You could find Vietnamese people different from those from other countries in terms of culture, custom, belief and the likes. Yet, when landing in the beautiful country, especially in its capital, Hanoi, you could certainly feel that you are in a heaven of food and food and cuisine itself makes Vietnam different from other countries.
You are bound to totally forget about your fast food in order to immerse yourself in the world of mouthwatering Asian cuisine. Tip here is that humble restaurants offer the best foods and the Old Quarter is the melting pot of great cuisines. Below are some must-eat dishes in Hanoi:
Cha ca La Vong
Marinated fish and fresh vegetables are fried on a hot pan and eaten with rice vermicelli, peanut, and sauce. The best Cha ca could be found on No14, Cha Ca Street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Yet, if you want a more spacious place to enjoy Cha Ca, let’s go to Cha Ca Lao Ngu, No171 Thai Ha Street.
Pho (Vietnamese noodles)
You might once taste noodles of other countries or Vietnamese noodles somewhere else, but nothing could beat the amazingly subtle flavor of Vietnamese noodles in Hanoi. The most special Pho restaurant in Hanoi is Pho Bat Dan (located at No.49, Bat Dan). In order to enjoy the cuisine, you have to stand in line and wait until your serving done. Yet, with the excellent service, it only takes you about 10 minutes for waiting, rest assured.
The vivid combination of mouthwatering grilled pork, spring rolls and tastefully sweet spicy sauce could blow you away. The ideal place to enjoy the specialty is the old-established restaurant at No.1, Hang Manh Street, Old Quarter Hanoi.
It is a savory cuisine made of rice flour, ground pork, wood ear, and fried onion. The cake could not be truly enjoyed without its extremely delicious seasoning. The spicy, sweet, sour and salty sauce blends so nicely with the cake that guests could not leave the food stall without enjoying another serving. Banh Cuon Gia An on Ba Trieu Street is an ideal place for visitors to savor the specialty.