A guide to street food in Hanoi

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Hanoi has a lively street food culture that offers reasonably priced and flavorful food in attractive settings. With its astounding mix of tastes and flavors, Vietnamese street food is one of the healthiest in the world. We explore the popular dishes that can be found on the streets of Hanoi and places where you can sample them.

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Banh Canh and Goi Cuon

The banh canh, Vietnamese noodles with crab meat, crab cake, chili, lime juice and coconut dip, surprises with a rich texture and robust flavours. Goi cuon, a fresh spring roll, is made of rice paper filled with fresh vegetables, cooked pork meat and cooked prawns dipped into sweet soya sauce and topped with roasted peanuts. These dishes can be found in Madame Hien, a beautiful restaurant located in the old part of the city that serves some of the best Vietnamese food in town.

Address: 15 Chan Cam, Hoan Kiem.

Goi Cuon (via Pizza Express)

Pho

Pho is a popular street food dish in Vietnam, usually consumed for breakfast or lunch. It’s a rice noodle soup with beef and herbs. Its origins are found in the 20th century with the influence of French, beef-heavy cuisine. It was later popularized throughout the world by the refugees from the Vietnam war. Today, pho is the most popular soup in Vietnam. You can sample the dish at Pho Gia Truyen restaurant.

Address: 49, Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District

Banh Tom

Banh Tom (via BepGiaDinh.com)

Banh tom is a shrimp patty specialty original from the area around West Lake (Ho Tay) in Hanoi. First, the dough is made with wheat flour, cornstarch, fresh water, egg, salt, pepper, turmeric powder and sweet potato. This is dipped into cooking oil and the shrimps are placed on top. The whole thing is deep fried for about 5 minutes until the shrimp pancakes become golden brown. The patty is usually served with fish sauce. You’ll find this specialty at Banh Tom Ho Tay.

Address: Thanh Nien, Ba Dinh.

Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon are Vietnamese steamed rice rolls that over the years have become the most popular breakfast food in the country. The steamed rice is cooked until it is very sticky and then it is scrapped off with a bamboo stick. After that, the rice roll is filled with strong-flavored pork, mushrooms, onions, and fish sauce. The version with pork and shrimps is equally delicious. Taste it at Banh Cuon Gia Truyen.

Address: 27 Hang Ga, Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem.

Banh Cuon (via Wikipedia)

Kem Xoi and sweet soup

Thu Nga is the best dessert spot in Hanoi for those customers who would love to try traditional Vietnamese desserts. Among many delicious dessert delights are the kem xoi, a sweet sticky rice topped with delicious ice-cream and roasted coconut and the che thap cam, a glass filled with ice, taro, red beans, and coconut milk.

Address: 23 Nguyen Phong Sac, Dich Vong Hau, Cau Giay.

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