The simple but delicious dishes in Hanoi visitors must try

The simple but delicious dishes in Hanoi visitors must try

Hanoi 12.08.2020

If you have the opportunity to visit the thousand-year-old cultural capital of Hanoi, visitors will not only have the opportunity to discover the long cultural history of Vietnam, but also to enjoy the rich and diverse culinary culture in here. With a culinary paradise of 36 unique streets, Hanoi has become one of the interesting destinations that Western customers have extremely fallen in love . If you are from far away coming to Hanoi, follow to discover good food right away!

Translated by nguyendo

Written by trangnt

Bun Cha Hanoi (Hanoi Kebab rice noodles)

When it comes to the cuisine of Hanoi Old Quarter, it is undoubtedly true that people will mention Bun Cha - one of the dishes that international tourists must try.

Bun Cha Hanoi is often regarded as the "quintessence of the capital land" because of its blend and essence of the fresh noodles, bold dipping sauce as well as sweet and juicy pieces of barbecue. The highlight of Bun Cha Hanoi is the elaborate sauce, which is sour, spicy, salty and sweet, coupled with spices such as fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, hot chili, etc.  Green papaya, kohlrabi or carrots salad are often added in the bowl of Bun Cha’s sauce to make this Northern dish more attractive and distinctive. When eating Bun Cha, you can use the chopsticks to pick up some rice vermicelli and dip it into the sauce bowl. Enjoying the dish with some pieces of barbecue or meatballs and some raw vegetables, you can completely feel its irresistible deliciousness.

With a small amount of money, ranging from VND 25,000 to VND 50,000 per person, visitors can enjoy a big bowl of Bun Cha with grilled meat, fried spring rolls and a diversity of raw fresh vegetables.


The burnt ends barbecue with the perfect combination of sweet and sour sauce makes everyone fascinated.


With the characteristics above, Bun Cha Hanoi is increasingly attractive to tourists from all over the world. For the time being, there are more and more restaurants offering this dish in Hanoi, of which the most prominent one is the Bun Cha Dac Kim restaurant which is located at the beginning of Hang Manh street. Bun Cha Dac Kim wins the hearts of customers for its elaborateness in choosing fresh ingredients, attractive marinated spices, the fragrant aroma of meat and the perfect dipping sauce which is sour, spicy, salty and sweet. Also, it is noted that the price is very affordable to have a big bowl of Bun Cha.

- Recommended addresses: Bun Cha Dac Kim restaurant, No 1 Hang Manh or Bun Cha Huong Lien, 24 Le Van Huu street.

- Operating time: 08:30 - 21:00

- Average price: VND 50,000 - 60,000/serving

- Average price for drinks: VND 10,000 - 20,000 depending on the types of drinks.

Bun Dau Mam Tom (Vermicelli with fried tofu and shrimp paste)

Along with Bun Cha Hanoi, Bun Dau Mam Tom is also one of the culinary beauties of the region that Western visitors should definitely try once when coming to Hanoi.

This dish is said to have a strong essence of Hanoi because of its simplicity and closeness to the lives of people here, which is explained by its simple recipe. The dish is composed of some vermicelli, greasy fried tofu, spring rolls, hog’s pudding, sweet boiled pork, fragrant grilled pork paste with young green sticky rice, in line with a small bowl of shrimp paste with some lemon and hot chilli. This special combination creates a unique flavor whetting the appetite of the diners and can make a large difference in taste few other dishes can achieve.


Bun Dau - a dish not to be missed when coming to Hanoi. Photo:

From VND 30,000 to 50,000 for one serving, you can enjoy this special dish. We can assure that with only one serving, you can have a full and delicious meal with a pretty reasonable price. You can enjoy the delicious taste of Bun Dau Mam Tom for breakfast or lunch.

If you are a true foodie, we can make sure that Bun Dau Mam Tom Hang Khay will help you have an unforgettable experience.

- Recommended Addresses: Bun Dau Mam Tom Mrs. Tuyen Restaurant - 31, Lane 29, Hang Khay or Bun Dau Trung Huong, Lane Phat Loc.

- Operating time: 7:00 - 21:00

- Average price: VND 30,000 - 35,000 VND/serving


Just looking at this dish can make you indisputably attracted: Photo: @cookat_vietnam

Pho Ha Noi

It would be a pity if you go to Hanoi Old Quarter without enjoying Pho Bo Hanoi (Hanoi Beef and Rice Noodle Soup). Pho Hanoi attracts tourists, especially international ones because of its outstanding features such as handmade noodles which are both smooth and firm with a bold taste; the unique light sweet broth from mixed pork bones, pipe bones and beef bones. Combining these ingredients with premium fresh beef which is sliced thinly, and then putting them into a bowl of Pho, adding some spring onion and vegetables, you will have an extremely delicious and eye-catching dish. 


Photo: @nhiweex

There is a wide range of Pho Hanoi for visitors to try such as rice noodle soup with half done beef, well-done beef, flank steak, brisket, beef shank, etc.

In Hanoi, Western customers can go to Pho 10 Ly Quoc Su Restaurant - a symbol of traditional Vietnamese Pho of Hanoi - to explore this unique dish.

- Address: No. 10 Ly Quoc Su or Pho Thin, 13 Lo Duc, Hanoi

- Operating time: 06:30 - 22:30

- Average price: VND 60,000 - 120,000/serving.


The light sweetness, aroma of cardamom and grilled star anise, 

mixed with sliced ginger and thin slices of beef, create Pho Hanoi. Photo:

Cha Ca Hanoi (Hanoi Grilled Fish)

Most international tourists have shown their interests in the traditional Cha Ca Hanoi. This is one of the delicious and unique dishes in the “culinary paradise” of Hanoi Old Quarter.


Photo: @chefsophiekitchen

Hanoi Grilled Fish is made quite simply, served with rice noodles, basil, roasted peanuts, sliced spring onion, dill and a bowl of elaborate shrimp paste or fish sauce. The fat and sweet taste of each piece of grilled fish, combined with the fragrance of other kinds of ingredients and shrimp paste, will definitely fascinate diners, making them want to eat more.

- Recommended addresses: La Vong Grilled Fish - 14 Cha Ca, Thang Long Grilled Fish - 21 Duong Thanh

- Operating hours: 11:00 - 14:00 and 17:00 - 21:00

- Average price: VND 30,000 - 66,000/person


Photo: @whiteplatesonly

Hot boiled snails

In Winter, Hanoi is famous for hot boiled snail dishes. The pleasure of eating different types of Vietnam’s snails not only lures the hearts of Hanoian, but also international tourists due to its distinctiveness and attractiveness. Hence, hot boiled snail is also a dish that you should remember and write down in the checklist of Hanoi cuisine, so you can try it when coming to this land.

Although it is a popular dish, a bowl of hot snail and aromatic dipping sauce with many flavors - the salty taste of fish sauce, the sourness of kumquat or lemon, the sweetness of sugar, the strong aroma of ginger and lemon leaves, and the spiciness of hot chili - create a very special flavor of Hanoi hot boiled snail. In addition, when eating hot boiled snails, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the attractive salad of star fruits and figs. It is the acrid and bold taste of figs that reduce the fishy smell of boiled snails; at the same time, it will raise up the sweetness of snails.


What could be better than sitting next to a hot bowl of boiled snail in the cold weather with friends?


Having Hanoi hot boiled snails will also offer you an opportunity to gather and have a chit-chat with your friends and loved ones. It will be actually an unforgettable experience if anyone has a chance to enjoy Hanoi hot boiled snail on winter days.

- Addresses: No.1 Dinh Liet, 56 Hang Bac or 19 Gia Ngu, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

- Operating time: 9:00 - 22:00

- Average price: VND 15,000 - 80,000/person