Hanoi is one of my favorite cities. And honestly, it’s because of the food.
Here are the top dishes I think everyone should try there. They’re amazing and unique to Hanoi. The places we went to were all in the old quarter, so you don’t even have to go far to have delicious!
Cha ca thang long. This, like most of my favorite foods, is an explosion of flavors. It’s fish with turmeric and dill that you can eat family style. At this place, we had it in hotspot form, which was the best. Also delicious is just having the fish, which we did in Ho Chi Minh City.
I LIKED THIS PLACE SO MUCH I WAS SMART AND TOOK A PICTURE OF THE NAME I DON’T CARE IF THE PICTURE IS ‘BAD’
Xoi. My favorite type of food (second to flavor explosion) is anything that combines mung beans, pork, and sticky rice. And then I found xoi, which is sticky rice and toppings Pictured below is xoi ga, which uses chicken and mung beans as the topping, and you can also find xoi with Chinese sausage, sweet xoi with coconut- whatever people think up!
Xoi ga from Xoi Yen. I LIKED THE FOOD SO MUCH THAT I TOOK A PIC HALFWAY THROUGH EATING SO I WON’T FORGET IT I DON’T CARE IF THE PICTURE IS ‘BAD’
Ca phe trung. Egg coffee. Sounds weird. Tastes amazing. Imagine a creamy/frothy Vietnamese coffee and you’ll get this. Sidenote: This place showed me that my regrets in life are often the things that I didn’t eat (the guys that I’ve dated also tend to be regrets, but I digress). They had an egg beer and I thought “wow that sounds interesting. But I’m not going to try it.” To this day, I wonder- “what does it taste like? Would I have liked it? Why didn’t I get it?”
You can order one hot or cold, and they’re both delicious.
Bun cha ha noi with nem cua be. Another favorite food because of its bold flavor (serious flavor explosions here) and emphasis on fatty pork. Usually ordered with crab egg rolls. You can easily find this in the US, unlike the things above, but this is a traditionally Hanoi dish and they do it well.
Not pictured: Egg rolls
Pho. Hanoi is the birthplace of pho! Their style of pho is very distinct and different than what we get in the states (we usually have more southern style places).
One day I want to try pho in Texas since Texans like their beef