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  10 Dishes You Must Try in Hanoi (02/03/2018 17:11:08)
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is truly a food lover’s paradise, and is filled with an array of North Vietnamese dishes suited for every palate and budget.

The city is famed for its unique blend of Asian and French culture and both the architecture and cuisine reflects these influences. Wandering around the chaotic Old Quarter in Hanoi is an experience in itself - motorbikes fly around you with their incessant honking, locals are perched on small plastic stools slurping down fragrant broth and tourists are busy snacking on filled bread rolls they’ve purchased from street vendors. It’s hard to go wrong with food options in Hanoi, but to ensure you don’t miss out on the best Vietnamese cuisine this city has to offer, I have rounded up my 10 must-try dishes and where to get them!

Pho (noodle soup)

Arguably Vietnam’s most famous dish, Pho (pronounced “fur”) is a soup eaten primarily for breakfast but is served up from sunrise to sunset across Vietnam. The soup is made from boiled beef bones which are flavoured with cinnamon and star anise to produce a fragrant broth, with meat, noodles, herbs and onion are scattered in before serving. Pho bo means the soup is served with beef and pho ga is chicken. It’s cheap, filling and tasty and you can see why this dish dominates in Hanoi!

Where to get it:
Pho Bat Dan (49 Bat Dan, Hanoi) and Pho 10 (10 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hanoi) both serve up fragrant, delicious and cheap bowls of Pho.

Banh Mi (filled baguette)

The humble Banh Mi baguette has to be one of my favourite Vietnamese meals and is the perfect street food for a snack on the go. We can thank French colonialism for the freshly baked baguette which is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s given an Asian twist by being filled with cold cut meats, pate, mayonnaise, pickled carrots and daikon. It’s then finished off with some fish sauce and coriander, and chilli if you like it hot.

Where to get it:
Banh Mi 25 (5 Hang Ca Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi) offers a range of Banh Mi flavours for a very affordable price.

Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon is a tasty dish featuring a thin pancake made from fermented rice batter which is filled with ground pork, mushroom and shallots. It’s served with a dipping sauce called Nuoc Cham which is typically made from fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and water. This is another typical breakfast food in Vietnam, but can be ordered any time of day due to its popularity.

Where to get it:
Banh Cuon Gia Truyen Restaurant (12 Hang Ga Street, Hanoi) serves up great Banh Cuon and you can watch the lady out the front make the extremely thin and delicate rice pancake.

Bun Cha

I’ve eaten Bun Cha many times in Sydney, and it involves a bowl filled with grilled pork, pickles and toppings. It was slightly different when I ate it in Hanoi. There was no ordering, I just sat down and then large plates of lettuce and fresh herbs, raw garlic and chilli, spring rolls, sauce with pickled vegetables, porky bits and noodles were plonked down. It was fresh, incredibly filling and pretty cheap (even though I am sure I was charged “tourist price”!)

Where to get it:
Bun Cha Dac Kim (1 Hang Manh Street, Hanoi) or Bun Cha Huong Lien (24 Le Van Huu, Hanoi) which is where Obama ate when he visited Hanoi!

Bun Rieu (Crab noodle soup)

This dish has been described as a love child of pho, tomato soup and the sea which is rather delightful. The soup is light and tangy, has thin round rice noodles (as opposed to the wide and flat noodles used in pho) and is topped with freshwater crab.

Where to get it:
Bun Rieu Cua (11 Ho Hoan Kiem Street, Hanoi) is the place to go for some incredibly fragrant soup.

Egg Coffee

Egg coffee is a curious-sounding drink made with whipped egg yolk on top of black coffee. I am not a huge fan of eggs, especially in my morning cup of coffee, but I was truly blown away by this drink! The recipe was developed many years ago when dairy was scarce in Vietnam, and a clever man had the idea to whip egg and sugar together to replace it, creating a thick and creamy texture. The drink is now made with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and Robusta coffee.

Where to get it:
Giang Cafe (No.39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street, Hanoi) claims to be the originator of Egg Coffee and serves up a deliciously thick and creamy drink.

Banh Xeo (Crispy pancakes)

Banh Xeo translates to “sizzling cake” which references the sizzle sound the rice batter makes when poured onto the hot pan. The batter of this savoury pancake is made from rice flour, water and turmeric (for colour and flavour) and is often filled with pork, prawns, green onion and bean sprouts.

Where to get it:
Banh Xeo Zon (25 Lo Su Street, Hanoi) for incredibly crispy pancakes topped with fresh ingredients.

Cha Ca

Cha ca is a Vietnamese-style fried fish that is flavoured with turmeric and dill. It’s marinated beforehand and then cooked on a hot pan by your table and served with rice noodles. It can be accompanied with a fish sauce-based dip or fermented anchovy dipping sauce for the brave.

Where to get it:
Cha Ca Thang Long (31 Duong Thanh Street, Hanoi) is one of the most popular places to try Cha Ca for tourists and locals alike.

Pho Xao

Pho Xao is not actually a soup (which was my first thought) but a stir fried beef noodle dish. This meal involves rice noodles and beef like pho, however the noodles are deep fried and stir fried beef and vegetables are placed on top. Another pho-inspired dish is pho cuon, which are rice paper rolls filled with seasoned beef, herbs and lettuce. Both are incredibly delicious!

Where to get it:
Pho Cuon Huong Mai (25 Ngu Xa Street, Hanoi) serves both Pho Cuon and Pho Xao.

Hoa Qua Dam

Hoa Qua Dam is a dessert made of chopped fresh fruit which is topped with shaved ice, coconut cream and condensed milk. It’s refreshing, fruity and oh so sweet and is the perfect dish to finish off a meal in Hanoi. Most stores along To Tich dish offer this dish, in fact it is known as the fruit salad street!

Where to get it:
Hoa Beo (17 To Tich, Hanoi) is a great place to try this dessert, but to be honest you really can’t go wrong for a fruit-based dessert on To Tich!

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