Bread- Banh mi- Hanoi walking tour & Street food
Banh mi is the Vietnamese word for bread. Bread, or more specifically the baguette, was introduced by the French during the colonial period in Vietnam.
A banh mi sandwich typically consists of one or more meats, accompanying vegetables, and condiments. Common fillings include steamed, pan-roasted or oven-roasted seasoned pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, grilled pork, grilled pork patties, spreadable pork liver pâté, pork floss, grilled chicken, chicken floss, canned sardines in tomato sauce, soft pork meatballs in tomato sauce (xíu mại), head cheese, fried eggs, mock duck, and tofu. Accompanying vegetables typically include fresh cucumber slices, cilantro (leaves of the coriander plant) and pickled carrots and white radishes in shredded form. Common condiments include spicy chili sauce, sliced chilis, Maggi seasoning sauce, mayonnaise, and cheese.
Egg Coffee- Hanoi walking tour & Street food
This is the latest born among the 3 shops. The taste of Egg Coffee here is also good and distinct but the price is nearly a double than the previous ones. Instead, you can find it interesting to sit inside an old architecture ancient tile rooftop and enjoy the calm view of Hoan Kiem Lake from the balcony.
Iced coffee – Hanoi walking tour & Street food
Coffee was brought to Vietnam by the French and is, along with baguettes, one of their lasting culinary legacies. Beans are grown in Vietnam and roasted, often with lard, before being ground and served in single-serving metal filters.
Drinking a cup of cafe nau da, iced coffee with condensed milk, on a busy side street is one of Hanoi’s great pleasures.
Pho – Hanoi walking tour & Street food
As the birthplace of pho, Hanoi is ground zero for the fragrant rice noodle soup served with fresh herbs that has become popular all over the world. It’s no surprise, then, that Hanoi’s pho is outstanding. Two variations are most popular: pho ga (with chicken) and pho bo (with beef). Pho is traditionally served as a breakfast food, so you’ll find pho sellers all over town from before dawn to mid-morning.
Bun cha – Hanoi walking tour& Street food
Possibly the most delicious food available to man, bun cha is the lunch of choice all over Hanoi.
Pork patties and slices of pork belly are grilled over hot coals and served with fish sauce, tangy vinegar, sugar and lime, which, when combined, creates a sort of barbecue soup that is eaten with rice vermicelli and fresh herbs.
Accompanied by deep-fried spring rolls, this calorically rich dish is served with garlic and chilies on the side for an extra kick.
Try it at: Bun Cha Ta at 21 Nguyen Huu Huan street, Hanoi
Bun Rieu Cua – Hanoi walking tour& Street food
Freshwater crabs flavor this tangy tomato soup that’s made with round rice vermicelli and topped with pounded crabmeat, deep-fried tofu and, often, congealed blood. An odoriferous purple shrimp paste is offered on the side — it tastes delicious.
Chilies and fresh herbs are the finishing touches for a complete one-dish meal.
Barbecue chicken – Hanoi walking tour& Street food
Ly Van Phuc is its official name, but the place is colloquially known as “Chicken Street” in honor of the tasty poultry being barbecued up and down this crowded alley.
Grilled chicken wings and feet, sweet potatoes and bread that’s been brushed with honey before being grilled are served with chili sauce and pickled cucumbers in sweet vinegar.
The simple, enticing menu is nearly identical for all the vendors on the street.
Muc Nuong – Dry squid- Hanoi walking tour& Street food
There’s no greater pleasure than drinking on a busy Hanoi sidewalk, and what better to nosh on at while you do than muc nuong? Dried squid is grilled over hot coals before being shredded and served with a spicy sauce. It’s a chewy treat that is best washed down with shots of rice wine
Xoi – Sticky rice – Hanoi walking tour& Street food
In the morning you’ll find the sticky rice vendors out hawking their wares. Sticky rice is a hugely popular carb-rich breakfast food that comes wrapped in a banana leaf. There are dozens of variations on the dish.
One is served with crushed peanuts and sesame salt, another involves white corn and deep-fried shallots.
Nem cua be – Hanoi walking tour& Street food
You can find many types of excellent spring rolls all over Vietnam, but nem cua be, made with fresh crab meat, are particularly good. Unlike regular spring rolls, they are wrapped into a square shape before being fried.
Nem cua be are a specialty of Hai Phong, a seaside town not far away, but are fantastic in Hanoi as well.
Banh Cuon – Hanoi walking tour& Street food
Banh Cuon is a Northern Vietnamese dish that migrated to Hanoi. Thin steamed rice flour pancakes filled with minced pork and cloud ear mushrooms are served with nuoc cham, a fish-sauce-based dipping sauce, fried shallots and fresh herbs. Slightly goopy in texture, Banh cuon are often eaten for breakfast or as an evening pick-me-up.