9 Popular Hanoi Street Foods for You to Eat Like Locals

The Hanoi street food has a very different reputation; it lives up to the expectation of a delicious and healthy Vietnamese cuisine at its best. Most of the street food in the capital are gluten and dairy-free, which makes it the healthiest food in the region. The dishes are cooked with various ingredients, and the extensive use of herbs, limejuice, and chilies have given a completely different flavor to the Vietnamese cuisine in this part of the country.

Hanoi street food is bustling with flavors and varieties, you will be spoilt with choices and there is no way you are getting away without having various varieties of street food. Let give you a selected list of nine street food that you must try when you are taking a food tour in Hanoi.

1. Bun Cha / Grilled Pork with Noodles and Steamy Broth

This dish is found in almost every street corner, but we will suggest you try some in the Old Quarter. They serve some of the trendiest Bun Cha with some creative touch. You will love the tasteful broth, smooth noodles and delicious grilled meat. In addition, you will not face any problem in finding the stall because the smoke coming out of the grill will pave the way for you. The dish is served with a dipping sauce and lots of love.

2. Pho

Another very important and a celebrity dish in Vietnam, this particular dish is consumed for lunch, breakfast and dinner. Actually, people just eat it whenever they want; the broth is prepared with a number of simple ingredients like beef, beef and meat stock, finger, chilies, black cardamom, fish sauce and others. However, all you have to do is find a local shop with the help of our guide and relish this traditional dish.

3. Cà Phê Sữa Nóng

If you cannot pronounce it, don't worry, it's common in Hanoi and almost every local shop has this refreshment. If you love coffee, then you must not miss this drink. The coffee is locally grown and roughly chopped to brew using the drip filter. The espresso shots are mixed with condensed milk and ice to enhance the flavors and you will instantly fall in love. This brings in the energy and taste, all together.

4. Bahn Bao

These are bite-size extra fluffy buns and are available in any market place, the flavors are mostly savory, and it is steamed with a very delicious filling of beef, pork, chicken, or quail eggs. This snack has won the hearts of every foodie and some don't just eat with their belly full but also take some home. Every Hanoi Street will have a stall dedicated to Bahn Bao and surprisingly, every stall will present this dish with a different flavor.

5. Bun bo Nam Bo

This is a noodle dish and can be consumed at any time depending on how much a person loves eating this dish. The broth is flavorful and comes with a tangy sauce with beef slips in the side and bowl full of broth with noodles, bean sprouts, crushed peanuts, and few other toppings. The flavors are unique and delicious.

6. Bánh Cuốn (Steamed Rice Rolls)

 If you want to try the traditional breakfast food in Hanoi, don’t forget to try the savory pancakes. These pancakes are filled with ingredients like chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, shallots, nam pla, and others. You can try this Hanoi street food anywhere in the area and you will find similar flavor.

See more about Breakfast in Hanoi: Where & What to Eat


7. Nom Bo

This is a refreshing salad with a punch of flavors and textures. Various ingredients are thinly sliced and topped with other ingredients like green papaya, crushed peanuts, fish sauce, mint, and other items. The snack has gone through a lot of innovation and you will love every bit of the dish.

8. Bánh Xèo

This is another filled dish that uses a variety of stuffing made with shrimps, bean sprouts, herbs, and other ingredients is everybody’s favorite. The sizzling pancake is delicious and even better when you taste in some famous street food stall because they make it perfectly.

9. Meat Skewers

This is like a default Hanoi street food for every foodie. The preparations and ingredients are simple but the charcoal grills give in and combine the flavors together. The ingredients like lemongrass, chilli, oil, and others just adds up to the flavors. Every time you take a turn in some street corner in Hanoi, you will find smoke coming out of the charcoal grill. The dish is prepared with pork, beef, chicken, and others.

Here are some of the places you can visit to relish a delicious Hanoi street food.

Famous Places for Vietnam Street Food in Hanoi

1. Banh Cuon Gia Truyen: 14 Pho Hang Ga, Old Quarter

2. Banh Tom Ho Tay: 1 Thanh Nien, Truc B_ch, Ba Dinh District

3. Bia Hoi Ha Noi: 9B TA Hien

4. Madame Hien: 15 Chan Cam

5. Pho Gia Truyen: 49 Bat Dan | Old Quarter

You must enjoy some of the famous and delicious street food when you are in Hanoi. The capital city has some of the brilliant places to hang out and relish the street food, and you just read some of the places to spot Hanoi street food at a pocket-friendly price. Vietnam is known for many things and portioned food is one of the intriguing factors. 

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- Last updated on Jan. 27, 2021 -
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