Pocket eating guide in Hanoi's Old Quarter

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Hanoi, Vietnam’s Capital, is the most favorable destination of many foreign tourists due to its long history, rich culture and amazing cuisine.  

For those who visit Hanoi to travel back in time or to explorer the city’s culture and lifestyle, Ha Noi Old Quarter is definitely a should-not-miss-hot-spot in your schedule.

And for those who love cooking and Vietnamese food, a tour around the Old Quarter will surely not let you down. 

Let follow VNSplorer - Vietnam Travel Guide to master the pocket eating guide in Hanoi's Old Quarter like the true locals.

 

  •  Phở (Vietnamese Beef Soup Noodle)

“Phở” (Vietnamese Beef Soup Noodle) has been long the most well-known representative from Vietnam in the world cuisines map. Hanoi is considered as the land of “phở”, so it is not surprising if you can see “phở” selling everywhere in the capital of Vietnam from street vendors to family food stores or even to restaurants. Some adjust the recipe of “phở” a bit to suit with many types of customers (either local or foreigner). To enjoy the original flavor of “phở”, try the local favorite list. Below is VNSplorer - Vietnam Travel Guide suggestion if you are around the Hanoi Old Quarter:

 

Store's name: Phở Sướng 

Address: 24 Trung Yen Lane, Dinh Liet St., Hoang Kiem Dist., Hanoi (See directions)

Opening time: Morning: 05:30 AM - 11:00 AM

                     Afternoon: 04:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Price: 15.000 - 39.000 VND

 

  • Bánh mì (Vietnamese Sandwiches)

Beside the famous "phở", "bánh mì" is a new hot trend Vietnamese food searching in recent years.

In the 1860s and 1870s, baguette was introduced to Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City today) by the French during the colonial period. The traditional baguette was modified by Sai Gon people then to suit with the local taste and predilection: shorter length, thin crispy crust outside and light, airy and chewy crumb inside and stuffed with many types of delicous fillings such as cured pork, pork cake, pickles and veggies. Therefore, Sai Gon is considered as the homeland of this special ''dish''.

Nowadays, ''Bánh mì'' is known as one of the most popular and favorite fast foods throughout the country at any time of a day either breakfast, lunch or dinner due to its convenience, cheap price and beautiful taste. Below is VNSplorer - Vietnam Travel Guide suggestion if you are around the Hanoi Old Quarter:

Store’s name: Bánh mì 25

Address: 25 Hang Ca St., Hoang Kiem Dist., Hanoi (See directions)

Opening time: Daily from 07:00 AM to 08:15 PM

Price: 15.000 – 25.000 VND

 

  • Xôi mặn (Vietnamese Savory Steamed Sticky Rice)

"Xôi" (Steamed Sticky Rice) is another popular and favorable fast food in Vietnam. It is usually served as breakfast from street vendors. The dish can be found either in sweet taste or savory taste. In this collection, VNSplorer - Vietnam Travel Guide is going to introduce you a delicious savory steamed sticky rice in Hanoi Old Quarter. Steamed sticky rice is having with stewed pork, pork cake, sunny-side-up fried egg or stewed egg. The dish is served along with pickle cucumbers which is the perfect combination of flavors. Below is our suggestion if you are around the Hanoi Old Quarter:

Store’s name: Xôi 57 Thợ Nhuộm

Address: 57 Tho Nhuom St., Hoang Kiem Dist., Hanoi (See directions)

Opening time: Daily from 06:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Price: 30.000 – 40.000 VND

 

  • Bún Ốc (Vietnamese Snail Vermicelli Soup)

Dishes with vermicelli (“bún”) play an important role in Hanoi’s cuisine. It can be having with soup or without soup. Many characterized vermicelli dishes become a part of homesick of Hanoi people who staying far away for living or studying. “Bún Ốc” (Snail vermicelli Soup) is a favorite one among of those VNSplorer - Vietnam Travel Guide would love to introduce to you. The soup is made of bone broth cooking with tomato, fried tofu and snail meat (a kind of freshwater snail). The secret behind its amazing flavor is a kind of Vietnamese traditional homemade vinegar called “giấm bỗng” which to create the balance of sweet and sour flavor; and especially the appetizing smell of the dish. If you are around the Hanoi Old Quarter, why don't you try this store below, a familiar address to the locals:

 

Store's name: Bún Ốc Cô Thêm (Bun Oc Madam Them)

Address: 6 Hang Chai St., Hoang Kiem Dist., Hanoi (See directions)

Opening time: Daily from 06:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Price: 20.000 - 50.000 VND

 

  • Bún Riêu (Vietnamese Crab Paste Vermicelli Soup)

“Bún Riêu” is another favorable vermicelli soup version in Hanoi. Instead of snail meat, rice field crab meat is the main element of the dish. “Riêu” is crab paste which requires skillful technique to make. The soup is made of bone broth cooking with tomato, fried tofu and crab paste. Common vegetables served with “bún riêu” are Vietnamese balm, lecture and sliced banana flowers. Below is VNSplorer - Vietnam Travel Guide suggestion if you are around the Hanoi Old Quarter:

 


Store's name: Bún Riêu Cô Thành (Bun Rieu Madam Thanh)

Address: Next to Tien Ha Temple (46 Phat Loc St., Hoang Kiem Dist., Hanoi (See directions)

Opening time: Daily from 05:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Price: 10.000 - 20.000 VND

 

  • Bún chả (Kebab Rice Noodle)

You can find “Bún chả” (Kebab Rice Noodle) selling in many places in Vietnam, but to enjoy the truly tasty “Bún chả”, let visit its “hometown” – Hanoi. Different with Snail Vermicelli Soup and Crab Paste Vermicelli Soup, a set of “Bún chả” consist a dish of vermicelli (rice noodle), a bowl of sauce and a dish of fresh herbs. The sauce is the mixture of fish sauce, sugar and lime juice adding with pickles (green papaya and carrot) and kebab (grilled minced pork cake and bacon). Kebab is stuck into a pair of bamboo or a tray to grill. The secret to create the unique amazing flavor and smell of “bún chả” is belostomatidae essence. Belostomatidae essence is an extraordinary spice which can be found in Asian cuisines such as: India, Thailand, Myanmar, China, Singapore and Vietnam. It tastes a bit spicy and smells similar to cinnamon basil but much more special.

If you are around the Hanoi Old Quarter, here is VNSplorer - Vietnam Travel Guide recommend to you:

Store’s name: Tuyết - Bún chả 34

Address: 34 Hang Than St., Hoang Kiem Dist., Hanoi (See directions)

Opening time: Daily from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Price: 35.000 – 55.000 VND

 

  • Bún đậu mắm tôm (Vietnamese Fried Tofu Rice Noodle served with purple shrimp paste)

Shrimp paste or shrimp sauce ("mắm tôm"), is a common ingredient used in Southeast Asian and Southern Chinese cuisine. It is made from fermented shrimp mixed with salt. In Vietnamese ancient belief, shrimp paste is said to chase away evil spirits. Eating shrimp paste scares them off or keeps them at a fair distance. 

Shrimp paste can be found in many Vietnamese dishes, especially in the north. Many Westerners cannot stand it due to its super strong smell. 

Like its name, the original “bún đậu mắm tôm” only consist vermicelli, deep fried crispy tofu and shrimp paste. Nowadays, people also having with sliced boiled pork, fried pies of pork paste mixing with green rice (“chả cốm”), pork organs, etc.  

So curious about this freaky dish? Give it a try at the local favorite address in the Old Quarter.

Store’s name: Hương – Bún đậu Phất Lộc

Address: 55 Phat Loc, Hoang Kiem Dist., Hanoi (See directions)

Opening time: Daily from 08:30 AM to 07:00 PM

Price: 50.000 – 100.000 VND

 

  • Chim ngói nướng (Grilled Quail with honey)

Located in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, Ta Hien Street is known as the “international crossroads”, a must visit place in Hanoi in any tourists guiding book. The 200 meter-long-street (linking Hang Bac Street to Hang Buom Street) attracts a large number of either foreign tourists or young locals as people can gather to enjoy good foods, cool beer and chat with friends.

Grilled quail with honey is a brand dish of this street.  Because the bird is young, its meat is sweet, tender and fragrant when roasted on charcoal. Here we go, below is a famous address VNSplorer - Vietnam Travel Guide would love to share with you:

 

Store’s name: Chim ngói nướng Tạ Hiện

Address: 5B Ta Hien St., Hoang Kiem Dist., Hanoi (See directions)

Opening time: Daily from 04:30 to 08:30 PM

Price: 45.000 VND/dish (4 grilled quails)

 

  • Bia lạnh (Cool Beer)

The food in Ta Hien Street is good but what draws the crowds here is the cheap cool beer called “bia hơi” or “bia cỏ” selling in glasses. It is actually kind of cheap draft beer that may make you headache for the next day. It would be better to enjoy the atmosphere and cool beer bottles of famous brands. Some recommended ribs to have with beer are: fried chips, sunflower seeds, fried cheese sticks, fermented spring rolls, etc.

Store’s name: Bia Phố cổ

Address: 18 Ta Hien St., Hoang Kiem Dist., Hanoi. (See directions)

Opening time: Daily from 04:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Price: 5.000 VND/ glass of beer

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