leg, bacon, fried Vietnamese sausage with green rice, pork brawn, fried pork black pudding sausage, and a diversity of fresh vegetables.
Bun cha Hang Manh
Address: No. 1, Hang Manh Street, Hoan Kiem District
Wandering any street in Hanoi, you will easily catch a few restaurants serving bun cha. However, the top bun cha of people’s minds is in Hang Manh street. Located at the beginning of the road, bun cha Dac Kim has long been a familiar address of foreign tourists who want to enjoy the cuisine of the capital. The shop is one of the famous places with a family tradition of serving an heirloom recipe for around 20 years in the profession. This shop is renowned for its meticulous and elaborate process of choosing ingredients, spices marinating to make the original flavoury patties. It is also because of the fragrant soft meat grilled on charcoal.
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