If you have an occasion to Hanoi, Vietnam, Hanoi Old Quarter is a must-go destination. If taking a stroll around Hanoi Old Quarter in autumn days, you should spend time enjoying Hanoi’s best street food such as nộm bò khô (salad with beef jerky), phở gà trộn (mixed chicken noodle soup), nem chua nướng (grilled fermented pork roll).
Nộm bò khô (Salad with Beef Jerky)
A plate of beef jerky has not only beef jerky cow cut into pieces but also tendon, liver and types of vegetables. The most famous place for beef jerky is located in Hoan Kiem Lake street. The price of a plate is 35,000 VND.
Congee with Rib
A bowl of porridge with rib, fried breadstick and salted shredded meat is the best choice when you wander around the streets in the afternoon. Some suggested restaurants are Ly Quoc Su and Dong Xuan market, which sell congee from afternoon to late night. Each bowl of porridge costs about 30,000 VND.
Bánh giò (Vietnamese rice pyramid dumplings)
As a popular dish, the outside layer of bánh giò is made from rice flour; the inside part is covered with minced meat and wood ear and then all of them are wrapped in banana leaves. In Hanoi, if you have a meal in the afternoon, this food is often eaten with Vietnamese sausage with green rice, lean pork paste and sausage. You can enter the food stall on Dao Duy Tu street, Hang Than slope to enjoy this dish with the price of 12,000 VND.
Bánh xèo (Vietnamese crepe)
This food is cooked in the Central region’s style. The crepe is put in a small pan with yellow crust, the filling of shrimp, beef and bean sprouts. In the Hanoi Old Quarter, the restaurants selling bánh xèo in Hang Bo or Cho Gao are always crowded with customers from 3 p.m. The price of a cake is 20,000 VND.
Bánh tráng trộn (Mixed rice paper wrapper)
This is one of the most famous foods in Ho Chi Minh City and also a favorite food of many people in Hanoi. A plate of wrapper consists of rice paper, squid, beef jerky, quail eggs and green mango and brings the spicy flavor. You can enjoy this food in Hang Tre, Hang Trong and Ly Quoc Su in the Hanoi Old Quarter with the price of 20,000 VND.
Bánh rán mặn (Salty Deep-fried cake)
Bánh rán is usually crusted with rice flour and glutinous rice flour following a certain rate. The filling includes pork, crystal noodles and wood ear that has been fried before put inside the crust. Often this dish is eaten with leaf vegetables. Not cooked fussily and just sold on the sidewalk, bánh rán is always highly appreciated by local people and tourists as well every afternoon. Ly Quoc Su and Hang Chieu are the two ideal address for eating bánh rán only with 7,000 VND per cake.
Nem chua nướng (Grilled fermented pork roll)
You can find out delicious nem chua nướng near St. Joseph’s Cathedral, which is a familiar address for those who love Hanoi’s cuisine. Nem is baked on the charcoal stove, then wrapped by banana leave. Nem chua nướng is served with chili sauce. A plate of nem chua nướng costs 50,000 VND.
Quẩy (Fried breadstick)
Quẩy is known as a dish used to eat with phở (rice noodles) and bún (rice vermicelli). But in Hanoi, it is also a snack dipped in the sauce. Just with 20,000 VND, you can enter a restaurant in Hang Bong, Hang Dieu and Dao Duy Tu to eat a plate of 10.
Coming to Hanoi, in addition to visiting beauty spots such as Hoan Kiem lake, One Pillar pagoda and Dong Xuan market, it seems a pity to miss trying must-try foods in Hanoi. This is the opportunity for you to explore Vietnam’s culinary culture.