Around the World, Asia, Vietnam

[Seven Street Foods to Eat in Hanoi – Hanoi, Vietnam]

January 6, 2018

We only had a few days in Hanoi and I really wanted to make the best of it so we decided that we’d do one of two tours this trip and make it a food tour. I booked this way ahead of time and I usually don’t like to do that outside of dinner reservations. Ben’s allergy means that a food tour is a perfect way to have not only a guide navigate the busy streets of Hanoi but also that someone else is responsible for a few hours…

We found Hanoi Street Food Tours (we did the 3-hour night walking tour) through Tripadvisor, a must when traveling. Though we never use it stateside, it’s invaluable when traveling because it is so trafficked and helpful for finding good tours and experiences. Our guide Windy was the best. Her stories were hilarious and we honestly don’t even remember talking about the food much. Here is a breakdown of some of our tour highlights, we were very hungry so there are no establishing shots and very little context.

Biggest regret was not getting a photo with Windy. Instead here is some of our walking path that night as we wandered pre-tour.

Feeling overwhelmed? Let’s switch to food!

Bun Cha

Bun cha is a Vietnamese dish of pork and noodle. The grilled meat and broth is only made even more perfect by dumping in an array of topics. We’re always big fans, this is probably my favorite dish. Bun Cha Ta is the known place locally and where we wound up though, to be honest we also had amazing bun cha on the street, not sitting in seats so really you can’t go wrong.

Bun cha time!

Dried Beef Salad

Also known as…Nộm Bò Khô. We loved the mix of cooked and dried beef. Crushed peanuts, green papaya, shallots, I mean honestly, can you ask for anything more?

Dried jerky and (not dried) beef. The hot and dry mixture was awesome.

Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon was my favorite new thing I discovered. Made of tapioca flour, rice flour, salt and water then spread like a crepe over this taught silk. The result is a beautiful rice noodle like roll with pork and mushrooms inside. It was so, so delicious. Below is Ben’s hand being guided by Windy to not screw up our dinner.

So, we made this!

The end result! Those are fried shallots on top, yum!

Deep Fried Everything!

Everything was deep fried which means that it was good.

There was some veggie component to this but it was minor. Also this round came wiht beers.

I thought I’d show you this last, you’re welcome.

 

Vietnamese Glass Noodle Soup

This was the only place we stopped where we sat on chairs. The only one that wasn’t exactly street food.

Banh Mi

You already know it, love it. Let’s skip to the best part…the twist for us is that the banh mi here all had a slightly sweet egg included. I wish I’d thought of adding the egg before since it is standard in Vietnam. As I mentioned in the caption though, as many people on the ground told us, the real, actually best banh mi is not in Hanoi but Hoi An so I’d say set expectations accordingly but they’re honestly still going to be met because this was delicious. We also went to another banh mi spot which was equally as delicious the day before. Get there early for the best banh mi, they run out of certain menu items 🙂

A good Banh Mi always has pate and an egg. That sweet egg binds it all together. That being said, I was told by many people that the good banh mi is in Hoi An and to not expect much in Hanoi. As a naive traveler, I thought this was really good still.

This egg coffee (more on this later) was served to us as the show owners told us we were a very good match. It made it even more delicious.

Dessert

This is another case of, we already had this place saved on our list and was the only one we’d visited before being taken by Windy. chè 95 hàng Bạc is an awesome dessert spot. We got super micromanaged when we went on our own – 40 or so Americans down and they forgot about our order in the process, we had to order three times because they kept forgetting.  All in all, this is the one place I’d say, hit up if you have lots of time or when the business has no one there since it has a tendency to get mobbed. The desserts? amazing.

Before the tour group showed up, Ben couldn’t fit in any chair. These were big for him in Hanoi actually.

I felt the need to include both these pictures. I’m horrible but also you’re welcome.

This was so delicious, sweet and a good chewy texture. Think half flan, half boba in a custard.

 

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