Ha Noi Cuisine

Hanoi has rich food traditions and many of Vietnam’s most famous dishes, such as phở, chả cá, bánh cuốn and cốm are thought to come from Hanoi.
Pho Hanoi
Perhaps most widely known is Phở, a simple rice noodle soup often eaten as a breakfast dish in the home or at streetside cafes, but also served in restaurants as a meal.
Two varieties dominate the Hanoi scene: Phở Bò, containing beef, and Phở Gà, containing chicken.Hanoi has been selected as one of the top 10 cities for food in the world by Shermans Travel. Vietnam’s national dish Phở has been also named as one of the Top5 streetfood in the world by globalpost.

Pho, a typical dish of Hanoi people, has been existing for a long time. Pho is prepered not only in a sophisticated manner but also in the technique which is required to have sweet but pure bouillon, soft but not crasded noodle, soft and sweet smelling meat. Only in cold days, having a hot and sweet smelling bowl of Pho to enjoy would make you experience the complete flavor of the special dish of Hanoi
Dishes made of soft noodle soup are diverse such as vermicelli and fried chopped meat, Bun Thang, vermicelli and sour crab soup, stewed vermicelli and boiled lean meat, etc.
Bun Thang Hanoi
bun thang
The popular dish is vermicelli and sour crab soup whilst Bun Thang is for con-noisseurs, unique and available in Hanoi only. A bowl of Bun Thang includes lean pork paste, thin fried egg, salted shredded shrimp, chicken, onion, shrimps paste, and a little Belostomatid essence.Especially, Bun Thang bouillon made from shrimps and meat must be very sweet and pure. Without enjoying Bun Thang when arriving to Hanoi, it somewhat seems to lack of a part of taste of Hanoi.

Cha Ca La Vong
cha ca
“Chả cá Lã Vọng” ( Cha ca La Vong ) is a special food of Ha Noi and attracts not only local guests but also foreign travellers who always enjoy it. That is the reason why journalist Patricia Schultz published a book which had a sensational title “1.000 places to see before you die” (Workman Publisher, NY, America, 2003). Then press-agent MSNBC shortened it into “10 places to see before you die” in which Chả cá Lã Vọng Restaurant in Ha Noi was ranked 5th besides other 9 famous geographical places and festivals all over the world.

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