Having undergone hundred years of history, the Old Quarter of Hanoi still remains its peace and quiet. It is also the place where travelers can find the most famous specialties of this small but beautiful city. Let's discover the specialties of Hanoi Old Quater
Bun cha in Hanoi (Source: Internet)
This is absolutely a must-eat dish when taking a Hanoi travel. “Bun Cha” is the Vietnamese name of “grilled pork”, containing two types of meat: minced pork patties and strips of meat. They are soaked into dipping sauce made from fish sauce, lemon juice, garlic and chilies. You can dress it up by adding whatever you want. There are also rice vermicelli and fresh herbs. The best way to eat is to dip all these things into the soup and take a full mouth of it. You can order some more spring rolls to make the dish better.
“Bun Cha” is even more delicious when you eat at restaurants along the streets. Do not try to find a luxury restaurant, just stop where you can smell the smoky hazes from the grilling. Two most famous streets for Bun Cha is Hang Than and Hang Buom. You can easily enjoy an amazing dish at reasonable prices there.
Cha ca in Hanoi (Source: Internet)
If you want to try a specialty right after a long flight to Hanoi, “Cha Ca” is the answer. That dish has been suggested by many cuisine experts and Hanoi travel agencies before. White fish is seasoned with turmeric, garlic, ginger, and dill. They are served with rice vermicelli (bún), peanuts, onions, chilies and fish sauce. “Cha Ca” is so well-known with local citizens that there is a street in Old Quarter named after that dish. However, it is not the best place to try this seafood delicacy. Two most famous restaurants serving that dish are Cha Ca La Vong (14 Cha Ca and 107 Nguyen Truong To), Cha Ca Thang Long (19 Duong Thanh).
O mai in Hanoi (Source: Internet)
“O mai” is the famous specialty that anyone visiting Hanoi would bring home as a gift. It is a kind of jam made from many types of fruits. “O mai” can be found anywhere in Vietnam but it is still considered a specialty of Hanoi. There are some famous streets where visitors can easily find “O Mai” shops such as Hang Duong, Hang Dieu, Hang Than, etc. That jam is not only tasty but also very healthy as it is said to be a drug in oriental medicine.
Banh cuon in Hanoi (Source: Internet)
Popular as a dish for breakfast and midday snack, “Banh Cuon” is now suggested for not only locals but also travelers. It is a combination of ground pork, mushroom, onions, Vietnam “cha lua” and cucumber. All are wrapped in a flat steam rice flour sheet, knowing as “Vietnamese crepe”. And don’t forget to dip it into the light fish sauce to make it tastier. The chefs make it right behind the restaurants so when searching for a Banh Cuon restaurant, find anywhere steam is coming up.
If you want to try something that not many Hanoi travel guides have introduced, “Banh Cuon” would absolutely amaze you.
Xoi xeo in Hanoi (Source: Internet)
This is a street dish that you can find in almost every outdoor market. “Xoi Xeo” is sticky rice which usually comes with toppings of fired onion and “mung” bean. You can add some other slide dishes such as “cha lua”, “ruoc”- smashed and fried salted pork, steamed chicken, eggs and pork belly. Not only can you eat it at restaurants, you can also take away some for your long Hanoi travel trip.
Xoi Yen at Nguyen Huu Huan Street is the most famous destination when mentioning about “Xoi Xeo”. Visitors can have a bowl full of Xoi Xeo with just about 20,000 VND.
Pho in Hanoi (Source: Internet)
Of course, no one can ignore that famous dish when visiting Hanoi. “Pho” has been widely known as Vietnamese specialty and Hanoi is the destination for those who want to try the original dish. There are a lot of kinds of “Pho”, depending on which ingredients are added into. Travelers can find “Pho” anywhere, from street vendors to luxury restaurants. Just a small tip, the ones where locals gather the most are the places to sit down and take a try.