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Hanoi cuisine strongly appeals to tourists

Mon, 12 May 2014. Last updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:41

Hanoi has for a long time been one of the most ideal destinations for tourists. Coming Hanoi and enjoying Hanoi cuisine is the best way to explore the beautiful city.

Hanoi cuisine is one of the most appealing impressions when tourists take a tour in the thousand year city. Hanoi is famous for not only noodle soup, but also many other delicacies, from luxury to “sidewalk” that you should not miss to taste.


Pho – Vietnamese noodle soup


Beef Pho in Bat Dan


If asking any tourists about the most memorable dishes when arriving in Hanoi, you will find out the answer that it should be noodle soup. Pho Hanoi is slightly different from other Pho. Eating Pho without raw vegetables but perfect broth will bring the appetite for all tourists.

Hanoi still retains many famous noodle soup stores, namely Pho Co Cu at Lieu Giai street,  Pho Mau Dich (Trade) at Ly Quoc Su street, Pho Thin at Lo Duc street;  and Pho Suong (Happiness) at the middle of Dinh Liet street...

Price per a bowl of Pho is only from VND 25,000.


Cha Ca La Vong (La Vong fried fish)


Cha Ca La Vong


Cha Ca La Vong, a popular food in Hanoi always ranks in the top of delicacies not to be missed when tourists explore Hanoi. It is usually introduced in brochures about Vietnam tourism. This is a delicious combination of perfect Vietnamese spices, such as fennel, shrimp sauce and fish sauce. All blended into an extremely attractive fragrant dish.

Cha Ca La Vong should be served with red peppers, noodles, herbs, and delicious fried fish pieces on top. There are many stores now selling Cha Ca (fried fish) in Hanoi; however, it must name the oldest restaurant Cha Ca La Vong at No.14 Cha Ca Street.

Partly fried fish price is from VND 120,000 - 200,000.


Bun Oc (snail noodle soup)


Bun oc or snail noodle soup


A bowl of snail noodle soup brings sour taste of the vinegar, crunchy taste of snails. It is served with fried tofu and vegetables... Noodle and dishes from noodle are the most fascinating Hanoi food. Processing a snail noodle soup is not quite difficult; yet owning a tasty snail noodle bowl is a secret of each owner. Going to Hanoi, you can comfortable enjoy this dish at:

• Bun oc ba Sau (Mrs. Sau snail noodle soup) at No.73A Mai Hac De Street (sale from morning to noon).

• Bun oc ba Luong (Mrs. Luong snail noodle soup) at Khuong Thuong Street.

• Bun oc co Beo (Mrs. Fatty snail noodle soup) at 1 Hoe Nhai.

• Snail noodle soup store at Nguyen Cao market (No.5 Dong Mac, Dong Mac ward, Hai Ba Trung District).

Price for snail noodle soup each is from VND 20,000.


Dried beef salad


Beef papaya salad


Main ingredients makes this dish are green papaya, dried beef, herbs and especially sweet and sour sauce sprinkled on top.

Tourists can easily find many stores selling the dish; however, if you would like to enjoy the delicious salad, should go: Hue salad store on Ham Long Street, opposite Ham Long Church (beef salad, mixed salad, beef tendon salad...); Long Vi On store at No.23 Ho Hoan Kiem street...with the price is from VND 20,000 per each.


Trang Tien ice cream


Trang Tien ice cream


Located in the heart of Hanoi capital, this ice cream store has been appearing since Vietnam subsidy period. It becomes a cultural feature Hanoi people always remember in their own minds even if they have to be far away from here.

Trang Tien ice cream with a cool, sweet, fresh and fragrant cream taste is not just the same as industrial productions. Situated on Trang Tien street, authentic Trang Tien ice cream counters are always crowded all year round, even in bitter cold winter days.

Authentic Trang Tien ice cream store is at No. 35 Trang Tien Street (near Hoan Kiem Lake).


West Lake shrimp cake


West Lake shrimp cake


Those who have been to Hanoi will surely be eager to enjoy hot West Lake shrimp cakes. Freshwater prawns are cooked to medium on the yellow cake and crispy as baking pancakes.

The sweet-scented shrimp, the crispiness of the cake, spicy and sour vinegar sauce actually give unforgettable feelings when tourists enjoy the special cake.

Life gradually changes, sale forms and ways to enjoy shrimp cakes are also far different from the past, yet West Lake shrimp cake retains its intact traditional flavor. Tourists should one set their food in West Lake to enjoy the delicious dish of shrimp cake with the succulent mix of salty, sweet, sour and spicy taste.

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