LIST OF VIETNAM FOOD YOU SHOULD TRY WHEN TRAVELLING TO VIETNAM – PART 1: IN HANOI

Have you known the famous noodle soup – Pho – one of the best Vietnam food? you have been to Vietnam, however, do you know where to have the original and best bowls of Pho? This article provides a list of other delicious Vietnam food that you must try when traveling to this beautiful country. As a local guide, Impressive Travel Vietnam would like to recommend   the best restaurants to experience Vietnam unique cuisine and food.

 

 

 

1. Pho

 

 

 

You can easily find a street restaurant for Pho if you stay in the Hanoi Old Quarter. Indeed, there is several local brand for Pho ( such as: Pho Thin, Pho Co, Pho 24, Pho Bat Dan, Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su).

 

 

 

 

Pho Ga ( with chicken)

This simple staple consisting of a salty broth, fresh rice noodles, a sprinkling of herbs and chicken or beef, features predominately in the local diet -- and understandably so. It’s cheap, tasty, and widely available at all hours.

 

Vietnamese usually have Pho for breakfast or dinner.

 

 
 

Recommended address for the best Pho:

 

Pho Bat Dan, no 49 Bat Dan street, Hanoi; +84 43 821 2709.( Open time: 5pm – 2 pm everyday)   

 

Pho Ly Quoc Su – Address 1: 10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem.

-Address 2: No 42 Hang Voi, Hoan Kiem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Cha ca

 

Hanoians consider cha ca as so outstanding that there is a street in the capital dedicated to these fried fish.    

 

This namesake alley is home to Cha Ca La Vong, which serves sizzling chunks of fish seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric and dill on a hot pan tableside.

 

Cha Ca La Vong may be the busiest but the service is a bit gruff and the food overpriced. Instead make your way to Duong Than in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem district, where you’ll find plenty of more affordable but just as tasty options

 

 

 

 

 

3. Bun Cha

 

 

Pho might be Vietnam’s most famous dish but bun cha is the top choice when it comes to lunchtime in the capital.

 

 

 

Just look for the clouds of meaty smoke after 11 a.m. when street-side restaurants start grilling up small patties of seasoned pork and slices of marinated pork belly over a charcoal fire. Once they’re charred and crispy the morsels are served with a large bowl of a fish sauce-heavy broth, a basket of herbs and a helping of rice noodles.

 

Hanoi’s most famous bun cha outlet is 1 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Mien Tron Tom Cua

 

 

This is not a well known Vietnam food to travelers. However, it is one of Hanoi-an ‘s favorite food. The ingredients are an other type of noodle mixing with fried shrimp, crafts, vegetables, herb, sauce, beans, etc. You won’t forget Mien Tron Tom Cua once you taste it.

 

Impressive Travel Vietnam recommend the restaurant Tu Tom – address no 2 Cua Dong street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Nem ran/cha gio – Spring Roll

Vietnam Spring roll is listed at number 30 on World's 50 most delicious foods by CNN Go. It gained popularity among Vietnam’s neighboring countries and western travelers . These rolls are considered to be a very popular appetizer among customers in Vietnamese restaurants.

 

 

The crispy shell with a soft veggie and meat filling dunked in a tangy sauce gets the gastronomic juices flowing before a main course. In the north these parcels go by the name nem ran while southerners call them cha gio.

 

 

Most of cooking class on cruise in Halong Bay or in Hanoi Old Quarter is to teach the joiners how to make Vietnam Spring rolls, you can enjoy your DIY spring rolls or ask the chef to make it for you.

 

Impressive Travel Vietnam offers Cookery Class Tours that you will go to market in the morning to buy ingredients and make spring roll by yourself.

 

6. Xoi Xeo

 

 

 

Savory sticky rice is less of an accompaniment to meals in Vietnam, more a meal itself. The glutinous staple comes with any number of mix-ins (from slithers of chicken, or pork to fried or preserved eggs), but almost always with a scattering of dried shallots on top.

 

Xoi Yen, Nguyen Huu Huan, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Goi cuon

 

These light and healthy fresh spring rolls are a wholesome choice when you’ve been indulging in too much of the fried food in Vietnam.

 

 

 

 

 

The translucent parcels are first packed with salad greens, a slither of meat or seafood and a layer of coriander, before being neatly rolled and dunked in Vietnam’s favorite condiment -- fish sauce.

 

Quan An Ngon, 18 Phan Boi Chau, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi; +84 43 942 8162

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Hoa qua dam

 

 

 

This chunky blend of fresh tropical fruit in a cup is the perfect local treat when the heat of Vietnamese summer starts to wear you down. It could be considered a healthy alternative to ice cream -- if you stick to the shaved ice variation -- but for the full experience it’s best had with diabetes-inducing condensed milk mixed in.

 

 

 

Street restaurant Hoa Beo, number 15B To Tich, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Ca phe trung

 

 

 

Vietnamese “egg coffee” is technically a drink but we prefer to put it in the dessert category. The creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam perched on the dense Vietnamese coffee will have even those who don’t normally crave a cup of joe licking their spoons with delight.

 

In Hanoi, follow the tiny alley between the kitschy souvenir shops at 11 Hang Gai into the clearing, and up several flights of increasingly dicey stairs to pair your ca phe trung with an unbeatable view of Hoan Kiem Lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Ga tan

 

 

Got the sniffles? Opt for ga tan, a broth that’s Vietnam’s answer to the proverbial cup of chicken noodle soup. Sure it’s not quite how your mother used to make it, with its greenish tinge from the herbs and hunks of chicken parts, but it’s worth a try if you’re needing a Vietnamese tonic.

 

Try this at one of the street stalls on Hanoi’s Tong Duy Tan aka Pho Am Thuc, or “Food Street”),Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi